The only person you are designed to become is the person you decide to be. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

We’ve known so many people in our life times and yet to know so many more. We spend countless hours, days, and years looking at others just stretching ourselves out to be one of them. When, the best person we can be for ourselves and others, is simply ourselves.

For some reason we look at others, what they have, success they’ve amassed, and decide we’re not good enough. Even though the potential to be incredible, is evenly matched or even better than the very one we are idolizing. The only thing that makes us any different than our idols is the paths we decided to take.

You’re far more blessed with success in your life than what you think you are. We don’t start out that way. In fact, we spend a lot of time trying to be everyone but ourselves trying to find success. Finding disappointment, anger, and frustration when we choose our idols path to find limited success or a tenth of the success they received following the same path.

What if we stopped trying to change who we are and just changed what we did? We are after all, and always will be, who we are. I’m sorry to be sharing that sobering thought with you. I don’t believe anyone of us can change who we are. I do believe, we can change what we do to be what we want.

I feel great at where I am. Looking back, I’m still inherently the same person I was as a teenager. I just learned to find success by not trying to fit into a mold I wasn’t going to fit into. I learned through a lot of disappointment, even a little later than I would have liked in life, that my choices are what make me what I am today. I’ve been lucky that somewhere along the way, one of my choices introduce me to the edge I needed to find success.

I believe a person can be better and closer by inches to what they really want, by just choosing the right way, not changing who they are. Find a way to get introduced to that edge as soon as you can. I’d love to tell you where to find it. I’d really like to share where that disgust in yourself will take you to and what it will tell you, but I can’t. You have to find it out for yourself. That edge is out there if you stop long enough to feel it, see it as the lesson its meant to teach, and learn from it.

Have a great rest of the week. I hope the start was a start in the direction of change you want in yourself. I hope you can be yourself along the way.

✌🏻 Shawn

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