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Really rejoice in being yourself.  Have your own drumbeat.
Kim Cattrall

Working as I do with creative people, I often hear them bemoan the fact that they won't be successful because they aren't like their friend/hero/stereotype.  There is a great big "should" hanging over their heads.

(For starters, this throws up the whole concept of what "success" means - is it money, acclaim, reputation, innovation, lifestyle.  That will be the subject of a whole other blog.  Come back in a couple of weeks for that one.)

They want to make a living out of their creative work, but they aren't 'business' people.  When we drill down, what they mean is that they aren't suited and booted like the people who turn up on 'The Apprentice' or 'Dragon's Den'.  They aren't steely eyed entrepreneurs with a basic lack of maths which makes them think it is possible to give 120%.   

On the other hand, will they be able to succeed creatively because they aren't seemingly 'colourful' characters, like Greyson Perry, Tracey Emin, Zandra Rhodes or Vivienne Westwood? 

Whether as a business person, as a creative person, or a bit of both, why would you want to be like someone else?  Sure, use other people as inspiration, learn from them, ask them questions.  I am a great believer in picking other people's brains for insight and feedback.  

But the key to your work, your life and your relationships must surely be authenticity.  If you aren't being true to yourself and your values, if you are trying to be someone else, people will always pick that up and you are scuppered.

Instead of thinking you should be like someone else, recognised and rejoice in the fact that you are unique and bring something very special to the party.

As Judy Garland once said, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."

If this has struck a chord with you and you want to find out if coaching will support you, check out how we could work together and get in touch.

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