The companions (may Allah be pleased with them) liked each other, without wanting to be like each other – and that was why they were unique: because each was different, and understood that he had a different potential/ talent and that the purpose was not to wish he had the talent of another companion, rather maximize his own potential and God-gifted talent of his in service of Islam.
No companion felt that he was superior, neither inferior to another companion. Khaled ibn Waleed never wanted to be like Abu Huraira in knowledge, neither was Abu Huraira craving to lead an army. Umar might have wanted to compete with Abu Bakr in good works, but do that in his own way and style. Companions never mimicked each other in the way they walked and talked.
Khaled ibn Waleed was aware that he did not memorize much of the Qur’an, but that did not make him want to abandon his military career and sit in the Haram of Makkah to become a Hafidh (memorizer of the Qur’an). In fact, Muhammad ﷺ never expected that rather he celebrated Khaled’s military skills and named him the sword of Allah.
Admire whoever you want, but recognize at the end your talents and abilities, and rather than thinking of becoming someone else, think about how you may utilize your own natural inclinations to best serve Islam.
Excerpt from the writing of Dr. Hesham Alawadi