Admiring others is great. You can pull ideas of what you’d like to accomplish and who you would like to be. You’re able to see what is humanly possible, you can see that someone else in the world sees things the way you do, had the same idea and made it happen, or stood against the crowd and relented all the same. It’s a great wellspring of motivation and I would never discourage anyone from looking to others for validation that what they want to do, is possible. That’s where I stop.
Too often we spend our time trying to replicate the greatness of others. We want so much to have the success others have that we hone in on EXACTLY what they did to get where they are. What route did they follow, what steps did they take, how long did they do X? While these endeavors are in earnest, we often lose ourselves to finding “the way” instead of taking action. We spend hours of our lives doing exactly what an admired party has done because it will get us to where they are.
If you manage to copy every single step taken by someone you admire or look up to, all you’ve done is complete the exact same things they’ve done. You’ll have accomplished no more than they have, which will not make you any different than anyone else in the world. You must be yourself to make an impact. Replicating someone else’s success is simply a form of flattery that will bring with it some success, but little fulfillment.
Those people you admire came to the realization, at some point, that they didn’t care what others thought. They were going to do what they wanted because they wanted to make it happen. Don’t be the next version of someone else, be the best version of you, uniquely you.