Morning Cup of Joe – Carbon Copy


Stop trying to be someone you’re not. Being yourself is the best gift you can give yourself and to the world. Accept the fact that you are truly unique in every aspect of the word. I want to stress the point of emulation; it is ok to emulate someone successful. The goal is to reap the benefits of and yield similar results that the successful person has by emulating or imitating their actions. This type of imitation is healthy. The imitation I speak of in the first sentence deals specifically with those of you who choose to live your life based on someone else’s standards and expectations. You can choose to change that today.

It is imperative that you write your own story. As I mentioned before, many people make the mistake of trying to mimic the actions of the wrong person. You will know the person you are choosing to imitate is not the “chosen” one when the results you are producing are less than favorable. Your mentor is producing results that benefit them as a result of being themselves; you need to do the same. Everything that makes them great is precisely what can and will make you great if you put your personal spin on it.

Learn to trust, love and accept yourself for who you are and what you can give to the world. Commit to memory the fact that you are uniquely gifted; allow the world to benefit from your gifts. The one song that kept playing in my head as I shared this word with you is Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”. The final verse of that song, in so many words, epitomizes the walk of a leader; “For what is a man? What has he got? If not himself – Then he has naught. To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels. The record shows I took the blows and did it my way.”

You already have the roadmap to success, now all you have to do is do it your way!

To The Top!
Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – Be Yourself

Commit to memory that you are unique and truly one of a kind. Even a set of twins has distinguishable features that set them apart. You possess a set of skills that is personal to you. You were made in His perfect image. When you look in the mirror, that is who God envisioned when He created you; He does not make mistakes. In addition, you were born with a set of gifts that no one can take from you. Use those gifts if you want to experience an abundant life.

I am often baffled at how many people in the world try to imitate others. While imitation is the best form of flattery, it never yields the same dividends as the original. It is imperative that you be yourself. Some qualities of others may warrant duplication but nothing beats the original. Understand that the people being copied created what is being imitated. You possess the same power to create yourself by virtue of who your father is. If you are going to copy anyone, copy God.

If you are going to recreate anything, recreate the road a wildly successful person has travelled. Follow the steps they took to reach their pinnacle of success and you may receive similar benefits. Read the books they’ve read, listen to the words that have influenced their lives and adopt the tenacious attitude they have which has allowed them to reach the top. By simply dressing like them or trying to sound like them you will not be able to be successful like them.

Success does not happen through osmosis, you have to go out and create your own. Be yourself and the rest will follow.

To The Top!
Joe Paul