Last night I read a great blog post by Seth Godin and thought, “How do I come up with something that brilliant?”
Actually what I really thought was, “My blog is terrible compared to his.”
I began to compare myself to all of the great writers that I read. I looked through all of my future blog topics to come up with a post for today, but I immediately shot them all down because they weren’t “good enough.”
Anything I started to write didn’t to be “Godin quality.”
But then I realized something…
People don’t come to this blog because they want to read Seth Godin.
If reading Seth Godin is what they wanted, they would not need to come here at all. They would go straight to Godin’s blog.
I shouldn’t spend time comparing myself to other authors.
I know that I may never be as funny as Jon Acuff, as insightful as Susan Cain, or as devotional as Max Lucado.
And the best part is…I don’t have to be.
Those writers have been writing for years. I have been writing for days.
It is great to strive to be the same quality of a writer that they are, but it is silly to think that I should be where they are at this very moment.
If Godin is the big leagues of writing, I may be stuck in single A. But that is fine. My career has just begun.
Just because my post isn’t something Godin, Cain or Lucado would write, does not mean I shouldn’t write it.
I just need to be me. And my writing is “good enough.”
Hopefully that same message applies to you too! Just be you.
If you are a singer, don’t compare yourself to Taylor Swift. Her CD is already out. Just be you and sing your song.
If you are a painter, don’t try to be Michelangelo. You will lose that contest every time. Just be you and create your own Sistine Chapel.
If you are a dad, don’t copy the older dads you see at the park. You don’t need their kids to love you. Just be you and love your own kids.
I may never be the best writer. And you may never be the best singer, painter or dad. But I can be the best me. And you can be the best you.
2 thoughts on “Be You”
How true your words are. We all strive to be better in what we design, create or write. It is human nature. I am writing my first book and I know I am not a great writer but I believe I am a good writer bc I am sharing my heart and soul to the world as well as my paintings. It is not always how you do it that makes it great, it is the sharing of you inner soul that makes it GREAT. Keep on sharing with us, I love what you have to say.
Well said. No one else can write your book. It is sharing your heart and soul that makes it yours. And that is what makes it special.