Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. (Judy Garland, late actress)
It has been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but Garland offers a wise caution. Don’t try to be a Kobe Bryant; you’ll most likely never reach his status as a basketball star. Or, cellist Pablo Casals. Be the best yourself you can be; follow the Apostle Paul’s counsel.
And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1).