Picture Post: Paradox of being someone else

This picture post is a simple concept but yet powerful in my opinion. When we were kids we wanted to grow up because we thought that was cool, and once we grow up we cherish and want to relive the life of a child. So strange are our wishes, but there is more to life than just making these wishes.

Professionally, I have seen people try to mimic others and try to compare with everyone. You are meant to be unique and there is only one person out there that resembles you – that is YOU. So don’t get into the rat race of being someone else and loosing your identity in that process to become Nobody. I feel strong about this philosophy and would love to hear from you too.

Take a moment to see yourself – how we tame our kids to be somebody else, how we compare them with others, how we talk with managers/HR of someone else’s success and compare.

Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality – Les Brown

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  1. Hi Vinod Sir
    First i strongly oppose comparison between human as it hide real identity of one man. but When it comes to comparing between kids then it depends on from the very beginning of child birth. how it was brought up, environment, food, schooling , thought process got from parents/ locality.
    and many facet that affect , so its absolutely not fair to compare

  2. Thoughtful.

    Remembering an Ad (forgot the name), where a kid is asking back “Why I can’t be just me?” when everyone ‘inspires’ the kid by singing “you can be the next so and so..”

    I think everyone need a role model at some point to progress in life, but as Jeff pointed out, the trick is to consciously develop a habit “viewing all contributions critically, regardless of source” ( http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2009/02/are-you-an-expert.html ).

    That may help you in a big way to form your own opinions via critical thinking, which is a good first step towards being self dependent.

    In real world, every ones concept about ‘Success’ itself is relative – and the story goes like even King Alexander who thought Success means conquering the entire world got his belief shaken, when he met a self-established Yogi in the Himalayas, during his entry to India.

    And who can be a perfect role model? Still remember this quote from Guy Kawasaki’s Art of the start – “One day you’ll see a man who don’t really care about his money or fame, and on that day you’ll realize how poor you are” ;)

    • Equally thoughtful Anoop. Thanks for taking time in writing your views.

      Getting an inspiration as role model is great. But you must not try to get stereotype yourself into a box to become the other person. One needs to understand, they are unique in their own rights. This is the critical mantra.

      • Yes, absolutely agreed. Learning to realize your own uniqueness is probably the best thing you can learn from others – that’s why your post is so unique :).

        • “One day you’ll see a man who don’t really care about his money or fame, and on that day you’ll realize how poor you are”…..Wonderful..Thanks a lot..for introducing such a fabulous thought with us. Thanks again.