You can learn from, train under and emulate whomever you hold as the benchmark for success. However, you can’t duplicate their essence, their intrinsic motivation to hustle. That’s why there is only one Steve Jobs, one Richard Branson, one Mark Cuban, one Michael Jordan, one Kobe, one Serena, etc.. When they struggled and had to dig down deep to drive forward, that source is only privy to them. You don’t have access to that. You can’t borrow that. You can’t steal that. You can’t have that. You have to dig deep and get your own.
Your success is based on the course you chart, the effort you put in and the fire in your belly. You may be able to align yourself with the principles or ideals of another. You may even be able to use a blueprint from a path already taken. But what you can’t do is get inside the mind of another and think their thoughts or walk in their shoes.
With people like Jobs, Branson, Cuban and the others, independent thinking, self-validation and a personal mission is what set them apart. You do yourself, and a your business, a disservice when you try to think and do too much like those you admire. The quickest way to invite failure into your world is to compare your journey to another’s. What happens when you mimmick their actions and don’t achieve the same results? What happens when you duplicate their process and it still doesn’t work? For some, it’s crushing. They will spend twice as much time wondering, “why” they didn’t cause the same disruption. Why they didn’t receive the same offers or achieve the same success.
What you could do with the success of Jobs, Cuban, Branson and the likes is use their experience as motivation, use their failures as lessons, use their wisdom as guidelines and use their success as inspiration. You invite envy and resentment into your life and business when you start comparing your path to others. When you begin to think, “Company A got a million dollars in funding, my product is the same or far better than theirs” or “Company B got acquired by Mega Company C, I’m going to model my business after them;” it’s futile and faulty thinking.
Disruption cannot be duplicated. It can happen more than once, by not by the same genesis. You have something to offer. Something that is unique to you and your business. You have a purpose. That is what you should focus on. That is what you should cultivate and develop. Your success is determined by the path you take, not what lead someone else down a similar road.
Know your purpose. Set your principles. Determine your priorities and practice them daily. Your commitment and determination to your purpose will generate the “fire in the belly” you need to remain focused on what is true to you and your business.
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Simplicity expert and Micro Business Therapist™ A.Michelle Blakeley is the curator of the online magazine, Micro Business Therapy. She helps new and seasoned entrepreneurs align their purpose, principles, priorities and practices for accelerated growth. Minding the gap between your personal and professional life™ Connect with her on Twitter at @simplicityinc