You don’t have to reinvent the wheel to succeed. You don’t have to figure our what to do and what not to do through the school of hard knocks. If you want to truly be wealthy, enormously successful or leave behind a legacy that would fill an entire newspaper page in the obituary section, you simply need to learn how to mimic others who have achieved greatness in their lives.
Find others who have succeeded in your industry, at your company, in your career or in life and walk in their footsteps. When you do, they will mentor you. They will teach you what works and what does not work. When you find some successful person to mentor you, you short cut an otherwise arduous journey. And these people are all around you. You can find them at work, in trade groups, in books, on blogs, in podcasts, running non-profits, etc.
Those self-made millionaires in my study who found a mentor, cut their path to becoming rich down from 32 years to 12 years. And, even more important, they accumulated nearly 2x’s the average wealth ($7.4 million vs. $3.4 million) of other self-made millionaires in my Rich Habits study who had no mentor in life. Granted, it’s not easy finding success mentors. But if you don’t look, you will not find.
Make it a priority in life to seek out those who can help you succeed. Successful people, believe it or not, are only too happy to help others succeed. That’s why many of them write books. Those who have made it in life, desire to share their knowledge with other like-minded, success-minded people. Find out who they are and learn from them. Allow them to mentor you.