Life responds to principles, so to become successful, you must learn the principles of success. I always like to say that if you follow the manual, you’ll get the desired results. If you use someone’s recipe, your cake will look like theirs.
Therefore, if you want to succeed, study the lives of successful people and follow in their footsteps. Many people get caught up in the glory of a person but don’t want to know their story. There’s no such thing as an overnight success. Everybody who has achieved success did so by applying the right principles consistently.
An example of someone who understood this is Australian author and motivational speaker, Peter J. Daniels. He came from a disadvantaged background and was illiterate, but after attending a Billy Graham meeting in the 1950s, he learned how to read and studied 6000 biographies of successful people. After that, he went on to write more than 20 books and is now an authority on leadership, personal development and goal setting.
Studying the lives of successful people and applying established principles of success helped Peter J. Daniel go from illiteracy to global stardom. It can help you reach the top too. Look at the people who are where you want to be and read all the information you can about them. Lessons learned in 40 years can be communicated in one book. Reading breaks the limitations in your mind and helps you see possibilities even in the most difficult situations.
You don’t always have to experience things by yourself to learn from them. Take time to learn from the experiences of others and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you will grow.