There comes a time when your idols- people you admire- become your rivals.
It happens in one or both of the following ways:
1) You elevate your game to a higher level and you’re now competing in the same realm as those you look up to.
2) You got a closer look at your idols and saw the cracks in their armor. You realized they’re only human, they make mistakes, and… fuck…. they aren’t any smarter than you.
For many people this is a depressing realization.
Just a moment ago you had someone to look to as a guiding light. Someone to admire, and to sit and watch perform greatness.
Now, that light is extinguished. There is no more guide. No more show. The curtain fell and the lights turned off.
Don’t be sad during this moment. This isn’t a time to be depressed. This is a call to action.
It's in this moment you realize you’re capable of everything your hero’s have done and more.
Instead of watching giants, it's time to stand on their shoulders. The torch is being passed, and it's your turn to take it.
I remember when Kobe Bryant played in his first all star game as an 18 year old, and ended up in an epic battle with his idol, Michael Jordan.
Kobe couldn’t sit and watch Mj anymore. He had to beat him.
Teenagers go through this as they pass into young adult hood. They realize their parents are just people, trying their best but coming up short because they’re human.
Jesus is quoted as saying “he who believes in me will do the work I have done, and go in to do even greater things.”
So when you notice your idols start to become your rivals, don’t mourn the realization that they aren’t there to guide you anymore.
Take the call to action. It’s time for you to stop watching and start doing.
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