Modeling success is something that humans have done for thousands of years – and in many cases without even realizing it.
Michael Jordan served as a role model for Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, and countless other athletes who modeled Jordan’s offensive moves, training habits and mentality.
Teddy Roosevelt served as a role model for Franklin D. Roosevelt, and countless other politicians who modeled his virtuous attributes of leadership and positive energy.
Jim Rohn served as a role model to Tony Robbins, who modeled his thirst for knowledge and exploration of self as a means of helping others.
Steve Jobs has served as a role model to countless entrepreneurs who learned from his ability to design, create, innovate, and lead.
This list could go on, and on, and on – but you get the idea. Our ancestors have been around for approximately 6 million years, modern humans only evolved about 200,000 years ago, and civilization as we know it is about 6,000 years. We evolve and grow by learning from those who came before us, and modelling their successful habits.
This is what STEP #4 is all about. Identifying people that are already doing what you hope to do, and modeling their success.
A simple Linkedin and/or Google search will help you find the right people. Then you need to look for trends, habits, and triggers that helped them reach their current position:
By looking through Linkedin and Google, you will get a feel for the educational background and career path of the individual. That will give you some information to plan your own path. However, it may be tricky to see their habits, and the smaller details that allowed them to grow into their current position.
Not everyone is willing to do this, but I would suggest reaching out to the individuals whose career you admire. In most cases, they will be flattered by the request, and most people are far more willing to help than you’d expect.
Have a phone call, meet for a coffee, ask if you can stop by their office for lunch. Pick their brain and tell them what you are trying to do. In a worse case scenario, you will gain valuable insight in the career and habits of that person. In a best case scenario, they will actually support your growth and help you achieve your goals (it happens more than you think, many people enjoy playing the role of a mentor).
In the last and final STEP #5, we are going to leverage the information gathered from Modeling Success to build steps, tasks, and goals into our daily routine to help us continue progressing towards our vision.