People are hungry creatures by nature.
Hungry to be liked; hungry to be loved; hungry to be respected; hungry to be successful.
That’s good. Without hunger, we have no drive. Without drive, we have no goals. Without goals, we have no yardstick to base our success on. And so the circle comes back around.
The problem is, people are more often than not getting speed hungry. They want the like, the love, the respect and the success yesterday.
So they buy the books; the audio tapes; the DVD’s. They read the blogs; they buy the products; the courses; the Rome-in-a-Day guides. And they sit in their rooms; their offices; their backyards; and prepare to be liked. Loved. Respected. Successful.
And then fall flat on their face when nothing works, and they’ve just built the world’s most useless library of hard copy and digital memorabilia.
Why It Doesn’t Work
The problem is, they’ve just jumped in feet first and expected someone else’s success to work for them. For someone else’s strategy to work for them. For someone else’s words, speeches, elevator pitches, etc, to work for them.
But it won’t. And doesn’t. At least not wholesale.
Because much like our fingerprints, we’re all different. We all have different ways of approaching things. Of speaking to people. Of presenting ourselves, and the products, services and knowledge that we have to offer.
So the wholesale approach of taking everything from someone else and applying it to you trips you up, and all you have to show for it is less space on your bookshelf.
The Non-Original Approach to Originality
People are successful for a reason. They’ve taken someone else’s formula; or success; or failings; and stripped it down. They’ve ejected the parts that aren’t for them, and reassembled the remaining parts into a map for their next steps.
This is what you need to do too.
You can be a success; just not on someone else’s terms. Take the best of what’s relevant for you and refocus into what’s best for you to move forward, on your own terms and with a structured map in place.
We’re all hungry. We just need to make sure the food’s right for us.
You can do that. Can’t you?