The only thoughts that are self conjured could probably be those of a young child. Without having prior info on anything, that thought or idea is then original. As we grow, what we hear and see begin to change the way we think. The hearing of concepts and ideologies, whether consciously or subconsciously changes what’s in your mind. Continuous hearing of the same things leads to thinking about it, which leads to believing it and ultimately making it part of your life. So thoughts are basically born from what we hear or see; and what we do or say is from our thoughts; making the hearing and seeing aspect of our lives the most capable of tools in changing one’s lifestyle.
I’m 19, almost, and during those years on earth I’ve noticed how people strive to follow in the footsteps of those ahead of them. That’s good. But you see, there’s a (very) thin line between following in someone’s footsteps and and outright ‘imitation.’ People tend to look like someone and say, “I’m gonna be just like him.” And then start doing stuff that their role model did, down to the nitty gritty and refuse to expand their line of thinking and explore different ways of doing stuff. They usually hide behind the curtain of “i don’t remember him doing that” or “it can’t be that way because he didn’t do it that way.” And so without knowing it we limit ourselves to those ahead of us.
I had and still have people who I mentor and teach, and always encourage them to surpass me (keep trying guys!) because I see that that’s better for them. I believe it is every master’s dream to see his students surpass his level and make his mark, not just be an exact copyright. I wouldn’t want go to a place and say my name and then people are like…??? ..and then they remember you by the name of your senior. I have a name. And at times I’d like to hear it being mentioned.
My point is, if you have a role model, get what he has, add yours and surpass him. Step out of his shadow, after all, a revolution starts when someone crosses the line. But this isnt a license for pride,..that is usually a threat in the face of success. I like Richard Branson’s style of doing stuff, but I won’t stop where he is. I’ll keep pushing until I surpass him. Actually, that’s healthy, that way you’ll never slack. Overtaking is allowed, right?
It’s good to follow someone’s back. Really. But I think it’s better to see that back as the one you must jump over. Maybe you shoes are too small, so I must get my own.
Believe it, …But that’s just me.