The first time I put a name to what I wanted to do with my life, I got all excited about my uniqueness. "I'm such a visionary!" I thought.
Then I did some research and found that someone else had already "done" it, and was already reaping massive rewards like money, acknowledgement, and freedom. This first happened when I saw guys like Tim Ferris, Seth Godin, Tony Robbins, Lewis Howes, and others. At first it made me stumble. I thought, "well, I don't want to be derivative or a 'follower' of those guys, I guess I should keep searching."
After some more searching I realized something exciting... if someone else is living my dream life, that means it is possible! That means it's real! And I started to let go of the fact that we all start off a new instrument by learning the work of others. We all start off learning how to write by emulating our favorite writers. Eventually our own voices come out when we've mastered the basics. This is nothing different.
So if you've ever felt that sinking sensation that someone else is living your dream life... don't let that deter you. See it as a road map. See it as an invitation. See it as a confirmation that you can do it too.
I'm living my dream life right now, and there's more to come.
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