People are just people. Famous people are just people. Wealthy people are just people. Successful people are just people.
It's important to have mentors, and it's important to have role models, but it's important not to set people up on a pedestal. No one is better than you as a person (unless you're just a jerk) and creating an idol out of a successful wedding professional or successful business person is a fast way to quench your creativity. Also, they'll inevitably disappoint you at some point. And if they don't, then you're probably not being objective enough in your view of them.
There is no reason that you can't be as successful or more successful than the people you look up to. There is no reason you can't be known as a trendsetter (trends are trends because someone said so; be the person who says so). There is no reason you can't be the person other people look up to. That truth is one of the hardest to accept, in both life and business, but it is also one of the most liberating.
Are you living your life in such a way that other people want to emulate or learn from YOU? And if not, why not?
Originally published in February 2009.