There’s one simple reason why you shouldn’t try to be something you’re not, and it’s that you can’t. The real you will come out anyway. It was Steve Jobs who said: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”
A plum once said: ‘Just because a banana lover came by, I converted myself into banana. Unfortunately, his taste changed after a few months and so I became an orange. When he said I was bitter I became an apple, but he went in search of grapes. Yielding to the opinions of so many people, I have changed so many times that I no more know who I am. How I wish I had remained a plum and waited for a plum lover!’
You see just because a group of people do not accept you as you are, there is no necessity for you to strip yourself of your originality. What water can do, gasoline cannot and what copper can, gold cannot. The fragility of the ant enables it to move and the rigidity of the tree enables it to stay rooted. Be the best you can be!
In Steve Tobak’s ‘How to Be the Best Version of You’, he unequivocally pointed out one of the consequences of stripping yourself of your originality. According to him, “You will pay a huge price when you engage in mindless distraction.” That’s certainly true. Look! There’s a business concept called opportunity cost. When you choose one course of action, you miss out on all the other opportunities you might have chosen to pursue but didn’t. People rarely stop to consider that until it’s too late.
You need to think good of yourself, for the world takes you at your own estimate. The worth of our lives comes, not in what we do or who we know, but who we are. You are special. Don’t’ ever forget it. Never let go of your true self to win a relation or gain recognition. In the long run, you will regret that you traded your greatest glory – your uniqueness, for momentary validation.