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Don’t Fall Into The Trap

The trap of trying to emulate other people’s successes.

The trap of spending so much time looking at what others have done that you don’t do anything on your own. Otherwise known as paralysis by analysis.

The trap of changing YOUR brilliant idea because you saw someone else do it differently successfully.

I’ve written about this before in my post here.

There’s a severe disadvantage when you have too much influence. Sure, having smart and successful people around you is VERY important. However, when you begin to let their influence overwhelm your gut ideas and thoughts and shape your direction, you’re in trouble.

That’s where I was in 2010. I had a massive circle of smart, influential people guiding me. Believe me, they helped, a lot! But after a while I realized that I was letting them guide me too much. I saw their success and tried to emulate it, instead of sticking with my gut and moving forward on what I really wanted to do.

There’s the trap. You listen and watch successful people, and you want to be like them, so you try to do what they do… but when you do that, you never truly innovate, or create something that you believe is the right thing to do.

The reason that every single one of those success stories “made it” is because they took THEIR idea and stuck with it. They didn’t copy someone else. They didn’t break down someone else’s business model and improve it. They innovated and believed and stuck with their plan.

You’re going to feel the urge to jump into the trap at some point, but believe me, I’ve done it, it isn’t the answer.

Also, check out my post about the things you DON’T have to do.

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  1. @AustinTPL
    April 28, 2012 at 6:26 am #

    Hey Jim, interesting post indeed! I think it's really something we all struggle with, the urge to change because of someone else.