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Beating Someone at His Own Game

As babies we learn through imitation. We use our unrefined motor control skills to mimic what our parents do, and eventually with enough practice, most of us master the basics like eating and speaking.

The problem is that many people stay in this imitation phase for their whole lives, always having someone that they're trying to be, or at least copy. Maybe it's a cooler friend or maybe it's a celebrity.

What these people don't realize is that trying to copy someone is a fool's game, because it puts a ceiling on how good you can actually ever get. Take Steve Jobs, who I use as an example because he was a very distinct person whose qualities we're all familiar with. No one else will ever be Steve Jobs. You'll never hear the phrase, "He's like Steve Jobs, but even better."

Trying to become excellent AND copy someone else at the same time is like putting a Miro in the copy machine and expecting it to come out better than the original. It just doesn't happen. I don't know for sure why it's impossible to beat someone at their own game, but my guess is that it's because we can only really understand so much about someone from their actions. There's so much activity within their brains that we're not privy to. We see the tip of the iceberg, but sometimes we're trying to replicate 90% that's underwater just by looking at the visible portion.

Be Willing To Fail

On Cameron Chardukian

We’ve all had a time in our lives when we knew what the right thing to do was, but for whatever reason were just unable to make ourselves do it. If you can relate to this experience, this post is for you.

A large contributing factor to the success of any endeavor is the willingness to repeatedly fail. It’s impossible to produce remarkable results without failing. If it was possible everyone would be doing it, and thus it wouldn’t be remarkable.

The problem most people have with failing, however, is that when they fail they see themselves as failures. That’s wrong. The only person who is a failure is the one unwilling to fail in the first place.

Theory Versus Practice

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