Myth Busting #3: Do What Everyone Else Does

Perhaps you’ve fallen prey to this – you see someone do something successful so you give it a go. You do what they did, you market the way they do, you schedule and plan the way they do, you go to the same networking meetings and business conferences, and you study their every move. However, their level of success does not become yours. And, before you can even get your feet wet, you’re labeling another venture a “failure.”

Believe me, we’ve all been there or seen it happen. This is not to say that learning from others’ successes is a bad thing. It’s actually a genius thing! But copying another person is something entirely different. The previous failure is because you bought into the myth that what works for others will work for you. This is the very myth that multilevel marketing schemes feed their followers on a daily basis and millions take the bait.

What Makes Someone Successful is Not What You Think

What works for one may not (and probably will not) work for you. Why? Because you are you and they are not. Think about those people who did things differently and you can come up with some pretty big names: Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Madam CJ Walker, Benjamin Franklin, even Oprah Winfrey.

The things these entrepreneurs have in common is that they approached their fields with a dream to do something no one had done before. They each saw a different path and gave it a shot. Their vision made them successful and their willingness to do something different made them household names. Sure, they’ve had their share of failures but that didn’t define them. What did was how they looked at the world – its problems and the possible solutions.

Be Extra: The Real Formula for Success

Madam CJ Walker saw a hole in the beauty industry for products specifically designed for African-American women. So she did something different. Mark Zuckerberg dreamed of a way for college students to connect and communicate. So he created something new.

Sure, you may not be coming up with the next Facebook but you do have the ability to bring something completely different to your field. And that is you. Allow yourself to look at the problems with fresh eyes. Take risks. Be bold. Success does not come in a formula but in visions, dreams, and courage. Success does not come to the timid but to the risk takers. Success does not come to the ordinary but to the extraordinary.

Don’t be afraid to dream. Don’t be afraid to take risks. Don’t be afraid to be extra.