Quit Worshiping Your Heroes

10 Ways to Maximize any Learning Opportunity

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  • Have thousands of followers ready to buy whatever you created?
  • Become so famous that podcasters compete to have you on their shows?

We Want It Now

Malcolm Gladwell wrote that it usually takes 10 years to master something.

The allure of instant success is an irresistible devil. We really want to believe we can do it overnight just like the greats we admire.

So we buy books. We enroll in courses. We join mastermind groups. Each goes deeper and gets progressively more expensive. Why? So we can sell as many books as Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, or James Patterson.

What We Really Want

We don’t just want success now.

  • We want someone to be there, to tell us what to do, and save us from making mistakes that could cost us a fortune.
  • And we want everything we do to have massive impact.

When the template fails, and the buzz about your book dies right after the launch, you feel betrayed. Of course, you don’t want to admit it. That would mean you bought a dream that didn’t come true. And who wants to admit that?

Your Heroes Are Human

You and your heroes are a lot alike.

It’s easy to deify those who seem to have it all together. When your hero talks, you pause and think a long time about it. He’s probably right at least some of the time, but is he 100% error-free?


Healthy Boundaries

You probably didn’t like all your teachers at school. Chances are you don’t talk to them after you graduate or finish their class.

When you take a class or buy a book, remember what you’re really buying — a map.

A map is not the road you drive down. It’s really just a snapshot of what the world looks like. And even then, it’s only part of the world.

What to Do With the Map

If you decide to invest in bettering yourself, here are some things to remember.

  1. Test what you learn. Apply it to your situation. Build on what works, and throw out what doesn’t.
  2. You’ll probably hear about how you can go deeper with your teacher. This will cost significantly more, so make sure you’ve got a solid plan for the future before you invest.
  3. Be true to yourself. Your gifts, experience, and point of view are something nobody else can offer. Your best investment is to find your voice and learn the best way to get your message to those who need it.
  4. Whenever you spend money on ads, software, courses, or books, think through how you’ll use what you learn to earn more than you paid to gain that knowledge.
  5. Don’t be afraid to fail. Your dream is important. Failure is a step on the road to success.
  6. Use what you learn to develop your own success system. If others can sell theirs, you can, too.
  7. Failure isn’t final until you give up. Change direction before you hang up your hat forever.
  8. Don’t be afraid to do something first. If you succeed, others will copy you.
  9. Always work to improve people’s lives. That’s the key to lasting income and credibility.

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