You can always learn something through trial and error and there’s nothing wrong with that.
However, isn’t that it’s better if you can achieve the same success faster and easier?
Isn’t it’s better to achieve success in 1 year while others take 2-3 years?
Tony Robbins, in his best selling book Unlimited Power, said “If you want to achieve success, all you need to do is find a way to model those who have already succeeded.”
This is one of the most powerful ideas which I’ve ever come across.
Success does leave clues. Someone has already achieved success with the particular method. You just need to trace the success clues, see what he has been doing, follow and apply the same method, and eventually you will achieve the same success too.
Modeling after successful people not only will save you from falling into the same pitfalls they have gone through, but it will also open your eyes to the potential risk or opportunity.
Journey to success is full of invisible stones. The invisible stones mentioned here are the unexpected problems which prevent you from success.
Along the journey, no matter how careful you are, you will fall for a few times because you couldn’t see and avoid the invisible stone.
While some people choose to turn their back and to quit, others choose to blame when they fall over the invisible stone. They blame everything except themselves for things that preventing them from success.
Blaming is dangerous because at the moment you start blaming, you are rendering yourself powerless, as if everything happened was beyond your control. On the other hand, if you take the responsibility, you will allow yourself to take charge of the situation and eventually change the consequences.
If you pay attention and look carefully at those successful people around you, you will notice that they too have fallen over the invisible stone, they too have met countless obstacles before they eventually achieve success, just that they decided to get back on their feet and keep moving until they reach their destination while others choose to quit. That is what makes them extraordinary.
By learning from those who are already highly successful, you are able to locate the invisible stone which they have fallen over before, hence you can avoid falling into the same mistakes.
A fall will cost you time, energy, monetary loss, and sometimes even worse, it breaks your spirit. So, if you‘re able to avoid multiple falls, you will definitely be able to travel faster along the journey to success.
The question now is how can you start modeling successful people?
You can start doing this by identifying the authority in the field you passionate about. Find out who is the icon of the field? If you are passionate about business, then you should find out who has achieved success in the industry you are interested.
If you’re highly passionate about a certain topic, I believe you would have followed someone for inspiration, guidance, or ideas. You can also model after them and achieve the same success.
Once you have decided the authority person, you can choose any of these ways to model after them.
Read their books
One of the best ways to model after a successful person is to read their books. Through reading, you are able to learn the flow of their thoughts, visions and ideology. You will be able to understand the reason behind the decision they make. Besides that, you will also be able to learn and avoid the same mistake which they had gone through so far.
Extraordinary people are better than average people because they think and act differently from other people. They often have their own principles in doing things, and most importantly, they often have a unique strategy which allows them to stand out from the crowd. All these valuable knowledge, principles and strategies usually can be found in their books, written in details.
You can also read their reports, biography, and interviews. Through the interview especially, you can see how they think critically and react towards some really tough questions. It might open up your minds to the problems or opportunities which you never thought it was there before.
Attend their seminars
While reading books allow you to learn more about the person who you want to model after, attending their seminars and be able to see them in person will give you a different feeling or motivation. At the seminar, you can see how he really talks, communicate, and address problems in a close distance. It is a wonderful experience to be able to see the person who you admired to speak in front of you.
Attending seminars are sometimes more useful than reading books because the content or knowledge shared during seminars are usually more specific. Besides that, you are able to earn some friends who share the same passion as you do. Remember, your network is one of your biggest assets too.
Personally, I’m really passionate about online business and internet marketing. I remember once when I was attending an internet marketing seminar hosted by 2 highly respected guru in the field, I was really surprised when they made a simple mistake during the presentation and part of the images are not showing up on their web page. He tried to fix it on the spot but he didn’t manage to fix it. In the end, he said something like this “It’s okay to screw up sometimes. Well, at least this proves that to become a great internet marketer, you do not need to know all the technical stuff. You just need to have a proven system to achieve success.” Simple, short, yet powerful words from him totally changed the way how I look at online business and internet marketing.
I used to think that in order to have a successful online business, I must be good with the all technical stuff such as handling the website and dealing with codes. I have even spent hours learning the technical knowledge because I believe it will help me to build a successful business until his words woke me up. I’ve since then switched my focus from learning the technical know-how to learning how a business works because I believe that the core elements to build a successful business is never the technical stuff, but a proven system which works. And of course, problems do occur from time to time, and when that happens I always tell myself it is totally fine. I remember his words which says “It’s okay to screw up sometimes”.
Go to their courses or workshop
While learning through the books and being able to see the person in the seminar is good, learning about the topic with him watching over your shoulders is even better .
These successful people have gone through a lot of hardship to develop a certain success pattern or strategy for themselves. By attending their courses or workshop, you will be able to learn the same strategy which has already been proven to be useful.
Demonstration during the workshop allows you to learn much faster than you can learn from a book. Besides that, if things do not work out as expected, you do not need to worry much because the expert is there to help you in person. You will get your problem fixed and ready to move on with lightning speed.
After you have learned some good strategy, the only thing you need to do next is to implement it. This saves you from spending hours after hours just to figure out how to make things work, and sometimes what to do. You can definitely shorten the time you need to achieve success by learning from the pro.
Follow him via blogs or social media platform.
Via blogs, and social media platform like Facebook and Twitter, you will be able to get the latest news from the person you’re following.
Unlike books, the content shared via blogs and social media platforms are often up to date. This is important because it allows you to catch up with the latest trend or opportunity in the particular field you are interested.
In this era, information spread fast, so does opportunity. You need to be fast in grabbing the opportunity before everyone else does the same thing.
Big in size does not count much anymore, speed in terms of catching up with your competitors is way more important nowadays. Thus, if you want to be better than others, you need to adapt and react faster than others as well.
It is too hard for you alone to foresee the future and the trend when you do not have sufficient experience. Thus, it is better to follow and learn from the authority first, especially when you are still a newbie. Always get yourself up to date will definitely help you to achieve success faster.
Above are some of the methods which you can use to clone for success. It is not going to help to achieve the same result immediately after you implement it. However, it will definitely help you to fast track your success.
It is crucial to have great ideas and sufficient knowledge; however, when it comes to achieving great success, there are 2 other things which are far more important: experience and attitude. Instead of endless learning from books, seminar, workshop and articles online, you need to get your hands dirty and go through it yourself.
You must take action and implement whatever you’ve learned. And, in case if things don’t work out as expected and turn really bad instead, always remember this amazing poem, “Don’t Quit”, from Edgar A. Guest,
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re truding seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit –
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit!
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a person turns about
When they might have won had they stuck it out,
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victors cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown!
Success is failure turned inside out!
So stick to the fight when you are hardest hit!
Its when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit!
Don’t Quit, written by Edgar A. Guest