Emulating Shows Weakness
Why do you want to be a part of our company/organization? This is a common question that is sometimes answered in the wrong way. “I want to emulate my mother; she worked for your company her whole life.” That’s cute, but not efficient. To emulate means to imitate, strive to be like, or even strive to surpass a person or achievement according to the Google search engine. Emulation creates the problem of illusion or belief that who we are or what we’ve done as individuals is not good enough.
For instance, the famed quote from Marianne Williamson’s A Return to Love, “We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” uncovers a truth for me. Some of us often question our abilities, our beliefs, or ourselves in general and compare ourselves to the people we deem “successful.” In no way am I saying that admiration is wrong because in that sense you appreciate and respect someone for being themselves and accomplishing certain things. I am saying you have a journey separate from anyone else on this planet and emulating another person reveals insecurity of yourself.
Even with the rough estimate of 7 billion people who call this Earth “home,” you still are not the exact complete same as anyone else. Striving to be like someone else could potentially bring you unnecessary worry and stress. Think about it… The best thing about life is you can create yours. I am a believer that the human mind can do miraculous things and two minds are never the same. Leave your own legacy; make your own markings… Sure it may be similar to someone else’s but it should never be an imitation of anyone’s…Which could never be done successfully anyways! Strive to be better than the person YOU were yesterday.
So, a better way of answering the question, “Why do you want to be a part of our company/organization?” is to be organic and tell the truth. Since the company or organization is probably important to you and will impact your life, being honest about your intentions can only benefit you. Use yourself to your advantage. You are unique and mentioning you want to emulate another person takes away from yourself. In the words of Ricardo Housham, “Don’t be an imitator be an innovator, design your life and live it your way, not someone else’s way.”