Uniqueness isn’t a virtue. It’s a responsibility. | Mark Batterson
Unique. The appearance of the word validates its meaning. Unfortunately, many people in our society seem to have forgotten that they have a responsibility to be unique. The same can be said about many organizations. We all have the tendency to identify someone who is achieving success and then attempt to imitate them.
They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. I disagree. Imitation is the greatest form of laziness. You weren’t created to be like someone else. You were created to be you… the best you possible. If we spend our lives trying to copy others, one of us is unnecessary. Yet, copying others is about as creative as some people get.
A coworker and I once talked about creating a fictitious organization that we controlled. We knew that the leaders of our organization were prone to copy what others did, so by creating and controlling the make-believe organization, we could control the place we worked. It was a genius plot that would make for great television or a comic strip!
When you pause to copy others, you stop short of your potential. It’s not that you desire to be better than someone else. The point is that life isn’t a competition. When I’m at my best, those around me are at their best. When you are at your best, you have the same effect on those around you.
Don’t squander your life becoming a cheap imitation of something or someone. Dare to explore your creativity. Don’t imitate, initiate. Create change. If you don’t become you, who will? Think about it!
In what ways are you expressing your uniqueness?