Trading Up

Each day before I leave my house, I stop to read the quote that’s posted on my door. Why would you trade what’s unique to you for something someone else can do?

We often try to convince ourselves that what we do is unique—that no one else can do it like we can. We take such pride in our skill sets, deeming ourselves the most talented athletes, the smartest students, or the best professionals in our career fields.

But, in reality, there is only one thing that is unique about you . . . and that’s you. There will always be other successful athletes, students, and people in your profession, but there will only be one you. It is our inherently unique characteristics—not our learned skills—that really distinguish us and make us who we are.

So why would you trade what’s unique to you for something someone else can do?

That’s a bad trade.

Since our unique traits are so defining for us, it’s important to consider how they will shape our future selves. Instead of simply trying to become better at what we do, we should be thinking about how to develop into the unique individuals we want to become.

-David