If you ride on the coat tails of others; make sure you know where they’re dragging you to. It’s your reputation that’s on the line and others are not going to care how you got there. It might harder to walk your own path, but at least you’ll control where you’re going, and how you got there.
Those you follow may seem like they’re walking the higher ground. They talk the talk and preach the good fight. But actions speak louder than words and you may not be privy to what’s going on behind closed doors, hushed tones or through code and sign language.
It’s never a good idea to put someone up on a pedestal and assume they live their life in the perfection they preach to others. Everyone is human and we all have our faults. Even the best of us sneak an extra cookie now and then. It’s ok to give someone your respect when they’ve earned it. But make sure they’ve earned it for the right reasons. The last thing you want to have happen is watch your heroes fall and take you with them when they do.
The solution is to remember we all have strengths and weaknesses. Admire the strengths and try to learn from them by implementing what you like onto your own path. Don’t do something because someone tells you to, no matter what the promise or threat. If you don’t think it’s a good idea, if you feel in your gut that it’s something you shouldn’t do, then you shouldn’t do it. Because you’ll be the one held responsible for it.
Put yourself on the pedestal for others to look up to. Hold admiration and respect for yourself first. It will help you through the hard times, support you through the issues and help you to innovate, adapt and overcome. You deserve that kind of respect. If you give it to yourself first, then you’ll always walk the path of good intentions and protect your reputation throughout your life.
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