There’s a great old story about the 12-year-old who told his baseball coach he wanted to be the next Babe Ruth.
“That’s a noble goal, son,” the coach says. “And you only lack three things to be just like the Babe.”
“What are they?” asked the boy.
“Size, strength, and power,” the coach smiled. When the boy frowned, the coach asked, “But why must you be another Babe?”
“You know you can place hit the ball, field well, and throw accurately. Don’t try to be another Babe. Just be the best you you can be.”
The Secret: Those of us who work as biographers aren’t looking for duplicates. We want to tell the stories of unique individuals whose special talents or perspectives enlighten readers.