Be You... Not Someone Else

Leverage your biggest competitive advantage.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” — Oscar Wilde

What is your single biggest competitive advantage?

Is it your set of skills? Is it your experience? Is it your current position or title? Is it your network of friends and associates?

Close, but not quite.

Being YOU is your biggest competitive advantage, the sum total of everything leading to what and who you are today. There is no one like you on the face of this planet. You and your perspective are unique.

Why are you not taking advantage of your uniqueness?

Don’t do what you think others want you to do. You’ll end up pleasing them to the detriment of your own hopes and dreams. They will succeed while you lag further and further behind.

Don’t try to be someone you’re not. You’ll always be second best to the original. Let that someone be their best. Meanwhile, become who YOU aspire to be. Why should only one of you shine when both of you can shine?

Don’t follow a “recipe” for success. Everyone must walk their own path. Learn from others, but put that knowledge into action to acquire your own wisdom. What works for one person often requires adjustments for others.

Being the real you means chasing after what lights you up and engaging with fellow travelers. Those fellow travelers will value your path and perspective, something they cannot get anywhere else. Do the same for them in return.

It’s time to rediscover your path, the one leading to your happiness and success. Drop the soul sucking quick fixes and “recipes.” It all starts with just being YOU.

Where does this path lead? Only you can tell that tale.


🤔 Food for Thought:

Are you following a “recipe” for success?

Are you spending most of your time pleasing others?

Are you tired of working toward the success of others? Don’t you deserve success?


⚙️ One Small Step:

Walk up to a mirror. Ask your reflection this question:

“What creative act brings you happiness?”

When the reflection answers, make it a priority. What part of the day or week can you devote to this one thing?