Aren’t most people trying to be someone else, doing something they are not supposed to do? A famous proverb goes: “Wood may remain ten years in water, but it will never become a crocodile.”
The first step towards any kind of success is being what you are; this is the first step towards becoming better than you are. You get to fill the blackboard of your life with whatever you want. Identify your interests, knowledge, skills, talents and passion and follow it with your heart. Nobody is as disappointed and unhappy as the person who spends his/her life longing to be somebody else. The person who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle himself away. If you don’t have a plan for your life, you’ll only become a part of someone else’s. There is only one life for you — your own. The person who walks in someone else’s tracks never leaves his own footprints.
The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let them put you in that position. The opposite of courage is not fear but conformity. So try to understand your uniqueness and become better with each passing day. No one ever became great by imitation, so imitation is a limitation. There is no need for justification of who you are; you are marvellous, and your belief will make this true. So make your own impression.
One of history’s greatest artists once said: “My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you’ll become a general; if you are a monk, you’ll become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter and became Picasso.”