Friday, February 15, 2013

Successful People

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.

13 comments:

Meagan said...

You are so right about this Liene. I think we need to remind ourselves of this more often, it is easy to think the grass is greener, or that someone has something that we do not. It is wise to learn from others and reach out to those you admire for their expertise or input, but when you feel less of a person in their shadow, it is unhealthy. Confidence and belief in yourself are critical ingredients of success I think, thanks for reminding me of this!

A. Latrice said...

Great post!! All it takes is a little confidence and self determination!!

Thanks Liene!

Jodi {In Any Event} said...

Thank you for the great post, Liene. Around the office I often say, 'We put our pants on the same as they (clients) do, one leg at a time.' And I think it's a great reminder that at the end of the day, no one is better than another. Maybe just in different circumstances.

Juliet Douglas said...

This sounds just like my dad. "People are just people" and he also taught me that if someone else can do something, why shouldn't I be able to?

Thanks for a great post!

isha said...

This might be my favorite post but I'm not sure because there have been so many great ones lately. Seriously - thank you.

Jodi {In Any Event} said...

Very wise words to live by, I couldn't agree with you more. This is quite an inspirational post and I hope other business owners like myself get the chance to read it. Such a seemingly simple concept to live by, yet so crucial to succeed. Thanks for sharing!

ashley said...

Amen! Great post as always, Liene! Thank you for the smart reminder :)

Julie Dawson said...

Great comments, very inspiring!!

Sarai said...

Thank you Liene! you have such a fresh and easy way to say deep and important facts. I needed this today :)

A Monique Affair said...

I so love this one - but you always have great ones!! This is my favorite!!!

landlocked bride said...

Great words of advice! Thanks for posting, Liene!

Precious Occasions said...

Thank you so much Liene. This is a tough industry and I am always in search of motivation and inspiration to keep my drive going. Your post did just that.

I always look to a professional that I can strive to be like but just like you said, there is no reason why others can look up to me as well.

Thanks again.

Mike Larson said...

GREAT post, I'm re-tweeting this for sure! Thanks for providing such a value!