The human tendency for imitation is a common roadblock to first principles thinking. When most people envision the future, they project the current formforward rather than projecting the function forward and abandoning the form.
That’s difficult if you focus on achievements. Your growth requires a willingness to fail, to lose, to make mistakes. Hence, if you focus on effort and learning, success is inevitable.
The only way to develop his genius, is to be a relentlessly persistent practitioner.