Many of us would lean towards the first. The “Ideal” version of ourselves. Usually it’s comparable to someone we respect and hope to measure ourselves up to.
But how did that person get there? seemingly flawless execution?
I noticed most people I look up to are in their late 40s or 50s and not naturally talented.
They’ve tried many things.
Failed at many things.
Sucked at many things.
They are a product of persistence not luck.