Ben Simmons is the next…Ben Simmons! Simmons was the number 1 pick in the 2016 NBA draft, acquired by the Philadelphia 76ers. He is a phenomenal basketball player with a wide ranging skill set. Although Simmons might show similarities in talent to NBA icons, like LeBron James and Magic Johnson, it is important to allow Simmons to be himself. Many times, individuals create their own personal narrative for high profile players. Consequently, if a player does not play up to the standard a spectator has created, that spectator will denounce the player and become disappointed in the players potential. There is a quote that says, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Comparing an individual seems to create limitations. Comparison does not appear to allow a person’s skill to be fully appreciated. Allowing people to truly express who they are as an individual should be celebrated in all aspects of life. Individuals should be allowed to be who they were created to be, without intercession. And, onlookers could benefit from simply enjoying the journey and encouraging others as their gifts manifest.