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We Are Better When We Are Ourselves

The Beginning

For the best part of my life as far as I can remember,I have always wanted to be the best at what I do,to me being 'numero uno' had the air of rarity which could only enrich one's life. However as time grew on me and I became older, one thing was quite apparent, being the best at anything required hard work, commitment, sacrifice, and expanded knowledge of the given thing or subject. The next thing I learned is that I had to be willing to suffer and lose myself,so that what I wanted to be the best at would take precedence over everything else in my life. Finally, what was more evident, was the fact that you either had to be born with that skill,or learn and hone it as time progressed.

Self Realization

Whether we choose to accept it or not,some men were just born to be great,on the other hand some may have inherited greatness,but for the most part, being great is only intended for a selected few and not the majority of us. That maybe a hard truth for most to swallow, but what we have to come to terms with and realize that those who become great,really did so with the help of others,they needed a team of people or persons to enable their greatness to come to fruition.

What we have to discover very early is whether we are destined to be great,or members of a team responsible for someone else's greatness,this discovery is vital to acknowledgement of the role we must undertake in order for our lives to be fulfilled and rewarding. Some of us get caught up in the middle passage and find ourselves in transition forever halting between two opinions,this is not the place to be ever. Contentment must be the foundation for us going forward,for while one may desire to be a team leader,one must also be able to bear the burden of leading by example and being the chief servant. It is only when the true realization of our purpose reside in our spirit that we become masters of our destiny, either to be the best master or the greatest servant.

Acceptance

There is a famous saying which goes like this;'you don't know how I feel until you have walked in my shoes' and that is quite true,however being brave enough to accept indelibly in our minds and spirit the true sate of our destiny,is not as easy as one may think. The challenge here is not so much the reality but rather the rewards and end product of it all.

Let's take for example a garbage collector for our city or a water boy for the Dallas Cowboys,no one really places much thought on these jobs,they are basically seen as menial tasks to which anyone can perform without any qualification demands. Can you imagine the state of our cities and parks if there was no one to remove the garbage and keep them clean? Or can you imagine million dollar paid athletes trying to hydrate on the sidelines without a designated water boy?

The point I'm making maybe hard to accept,but if your portion is just to be a team player,then for goodness sake instead of looking at your position on the team why not just try to be the best team mate ever,why do we try so hard and waste precious time and resources to be a mirror like image of someone else when all we have to be is us. Why not try to leave our own original carbon foot prints on the sands of time,and secure a tangible legacy for our families and loved ones!

The value which we place on ourselves will be the same that will be reciprocated,according to this quote from Kurt Vonnegut “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” There is nothing more valuable on this planet than sense of purpose and contentment,if you find these two,then certainly you are on the way to being the best you can at what you can.

Portrayal-Posture

Conviction is by far the greatest foundation to becoming who you are,if you are convicted beyond doubt that you have found your niche in life,then whenever you step out there will be no mistake as to what your specific role and function is,you will portray it without rehearsal and without stumbling. No one will have to convince you about who you are or what you are supposed to be,instead you will be the one convincing them that more than anything what they see is what they get,period.


Street Talk

Great article Andy! I must say, I found your author bio just as inspiring. You have a lot to share for the benefit of others, and I look forward to discovering what it is.

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  about 8 years ago
Vernon L  

Andy this is deep! I know it took me awhile to learn how to accept myself. And like you said, it's the most beautiful thing in the world.

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  about 8 years ago

Amen my Brother; indeed.

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  about 8 years ago

I have heard about fake it till you make, so I understand the concept you are working on. Great article and I know people will get some great info from it.

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  about 8 years ago
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