See what successful people are doing and model them! – Random Guru
This is helpful SOMETIMES. The correct thing to do is,
See what successful people DID and model them! – TruthCake
The problem is that if you model someone that’s already made it, certain rules may no longer apply to them because they’ve already done other things in the past to get them where they are.
If a successful person can negotiate with hardball tactics because they are widely known, that may not work for you at all if you’re totally unknown. If a successful business launches products by sending a notification to their 100,000 email subscribers and you have 300 subs, it’s not going to work.
It’s important to try to not model the errors made in the early stages of the person you’re modeling though.
Knowing what’s an error and what’s not is extremely difficult even WITH hindsight!
Dan Kennedy points out that most ultra successful entrepreneurs have filed bankruptcy. Walt Disney, Donald Trump (yes, he’s successful in certain degrees whether you like him or not), PT Barnum, and countless others have filed bankruptcy. Kennedy states that filing bankruptcy may have actually HELPED them since it makes you see the worst thing that can happen and realize it’s really not as bad as people expected and makes them apt to take calculated risk in the future.
3 Goals to Modeling Efficiently and Properly:
- Find someone that’s in the situation you’d like to be,
- Examine and model how they got there,
- Bonus: If you’re extra skilled, identify and eliminate some of the missteps during that path they took.
1 way to botch up half the things you model is to just look at what successful people are doing and just “do that.” Sorta helpful, sorta garbage.
Model the path, not the person. – TruthCake
What people have you tried to imitate / model and it didn’t work because the person you modeled was in a vastly different scenario than you are?