Everyone has the potential to be highly successful. Everyone. Regardless of your background or socio-economic factors. Regardless of the opportunities you thought were or were not available to you. Even if you don’t currently maintain a minimum standard of personal hygiene.
The 2 Things
There are 2 things you need to achieve greatness, happiness and any other type of ness you are after.
- A Model
You need a model of success to follow.
Ask yourself some simple questions. Who do you want to become? What do you want to be like? This could be anything. A great parent. An influential teacher. A successful business person. An accomplished athlete. A great stay-at-home Dad.
Then look for your model. The person who has done what you want to do. A model that can show you what you could create or become.
Best of all, you don’t need to know what you want to do to find a great model. Simply start looking for people who are happy and fulfilled. When you find a person you admire or envy and want to emulate, you have found a model. But you still get to choose which model to choose as your North Star.
2. A Path
Once you have a model, you need a path. Your path is like your personal Yellow Brick Road. It is the course you must travel to achieve the model. And depending on your path it may or may not contain lions, scarecrows and trees that throw apples at you.
In short: The model is your destination. The path is how you get there.
The path provides the instructions and the coursework. The path includes the dos and don’ts. The path shows you the roads to travel, complete with onramps and interchanges.
The path includes books, schools, and teachers. It includes habits, practices and processes. And it may include other models to study. And in my experience studying models doesn’t even feel like studying.
Mapping The Path
Once you find the model you want to follow you need to discover their path. Mapping their path becomes your research project.
Potential Questions To Ask Your Model
- What did they do?
- How did they do it?
- When did they do what?
- And where?
- Why did they make the decisions they made?
- Who helped them?
- What would they do differently now that they know what they know?
Don’t guess. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Don’t spin your wheels either. The answers are there for you to discover. If your model is someone famous, or dead, research their story. You will find many of the answers you need through a little digging. (To be clear, I mean you can dig into their story, not dig up their dead body.)
Begin looking for your model today. And when you find that person, discover their path. The path is where the transformational magic happens.
If you have become a model, share your path. Share what you know. Inspire others. Bring others along. If you have found joy, happiness, success, and fulfillment in your life consider showing others how you did it. It may be the most valuable work you ever do.
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