I’m a huge proponent of modeling. What I mean by modeling, is emulating the successes of people who have already done what I’m trying to do. As I wrote about in my blog on patience, it takes a lot of time and effort to reach success in any endeavor. But we’re incredibly lucky to be alive when we are because so many successful people have come before us. What makes it even better, is their journeys were documented in detail either in books or online.
Before this information was so easily available, people would have to go through a rigorous process of trial and error. They would have to constantly try out new ways of doing things. If it didn’t work, they’d have to try it again, and that took massive amounts of time and effort. Today, we can simply study the successes of others and apply what they did in their own lives.
“Wise men profit more from fools than fools from wise men; for the wise shun the mistakes of fools, but fools do not imitate the successes of the wise.”
That’s mainly why autobiographies and biographies are some of my favorite books to read. Stories about Steve Jobs, Julius Caesar, Phil Knight, and Andrew Carnegie, just to name a few, fascinated me. In one book I’m able to consume a lifetime of knowledge, and then dissect what exactly made each individual successful. Of course we each have to ultimately make our own path, but modeling accelerates the process. Why struggle through years of mistakes when you can capitalize on what is proven to work?
Pablo Picasso once said, “Good artists copy; great artists steal.” That’s ultimately what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to steal the model of success from those who came before me, and build that model around my own vision. Gary Vaynerchuk is who I’m trying to model right now. He started off with a show on YouTube (stay tuned for my own video show coming soon), he produced blog content, wrote books, and did motivational speaking. It took years to get to the point he’s at now, but the path is very clear. I’ve studied up, and now I just have to take massive action to see the same results. It all comes down to action.
Don’t get me wrong, modeling doesn’t replace the relentless work ethic that’s required in order to succeed. But it absolutely does make the process a lot more efficient and it will save you a tremendous amount of time. Start reading books about successful people; really pay attention to their mistakes and what they did right. Reach out to successful people in your community and learn from them. Success can be modeled, and modeling is an art form; steal the model of those who are already successful and make it your own.