Why Can’t I Be More Like (Insert Name Here)
Posted on 04 March 2010
When I moved back home to run the family business, I began getting amazing input from great folks who were genuinely eager to see me succeed! I came across many new acquaintances as I got entrenched back in town and the in the new business, all of whom were doing amazing things, networking with numerous organizations, and appearing to be über productive every single second of the day. I read so many amazing blogs, viewed so many gorgeous websites, and listened to so many wonderful speeches that I began to get intimidated. They must be gifted motivational and inspirational superheroes to continuously churn out such amazing amounts of written and spoken material! I began to feel insecure and wondered if I could ever get “there”.
Now I know why my Dad would only give people 15 seconds to introduce him as a speaker! You can really intimidate people quite easily. Everyone instinctively measures up their lives according to those they meet, read or hear about. Where’d you go to school? How many kids do you have? How long have you been married? What do you do and most importantly, what have you done? My Dad taught me early on that the only person I should be competing with is me. Robert Browning said it beautifully: “My business is not to remake myself, but to make the absolute best of what God made.”