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Imitating successful people isn’t cool, so stop doing it!

Sharika S Nair
20th Feb 2017
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No doubt, successful people are inspirational and we often we like to take a leaf out of their books. But to follow someone else and practise what they do 24x7 is sheer foolishness. We are all different, and what works for one might not work for others.

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Successful people may add ginger to their tea, eat semi-baked fish, and wake up facing the east. We have all heard such claims, many of which may not even be true. The next thing you know, you are tempted to try it out. The problem lies in the fact that we may not know everything an Elon Musk or a Bill Gates does throughout the day. As the saying goes, ‘A little information is a dangerous thing.’

Here’s why you need to stop imitating successful people:

There is no established ‘right’ method

You can do things the way you find best and comfortable. Trying to imitate someone curbs your authenticity and you end up blindly emulating your mentor or role model. Your actual self already exists, and you should work towards making it the best.

You begin to feel inadequate

When you tend to compare yourself with big entrepreneurs, fitness enthusiasts, and celebrities who post things on Instagram, Facebook and other social media platforms, the result is very destructive.

Once you benchmark your worth based on others, your own lifestyle choices and routines will induce in you a sense of inadequacy and self-doubt.

Because no one really cares

“I follow xyz’s diet daily. She did it for over a year and lost 45 kg, and soon I will be just like her!”

How many times have you heard such claims? Frankly speaking, no one, besides you, cares about how many milligrams you are losing in a week. For all you know, the person you are trying to emulate might be sipping a martini on the beach. Blind imitation won’t get you any external recognition.

You seek permission for everything

When you start accepting yourself, you worry less about what others think about you. Otherwise you start seeking permission for every single decision you ever make. Once you get rid of this habit, even negative reviews won’t seem to affect you. The result will be a stress-free mind, ready to let ideas flow.

You lose focus

There are many definitions to success. For some it may mean being happy always. Few associate success with money. If happiness and peace of mind are what you are looking for, then following someone else’s ways divert you from what really matters to you.

There are several habits, ways of working, and methods to keep fit and healthy that suit different individuals. Reading blogs, following inspirational videos, and listening to motivational talks are surely good practices that can teach a lot. But always remember that you are what you are and nothing should ever change that.

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