How to Not Be Like Mike

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

In real estate parlance you will hear many talk of keeping up with the Joneses. People at work get promotions and buy bigger houses and better cars, and they want to likewise. How superficial in life is that? But I see something far more insidious in that in life and that is trying to "be" someone else.

Mikchael JordanMotivational speaker and writer Pat Williams wrote a book about basketball great Michael Jordan. It was entitled, "How to Be Like Mike." While the premise of the book about lessons in success from a basketball star's journey had some merit to it I have always hated that title.

Many people look around the world at others with their charm, success, humor, intelligence, good looks, band of friends, connections and want to be in that crowd and like them. They completely discount what they have to offer themselves. Somehow they feel they fall short and they are inadequate. I have great sadness for them when I see that. I see it far too often.

You GiftComparing yourself with other people will ALWAYS make you miserable. It has to be stopped. It denies your uniqueness in the world and the gifts you have that make you special.

More than that, I think it is the #1 distraction you can have in your mind that wastes more of your time looking at someone else and not developing and growing yourself to your full potential. It REALLY gets your eye off the ball. Why? Because you are looking at someone else and trying to be like them. Looking at another's good points and developing them in yourself is fine. But don't ever want to be them! You are YOU!

Even in social blogging, some may have been at it longer than you and have accumulated "more points." In Realtor offices, some are more veterans with more years under their belt. DO NOT LET ANY OF THESE PEOPLE INTIMIDATE YOU!! I speak for all the newbies of the world. A secret for you: "They are no better than you." In fact, you may be far superior to them in so many areas of your life. Embrace them and congratulate them for all they offer. But please, don't be them. You are denying the world everything that is in the beautiful you.

Remember you are the gift you came to give the world. You are nothing less than a treasure. Honor that gift by just being You. Find your "internal" compass and follow that, not someone else. YOU is what the world needs to see each and EVERY day!

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Liz Moras
Chilliwack Realtor, Garrison Crossing,Chilliwack, Abbotsford
Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake

Gary..........a midnight pep talk for me! Detailed.......hmmm......digging digging...research...........I just did one on Croatian trivia....I'll post tomorrow.....Thankyou.......kind sir..........:-)

June 29, 2008 02:02 AM
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Michael Cather
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Rodeo Realty

You must have read Og Mandino's books.  Am I right?  Great post!

June 29, 2008 02:05 AM
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Gary Woltal
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Keller Williams Realty

Derenda: When we are most like ourselves and not someone else, I think that sense of us being genuine comes across strongly. Others call it transparency. It does open us up to being vulnerable with all those consequences. But it is the most honest. It is the most powerful statement we give from within. And probably looking back on what you've written, it may be your best stuff.

Liz: I always look forward to what you find. This one should be interesting. Croatia has so much history behind it. I see your mind is spinning in the wee hours of the morning. That is when you do your best work it seems.

Michael: I have read Og Mandino's books in the past. Maybe some of the thoughts and principles from what he wrote have sunk into my subconscious.

June 29, 2008 07:47 AM
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Carol Culkin
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Gary - I agree, it's all about doing your "personal best" - it's a term I have used since my daughter was a distance runner in high schools. Runners learn to compete with the focus on beating their own best record!  

June 29, 2008 09:22 PM
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Carol: That term "personal best" or PR personal record does come from running. We really should be competing against ourselves all the time. That is the most healthy. It's great you instilled that in your daughter.

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