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Let them be them. You be you.

I have found that a common mistake made by people both young are old is trying to being like someone else. Good luck. 

Chances are the very people you are trying to be like consider themselves unique. They may have, in the past, been highly influenced by others they admire, but now they are who they are because of decisions they made.

You need to be you. You may follow the lead of the right people and choose to make your results a reflection of those who influenced you. But once you start putting your hand to the figurative plow, it is your signature on the finished work, not the people you are trying to be like.

You young folks out there have a once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity. Some of the very best people you will meet in your life are teachers. The great majority of these dedicated individuals are sold out in helping you be a better you. They are privileged to spend time with you in your formative years and really want to make a difference. They teach you subject matter that is relevant, but the more important lesson they teach you is through their example of a life’s work dedicated to others.

You will never get this opportunity again. Do not squander it with bad behavior when the right behavior is what is required. Be a leader, not a follower. Lead your life, not the life of others. 

Even if your school days are behind you, be judicious about who you pattern your behavior after. Saying “I want to be like so-and-so” is just an excuse to not be like you. 

Do not be afraid to be you. After all, you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

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