When I started playing bass full time, I wanted to be like Steve Harris. I never quite mastered all his various techniques.
When I played electric for a while, I dreamed of playing like Jason Becker. I didn't even get close.
I went for a brief foray into classical with a goal of playing Albeniz just like John Williams. It didn't happen.
I played fingerstyle for quite some time, and thought it would be great to play like Doyle Dykes. My book of his transcribed scores sits unopened on the shelf.
After all this time spent on music, I can't play like any one of these people. It took me many years, but I have learned my lesson. Now I want to play like some ultra cool combination of Tony Rice, Norman Blake and Chris Thile.