Find people that inspire you. Whether it is your parents, teachers, coaches, novel characters, wildly successful people, famous people in history or whoever it is that makes you “think I want to be like him.” A person that you can turn to help figure out what to do in a particular situation. For me personally, I turn to Richard Branson, Alexander the Great, and Howard Roark from Ayn Rand’s novel “The Fountainhead” and ask myself what they would do. These figures challenge me to be bold and to take chances on what I believe in. They give me the extra push when I am on the fence to do what I inherently know I want to do. It is like being dared by a friend to do something you know you want to do, but need a little motivation when you ask yourself what your icon would do. A friend saying “I dare you” or “you won’t do this” is sometimes the push we need to take a well calculated risk. Having people in your life or mind that push you to go the extra mile will help you get to where you want to be in life.
There should be people in your life that possess a trait that you desire. (If there is not, you should reevaluate the people you spend time with in life) These people are the people that you should ask for guidance on how to become what they already are. They will feel valued when you ask them for advice on something you feel they excel in. More often than not, they will be happy to try to teach you the skill they have. They will be able to give you tips on how to become whatever it is you find good in them. They will be a source of feedback that can help guide you in the process of developing the trait. This can help you develop the attribute you desire a lot quicker than if you did not have them in your life. It is worth a shot to ask a person how they became so great at something. Besides, what’s the worst that can happen from asking the question? You gave a person a compliment and that in itself is something worth sharing.
Along with people in your life, there are also thousands of biographies of great men and women you can learn from. Find a person you admire greatly in history or modern day and read their biography. You will hear their struggles, triumphs, and feelings of fulfillment following their passion. You will get a detailed account of how and why they achieved their success. You will pick up on the little mannerisms or habits that these people attribute their success to. You will find that in the course of their life that the principles they lived by were challenged, but they stuck to what they believed in and that is why you are reading about them to this day. If you are ever in need of an extra push, pick up a biography of a person you deem great and you will begin to feel the wind at your back on the path to achieving your desires.
These people and icons in your life will help hold you responsible. If you want to embody their qualities, you won’t feel right when you do something that you know your image of success wouldn’t approve of. It holds you accountable to a high standard. This high standard will make you aspire to do great things and become great through your actions. No one memorable in history has not set high standards for themselves and desired to do great things. These icons in your life will encourage you to become great. So, find people you look up to or inspire you and start to try and adopt what they do that you so admire. In the process and in the result, you will obtain wisdom.
“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”
Attaining wisdom begins with trying to learn. You can learn plenty from those you admire.
Identify someone in your life that you greatly respect. Ask them for advice on an issue you are dealing with. It could gain you access to a wealth of knowledge.
Obtain a biography of a person who you consider exemplifies greatness.