“There is no such thing as a self-made person…. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success” (George Matthew Adams). We are programmed from birth to develop certain thought and behavioral patterns. We respond by learning from our parents, siblings, teachers, and many other people in our lives, which creates the paradigm between our conscious and subconscious minds. Similar influential patterns remain as we grow older. We must surround ourselves with people we admire and desire to emulate. We can learn to adopt and acquire their character traits, routines, attitudes, vocabularies, behaviors, and success through being more consciously aware and in tune with ourselves and surroundings. Infusing greatness from others into us does not make us little mini-me’s of them, only more potent, competent, and dignified versions of ourselves.

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