Be a student not a follower is such a great quote that I remember hearing from Jim Rohn. When I first heard it I immediately changed my whole perspective on how to view people who are great then me. Because to me being a follower your really not learning anything from the person who you aspire to be like or admire.
Just think someone who is a student they learn as much as they can about whatever the subject may be. While a follower will only do one thing follow and copy. Which after while will start to limit your growth and perception.
So always remember there is only one of you and nobody else like you. Study and learn from the greats, and then apply what they did to your own life (well the things they did that you agree with and fit into your view of life).