Posted on September 7, 2015
“Imitation is suicide.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
From celebrities to the corporate world, you see individuals who try to emulate someone they admire. You see it every day; dozens of women and men try to copy the lifestyles of the rich and famous by buying trendy and expensive material items that range from fancy cars, designer purses, lavish trips and a myriad of ostentatious gifts. In fact, in the business world, you see a lot of people trying to copy their competition; creating the same exact programs, services, and products, only to discover that imitating their peers leave them down a slippery slope.
There is nothing wrong with admiring your peers and getting ideas from them. However, the process gets out of hand when you try to imitate someone to the point that you lose your own identity in the process. And this is what Ralph Waldo Emerson meant when he eloquently expressed: Imitation is suicide. In laymen’s terms, he simply meant when you try to imitate someone you are literally losing your sense of self and have no true identity. Instead of trying to be someone else; just be yourself. There’s nothing more rewarding than living your truth, and being who you truly are.