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Sorry Oprah, But I Don’t Want to be Just Like You

We’ve all been asked who we idolize or aspire to be. The regulars? Oprah, Michael Jordan, Martha Stewart, Steve Jobs, and the occasional Kim K. It seems every occupation has an idol, right? Every aspiring football player is the next Tom Brady. A budding entrepreneur is the next Bill Gates. Every Harvard dropout is the next Mark Zuckerberg. The list goes on.

We all want to become the world’s next-best-something. And so, we choose an idol in our desired field, and hang onto the dream everywhere we go.

The greatest achievers create new and individual paths, rather than aiming to be just like someone great before them.

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Photoshop by Erik Shute

 

 

Though I’ll never deny enjoying this faux magazine cover (thanks, Photoshop),  I don’t want to be the next Oprah— and neither should you. Instead, the focus must remain on carving out your own unique path, and I think the talk show queen herself would agree. There will never be another Kobe Bryant or Rachael Ray or Warren Buffett. The greatest achievers create new and individual paths, rather than aiming to be just like someone great before them.

As a host, people constantly ask me who I want to be when I “grow up.” For starters, I’m already grown up (hence, my thoughts on the quarter-life). And more importantly, I just want to be me— to build my own story of hard work, creativity and love for others.

And so, I challenge you to become the best you when you “grow up.” To reach your greatest potential. To write your own story. And to feel incredibly proud of it.