How to model someone that’s where you want to be.
There seems to be one constant between people experiencing massive, continuous success — they are voracious, life long learners without ego and with a “glass is half full” mindset.
When it comes to learning something new, which is most often the precursor to progress on anything we care about, there are only two ways to go about it:
- Figure it out yourself
- Learn from someone else
The first takes a long time while the second is a shortcut of sorts — if you can learn a new skill from someone that’s got what you want or is where you want to be (status, impact, influence, financial, physical, mindset, relationship, network, etc), then you can condense 10,000 hours of THEIR learning into a few weeks or months of YOUR learning.
It’s an extremely efficient process and as long as you’re a “good” learner (ask the right questions, take notes and put your ego to the side) and they are a good teacher (clear communication, can explain complicated topics in a simple way, genuinely want you to succeed), then it works every time.
Thanks to Tony Robbins, this concept has become known as “modeling” and more than anything else, it’s responsible for the success of everyone I know that’s “made it” in any area of life, especially business.
If we put all of this together and “reverse engineer” what success looks like, I believe it can be boiled down to 3 things:
- Decide, in very clear terms, what success looks like for you
- Find someone who has exactly what you want
- Learn their process and most importantly psychology and implement that in your life as your #1 priority
If we’re talking about business, I’d add a fourth item to that list:
- Hire the best people you can find to make your vision a reality, faster
When I think about the people I admire the most, they’ve all used modeling to get to where they are and to achieve their goals.
I can’t think of a single successful person that’s said “you know what, I could probably find someone to teach me this stuff, but I’ll spend the next few years figuring it out by myself. I’ve got nothing better to do.”
Success leaves clues and those clues are primarily what works and what doesn’t. There is no shortcut to success but these “clues” are the next best thing you can use to “speed up” the learning process that predicates any sort of (non-inherited) success.
I guess my advice would be this — the next time you need to learn something new to “level up” in any area of your life, don’t just jump in and try to figure it out on your own. That’s a hard (and long) road to take.
Instead, if you can afford a coach, a mentor, an advisor, an online course, a seminar or even a few books, that will reduce the time it takes you to learn but also master the new skill, therefore giving you a much better chance at:
- Staying the course (we all want everything now) and therefore…
- Experiencing the success you were looking for in the first place
People say that knowledge is power — and I agree, but only if that knowledge is based on experience and acted on with a sense of continual urgency until you achieve the success you want.
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