“Boiling water will soften a potato but harden an egg.”
It’s great to study the lives of remarkable people. To learn about the strategies of the ones who inspire us. From their experiences, we can extract many useful ideas that can help us in our own life journey.
But there is a caveat.
For an idea to create a real impact in your life, you must be able to mould it around your unique identity.
We study successful people because we want what they have. But what they have is the result of what they did. And what they did is informed by who they are.
Your actions are more powerful when they are aligned with your identity.
So, the first step, as Socrates said, is to know yourself.
The second step is to know who you want to become.
Then you’ll have an inner compass that will help you navigate through the ocean of ideas and strategies from successful people. So you won’t do what others do. You’ll create your own unique way.