Are you inspired or intimidated by people who you’re looking up to? One doesn’t exclude the other and I’m sure this depends on case to case.
Certain people are simply born to inspire others. Whatever they do or end up doing is greatly admired, but their positive attitude and approach to people is inspiring and causes others to act.
On the other side are those that have produced amazing work, beautiful and remarkable things that other people think are at unreachable heights. Nobody can ever get there or surpass it.
When you think about what you are doing in comparison to those people, you feel intimidated, frightened, blocked, unwilling and you step back.
Feeling intimidated is nothing else than being scared and insecure. Have you noticed that self-confident people are not scared by new challenges? They actually seek them.
Instead of focusing on how you’ll never be the next Stephen King or Jamie Oliver, pose new standards – of being you. And remember that even they had their own heroes, but that didn’t stop them finding their own path. The world has never seen your work, your ideas, and your thoughts. It’ll always be original.
Comparing your work to others is a vain attempt. It leads to nothing productive. Try to please yourself by making your concepts real. You’ll feel better immediately because you would have materialized your ideas and brought something new to this world.
As for the wonderful things by others, enjoy their beauty. That’s why they were made: to be admired, looked at, inspire.
And when you face your fears and decide to go for it, don’t forget to check with those who admire your work and make sure they’re inspired by it. Don’t give them recipes for success. Lead them to find their own way of being what they are.