Reinventing The Wheel

Before I get started I have to pay homage to the man, the myth and the legend… Jason Richards (see him in all his glory at the end of the post).  For without him I would not know half the stuff I know today about training.  Today is his birthday and I promised I would write a post in his honor.  My only stipulation was that he had to give me inspiration that I could somehow relate to others.  Well, here it is… Jason’s response to a ridiculous question that I twisted into something relevant.

“Any advice you can give me to learn how to walk on my hands better?”

“Yes, stop trying to walk on your hands and just use your feet!”

Okay so right off the bat I know you’re probably thinking, “what the hell are you talking about?!  And how could this possibly be relevant to me?!”

Stay with me here.

Stop for a second and think about the saying, “reinventing the wheel”.

What does it mean to you?

In the statement above, it would mean that instead of trying to figure out how I can walk on my hands better, I should just use my feet (since that’s what they were “invented” to do).

Still you might be asking, “how does this have anything to do with me?”

Okay let’s switch gears for a moment to make this more relevant to you.  Let’s talk about success.  More importantly, let’s talk about YOUR success.

First thing you need to do: figure out how you define success.

Maybe it’s about how much money you have.  Maybe it’s how many kids you have.  Maybe it’s how many cars you own.  Maybe it’s how many houses you own.  Maybe it’s the freedom to wake up every day and do whatever you feel like doing that day.  Whatever it is you should take some time and figure out how you define success in your terms.

Second thing you need to do: find someone who has already achieved success in terms of how you define it.

Ahh, there it is… DON’T REINVENT THE WHEEL!

Or rather I should say, stop trying to walk on your hands!!

What I’m getting at is that you should use other people’s success to achieve your own success.

Let me clarify.

Do you think if someone wants to become a world class soccer player they try to figure it out on their own?  HELL NO!  They get coaches who have been there and done it.  They study other players who are at the level they want to be.  What about business?  Why do you think people read books and stories about Donald Trump or Bill Gates or Steve Jobs?  Because they are successful businessmen and people want to know what they did to become successful so they can fast track themselves to new levels of business success.

Even someone like Jeffrey Gitomer, who is a present day leader in sales, business and personal growth didn’t reinvent the wheel.  He took teachings from John Patterson, Dale Carnegie and Napoleon Hill (to name a few).  Studied them.  Used them.  Perfected them for his needs.  Then ultimately created his own success.

The important thing to realize is that there is somebody, somewhere who has achieved the level of success you want to achieve.  Find them.  Study them.  Learn everything you can about them.  Recognize that there is a lot of knowledge out there.  And this knowledge really is power.  Unfortunately, this knowledge won’t guarantee you success but, seriously, what do you have to lose?  You’re getting experience for free and in a much more condensed verison.  It’s like cutting out the middle man to your success.  Think of the time, money and energy you will save if you are willing to put in a fraction of that time to learn and study what your success “model” did to become successful.

There is absolutely no reason you need to figure everything out on your own. Recognize that you will never take the same path that someone else took to success but don’t let the lack of educating yourself and learning from those that came before you be the barrier to you achieving great things…


“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” -Isaac Newton

1 comment so far

  1. Khaled on

    good one. thumbs up.

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