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You’re the Best. So Am I!

Posted on December 07, 2011 @ 12:33 AM in Uncategorized

Don’t you love people who express exactly the way you think and feel in a way you were never able to?

That’s what Seth Godin does for me. In one of his posts, he talks about a violin student at Julliard. She asked him: “In The Dip, you talk about the advantage of mastery vs. being a mediocre jack of all trades. So does it make sense for me to continue focusing on mastering the violin?”

As he explained in his blog post, it was highly unlikely that she would ever be the world’s top violinist. Even Joshua Bell may not be the most technically proficient. However, Bell is the best gosh-darned Joshua Bell the world has ever known! And that Julliard student has the chance to be her best, too.

And so it is. There will never be another you. Or me. Or anyone else.

Are we making the most of that?

What a powerful differentiator!

Every once in a while, we meet someone who squeezes every ounce of juice they can out of life. They’re joyful. Vibrant. A pleasure to be around. You feel yourself absorbing their incredible energy.

That potential is there for all of us. But we usually don’t believe in ourselves enough to realize it.

Stop it!

The year is almost over. There’s a chance to start anew.

I’ll never be the world’s greatest copywriter. Best cook. Smartest thinker. Most talented musician or most graceful athlete. But by gum! I’ll always be the best gosh-darned me you’ll ever know.

And so will you.

Being our best is more than enough for anybody.

Mother Teresa said, “What I do, you cannot do; but what you do, I cannot do. The needs are great. And none of us, including me, ever does great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”

And you-know-who said, “There’s still time to change the road you’re on.”

My year-end challenge to you is this.

Think of three things about yourself you can love, celebrate and make even better. Giving more space to the good steals space away from the bad.

Then carry those three positive qualities with you wherever you go – in life, in friendship, in business – wherever.

You might be surprised at just how great you can be.

Please share your thoughts, comments, promises.

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