Thought of the day
Trying to be something you're not is like being someone else's stunt double. The stunt double looks similar to the actor sufficient enough for them to do a stunt in place of the actor while still giving the appearnance to the viewer that the actor did the stunt. The stunt double essentially assumes the identity, for all intents and purposes, of the actor. Let's take this analogy a bit further and point out that actors themselves portray someone else. When we fashiorn ourselves after someone else, we run the risk that they themselves aren't being authentic in which case we would be copying a copy. Bottom line is that no matter how hard we try to be something else, we will never be as good as the original so our only option for true greatness is to love and be our original selves.
Since I decided to let go and be myself boldly I have been more happy and free than ever. I am no longer trapped by the web of peer pressure and social conformity. I am better able decide the direction of my life and subsequently follow along that path because I know and love who I am. This state of being has fostered confidence both in myself and those around me. As a result, more and more opportunities both professionally and interpersonally, have opened themselves up to me that were previously closed. Additionally, I don't have to worry about my true nature seeping out at the wrong times because there is no variance between who I am when alone versus who I am around other people. This frees me up to concentrate on the task at hand - self improvement.
When you do this, you will find that some people may walk away from you; but for every person who leaves there will be another who will take their place. What good about that is the new people are there because of who you actually are and not who you portray yourself to be. So be proud, stand tall, and love yourself!