Replicating Others’ Success

The nobility in success is in its motives, which vary with individuals and organisations. Thus, success is relative. It is one of those things people know with varied interpretations.

This means that we all need to have our definitions of success. At an enterprise level what success looks like needs to be crystallised. Everyone having the same picture in mind and pursuit.

Our antennas are always up for people who have achieved what we aspire to. We look for the lessons to be learned. We try to get their secret, their silver bullet of success. We go as far as seeking mentorship and or guiding from those we label, “successful”.

replicating others success

As we get mentored and seek mentorship or guidance, we must be careful that we don’t blindly and wholly adopt other people’s definition of success. One of the reasons we can adopt other people or organisations’ definition of success is that ours isn’t clear.

One of the best things any mentor can do, which must always be the first step in any mentoring agreement, is getting and if necessary, distilling the definition of “success” for the mentee.

We must have a clear picture of what success looks like. This also means clarifying our motives for its pursuit. If your definition and motives match a hundred percent with those you esteem highly then by all means.

However, be very careful that what you want to build is yours. Shy away from replicating success based on what it means for other people. Also be careful that you don’t seek success exactly how others have achieved it.

While you read and or encounter stories from many sources, watch that you’re not trying to replicate other people’s stories. Love your own story as you live it, as you inch toward your “success”.

Other people and organisations stories are great and yours has the same potential. The question is:

Will you love your success story enough to allow it to be unique in definition and pursuit? [Click to Tweet]

Define and create your success with its idiosyncrasies. Live and lead. Be Bold. Dare. Start.

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Author: Blessing Mpofu

just a guy changing the world

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