Success at the hands of others

It’s a New Year and already I have seen no fewer than a dozen blog posts, tweets and whatever proclaiming your success if you follow the habits of these entrepreneurs or use their 10 tips for success.

Let’s look at this for a minute.

I will not say that the habits and tips of these successful people are not good. I will not say that you won’t learn from them. I won’t tell you that these are the best of the best entrepreneurs to learn from. They are. At least whoever gets listed.

What I will tell you is this. Unless you share the same DNA as most of them you won’t be as successful as they want you to think. There isn’t a way that success will happen for you as it did for them. Sorry to damper your spirits.

It isn’t going to happen. It doesn’t work that way. If you talk to these entrepreneurs who are being written about they will tell you the same. Or at least, the honest ones.

See unless you have their DNA you are you and nothing will change that. You can be successful on your own. You can find your own tips. You can edit their tips or make them fit your style of success, but then it isn’t their tip is it?

Are you getting the idea yet? You are an individual who deserves the truth. You are one of a kind and you can do and be successful if you want to be.

If you take all of the posts about others and forget 50% of it that’s a start. Then take the last 50% and see who you are most like. Then take that percentage and move on.

Start talking to people in the world who you know. Talk to a janitor at a school who does an excellent job at keeping the school clean. He or she is a success.

Talk to the local retailer in town. They are a success. How about a co-worker or even another parent. They are all successful in their own right and I bet they have tips.

See, most of us out in the world are what I like to call “real people” or “plain folk”. We are not famous nor ever will me. Maybe? One never knows.

But, for the record, there are more plain folks, then famous and that’s something we need to know.

The reason is simple. We as plain folk should talk to other plain folk to get tips on success. These tips will work much better for you and me than the famous ones. I mean it.

I’ve tried it. I’ve done interview after interview with plain folk and what I have learned from them outweighs what I have learned from the famous.

Let me say this. I have learned a great deal from some famous people. People like Richard Branson who I met. Guy Kawasaki, Steve Jobs and many others.

Although what I learned is not tips or habits. I learned philosophies that I admire and listen to. I don’t want their tips since I am not like them and they won’t help. I want the plain folk who I deal with daily to tell me their tips.tips or habits. I learned philosophies that I admire and listen to. I don’t want their tips since I am not like them and they won’t help. I want the plain folk who I deal with daily to tell me their tips.

My advice is to listen. Listen to everyone you can and learn. Listen and apply. Listen and figure out what’s right for you. Listen, don’t talk. Listen, observe and execute.

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