“The only person you are destined to become ....” — Ralph Waldo Emerson


This week's Monday Mojo post is inspired by one of the most famous of the 19th Century Concord writers, Ralph Waldo Emerson. There are so many memorable quotes throughout his incredible portfolio of work, that I'm sure he'll be referenced again in this blog.

As I'm presently going through a period of personal introspection and reflection, this quote really resonated with me, as I'm sure it will with many...


“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”Ralph Waldo Emerson

I like this quote on many fronts and believe it is something that we all need to remind ourselves of, everyday.

There is no doubt that who we are is shaped by many influences and experiences we have throughout our lives.

  • Where we grew up.

  • Where we went to school.

  • Our family structure.

  • Our relationships.

  • Work experiences.

  • Our bosses.

  • Our colleagues.

  • Our friends.

And the list goes on. However, all these life experiences and influences do not define who we must be, nor who we will be.

That responsibility lies with each and everyone of us.

The person we will be, is determined by our actions, our behaviours, our values, our goals and the steps we take to realise those goals; one of which should be a definition of the person we would like to be.

Do you want to be someone who can speak another language?

  • Have you bought a book on that language? Have you downloaded a self-learning app? What about visited a country that speaks that language? Enrolled in a course?

Would you like to be someone who has run a marathon?

  • Have you set an exercise program? Employed a personal trainer? Joined a gym? Researched what you need to do to prepare yourself to run a marathon? Bought some running shoes?

Would you like to be a CEO?

  • Have you invested in the right education to be a CEO? Do you have a mentor or coach to guide you? Are you studying leadership and the skills and attributes that successful leaders have? Do you have a plan?

I could ramble on with additional examples, but you get the gist. Becoming who you want to be, is a lot like developing your career. It requires time, focus, commitment and a positive mindset.

Be warned though! There will be people out there who will pigeon-hole you based on your qualifications, your experience, where you live, your name, your race, your gender, your sexual orientation, your age and how you look.

That's their problem, not yours.

Who you are today and your background, does not decide who you will be in the future.

As the indubitable Mr Emerson eloquently points out, your destiny is up to you. Today you can decide who you are destined to be and with each decision, each action, on each day, each week, each year - keep moving towards being that person.

The world is your oyster and your story is not yet written - destiny awaits.

Have a great week!


Image attribution:

Photo of Crystal Ball by Oleg Magni from Pexels

Photo of Ralph Waldo Emerson - ca 1857 via Wikimedia Commons

Destiny Sidewalk Photo by Danica Tanjutco on Unsplash