The Thursday Thesis – 1/11/2018
Last episode you read about the difference between zero and one - the biggest difference you can imagine: the difference between nothing and something.
You may recall that going from zero to one is absolute, but going from 1 to any other number is just a difference of quantity.
I know that going from zero to one takes balls of steel, whilst going from 1 to 2 to 3 is easier, because you’ve done it before and it will be easier next time.
But following someone else’s pathway to success is altogether less scary.
Ever hear of Conrad, Gordon and Bean?
They’re not a law firm, they’re the crew of Apollo 12, and you’ve never heard of them.
You probably remember the name Neil Armstrong, but who was that other bloke in the Apollo 11 Lunar Module...Buzz something or other...Lightyear?...no...it’s gone...
If you believe that NASA managed to put a man on the moon nearly 50 years ago – something they can’t do today because they have ”...lost the technology” - think of the difference between the first mission (Apollo 11) and the second mission (Apollo 12).
Apollo 11 proved the concept, Apollo 12 merely reiterated it.
Another great first was the Four-Minute Mile and Roger Bannister: once RB proved it was possible, how many more sub 4-minute miles were there that year?
Well, just one actually – John Landy.
“John who?” I hear you ask...
Since Bannister’s breakthrough, hundreds of other runners have clocked a mile in less than four minutes. It’s a great achievement, but they all followed Bannister’s lead.
And that’s my point: whatever you want to do, just have a look around and see if anybody else has already done it. If somebody has already done what you plan to do – get rich, lose weight, write a book – whatever it is, you have a precedent.
Success, as they say, leaves clues.
One of the smartest things you can do is look at someone who is already successful in your area of ambition – a role model or mentor – and once you have found, get busy digging. Find out how they managed to become successful, find out what they did, how they thought, what their beliefs were.
Then steal their best ideas to help you get what you want by taking consistent action that moves you in the direction of your desired outcomes.
There is an abundance of wonders in the world, opportunities are everywhere and there is plenty to go around. The pathways to success criss-cross the world, they are the biographies, books, teachings and wisdom of people who have achieved their own version of success.
Hidden in plain sight, in the multitude of bookshops and libraries, online archives, podcasts and teachings are the pathways to your own success – there, right under your nose.
You don’t have to be the first to be successful.
In fact, there may be a reason why nobody has done it before.
But if you can find anyone who is crushing it in your field, watch and learn; read and understand, listen and assimilate.
Success leaves clues.
© Neil Cowmeadow 2018
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