You are something truly unique in this world! Never since the beginning of time has there been anyone like you and never again throughout all the ages will there be anyone exactly like you again. Science states that we are what we are based on a combination of 24 chromosomes from each of our parents. The 48 chromosomes determine what we inherit. Geneticist Amram Scheinfield says, " Even after your mother and father mated there was only one chance in 300 trillion that the person who is specifically you would be born. So why do we waste time trying to fit in or imitate other people when we are truly one of a kind? Its because..... we have allowed ourselves to become trapped. Not by any physical detriment, but encased in a prison created by our own minds. Ladies and Gentleman, Be yourself even if you don't think its a good idea. Years ago you coundn't have convinced me that I'd be doing what I'm doing now because of the bitter experiences I've had in my life pursuing false identities. I'm reminded of times when I felt that being myself was never a good idea. It all started growing up in a position where I thought that mediocrity and my life were one and the same.
My mother being the only semi father figure I ever had. I found myself constantly wishing I could feel the connection other children seemed to have. Crying at night because I couldn't protect my mother from the pain. My mother, my only salvation. How could I be happy with who I was? Growing older, I wore the same 3 outfits to school for two years until I was able to get my first job. I didn't have any money. Constantly being made fun of because of it. It hurt so much. Getting Involved in gangs and saturating my life with drugs, I became desperate to just be part of something. In my heart I wanted to be an entrepreneur. But how could someone like me do that. Anyone here ever have dreams and didnt believe you had what it took? Following what other people wanted I ended up in the military for a few years. Never truly satisfied with my life direction my military career went by fast. But I grew dependent on that career and when It was over my life was in shambles. .
I found myself sleeping on a bean bag in a friends studio apartment. Eating food one grade higher than dog food, Weighing over 240 lbs. I was sabotaging my life, treating people like garbage. Making excuses, I let fear take the lead in my life. "This is not who I am" I thought to myself, but fear allowed me to justify my actions. Saying things like, If they're really my friends they'll stick around or Why should I have to change they won't be around long enough anyway. Not because I wanted to but because I truly felt that if I engaged in life, with people, sooner or later they would find out that I wasnt enough. I didnt think I had anything to share with anybody. I just wanted to be more like you, and you and you. If I could be like other people who seemed like they were on the right track I would be ok. WHY ISN"T THIS WORKING? I asked myself, torn between an inner struggle for an identity I thought I should have and one that is truly who I am. But something happened.... The words I received from a mentor changed my life......... He says, Demone. You must stop and reassess your priorities and values. You must be willing to be yourself, not what other people want you to be because you think that is the only way you can get love. You can no longer be dishonest.
Dishonest with yourself and dishonest with those people you care so much about. You are at a point where, If you truly want to live, you have to be who you are. Wow!! They say when the student is ready the teacher will appear. And I invite you to let that message touch your lives as well. Because once I truly accepted myself for who I am. My entire life turned around. I ended up starting my own company, pursuing my passions and living the life I always wanted. You see ladies and gentleman, you are truly a gift. We can't keep living to other peoples rules and standards. Inside all of you is a flame, and you must become that pillar of fire that others can see even in the darkness of their own lives. The flame who empowers others to let their own light shine. From the words of Nietzsche, At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time. Ladies and Gentleman Be Yourself- Even when you think its not a good idea.