You cannot be anything you want to be—but you can be a lot more of what you already are. (Tom Rath, management consultant and author)

Rath’s comment is a correction on the common idea that if you try hard enough you can be anything you want to be. Americans like to think that’s true, but in reality there are a lot of factors that limit what any one person might be able to achieve. But Rath’s observation is helpful; maybe you can’t be what you want to be, but you can be a better you.

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed. (2 Timothy 2:15).