321 | Can You Copy Someone’s Success?


It’s often said that if you want to succeed, you find someone who has done what you hope to do, find out how they got there, copy what they did and you will get the same success.

While there is some wisdom to this advice, it’s also dangerous and flawed if not applied correctly. We discuss it in this episode.

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In This Episode

  • Flawed advice that gets shared often with entrepreneurs, yet threatens to derail them from getting results
  • How you can avoid falling victim to this advice

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  1. Tony Robbins statement holds true because he’s not talking about copying operational aspects – he’s talking about differentiators. Eg, copy Steve Jobs: his success was based in part on creating a very sticky ecosystem that many people believed in and bought into the resulting products and services. If I wanted to copy Steve Jobs I would try and figure out what kind of ecosystem could I create for potential customers so they were loyal. How did he do it, what kind of people did he surround himself with, did he research or rely on gut feel, to what extent did he risk take, was he about leading (bleeding) edge or refinement of new/existing ideas.
    This is the kind of “copying” Tony Robbins is talking about. Ie copy the mindset and motivations, not so much about operational procedures. Make sense?

  2. Kind of a bit of a misquote on Tony Robbins, what Tony actually says is ‘model successful people’ not ‘copy successful people’, i.e. study the strategies and foundational principles that successful people use (mindset, focus etc, pretty much what tim said in his comment here)

    I agree with the overall point of this podcast episode though, copycat entrepreneurship where every detail is copied down to the nth degree won’t work because you’ve got to apply the principles of success and apply (key word there) them to your own unique situation and personality and build something on top of those principles and make it your own. Stay unique…

    Keep up the great work guys…

  3. Blake Argo says:

    This is great! I do believe you can copy another’s success. I have found that my success in the business world is due to the fact that I follow the careers of those who are more successful than myself. I have been following the career of Mark Hurd for the last few years now, since he has taken over at Oracle. I have also been impressed with this leadership and ability to turn a company around. I have closely following his statements at OpenWorld 2016 and I am excited for what he has in store. Here is a link to am article about OpenWorld 2016: http://www.businessinsider.com/oracle-ceo-mark-hurd-openworld-day-in-the-life-2016-9