Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Be yourself

A very busy week for us - we are on the road a lot – much to do - and not enough time to concentrate fully on my Simplicity Blog but one thing that came to my inbox today hits home powerfully to me.

"Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself." - William Faulkner

Quite often, people - including me when I was younger - try to copy people we see as role models when what we should remember is that we are all special individuals. Living our life in the best way we can is always good enough. You and me don't need to copy anyone.

I always pinch good ideas from people I respect and admire - but as this quote indicates - just be yourself and do that well - then try to do that better. Simplicity!

Put another way - Just try to impress the person you see in the mirror.


Sriram said...


So true that i cannot refuse with what u have said. I believe in believing in yourself. That being said, I feel its better to ape the positives of any individual you encounter in ur life (be it personal or professional) and get a positive essence outta em' and try to apply it in a scenario / circumstance that fits / suits u best. Ofcourse, never ever be a COPYCAT! It sucks!

Trevor Gay said...

Absolutely right Sriram - Learn from role models we admire.

Troy Worman said...

Love it. Love it!

Simplicity. Truth to one's self. Embracing one's uniqueness. It's easier said than done. But when done well, well, it's simply beautiful.

Trevor Gay said...

Thanks Troy - I love the quote; 'Where there is no path why not create one for others to follow'