Success Leaves Clues – How to Model Other Successful People!

Inspired by Tony Robbins.

by Andrew Parsons
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‘Success leaves clues’, a phrase inspired by Tony Robbins, is a concept that most aspiring entrepreneurs (or anyone with goals) should live by.  There is ample evidence to show successful people leave a trail of valuable information we can capitalize one.  

Today, when our access to knowledge, ideas, innovations, technology and people are substantially more diverse than fifty years ago and beyond, studying these clues will benefit you exponentially. Naturally, other people’s success can assist us identifying the gaps in our own life’s journey.  

SUCCESS TIP #1  One sure way to achieve success is to model someone who is already successful.

Learn from the best and emulate them. 

SUCCESS Tip #2  Ask someone to help you..

There is a blueprint to whatever you want in your life and someone has already created it.  Whatever you want in life, someone has already figured out how to obtain. Now follow the path they created, and this will increase your chances for success. 

SUCCESS TIP #3  Leverage the distinct strategies of successful people.

There is a false notion that fortune favors only successful people. In reality, successful people were proactive and took action when others didn’t. By leveraging their experience, you can increase your chances to achieve similar results.  Let us not overlook the key point though. You must not make the mistake of ‘modeling success’ by only emulating a successful person’s ‘current actions’.

Here is where the term ‘modeling’ is misunderstood and misguided. When someone models a successful person and they don’t find success, they make the claim that this method ‘doesn’t work’.   What is required is the ability to recognize what successful people have done before achieving their success. This is where their success leaves clues for you.  

  In "The Success Principles", a motivational book by Jack Canfield, life is simply a game of connecting the dots after reviewing a successful person’s path.  All the dots have already been connected and organized by someone else. All you have to do is follow the blueprint, practice the system, or do the work according to the program they provide.   All this doesn't mean you can't be a leader and blaze your own path. You can still do that, but it's better to study your teachers, mentors, instructors who can provide guidance and support to get you on track. 

Malcolm Gladwell in his 2008 book "Outliers" tells the story of the Beatles in their early days. They practiced countless hours together, perhaps as much as 10,000 hours as a band before their arrival in the United States and international fame.   A good portion of these practice hours were completed by playing at shabby clubs in Hamburg, Germany. These clubs were not known for their large crowds or big paydays.  

The Beatles, pictures here circa early 1960's, in Hamburg, Germany.

John Lennon discussed this experience and stated “we got better and got more confidence. "We were playing eight straight hours a day, but in Liverpool (England) we could only play for an hour. We had to find a new way of playing”.  Unless you are a hardcore Beatles fan, there is a good chance you never knew about these Hamburg gigs, which they played on and off for two years.  

Bill gates, an entrepreneur, businessman, and co-founder of Microsoft was earning was over thirty million dollars per day at his peak in the mid 90’s. This didn’t just happen by accident. He began his 10,000 hours of practice as an 8th grader in a relatively wealthy private school located in Seattle. It was 1968, when most of the colleges didn’t even have computers.    Gates was obsessed with programming, so he started teaching himself how to program in all of his spare time, until he and his friends used up all of the funding his private school had for computer usage.  

Bill Gates, pictured here in the early 1970's, with Paul Allen.

Luckily, through his family’s connections, Bill was able to gain access and test another computer network in the area. A deal was made where Bill was given free computer time in exchange for developing a piece of software that could automate the the computer network's company’s payroll.  Within seven months in 1971, Bill Gates and his friend ran up around 1575 hours of computer time on the mainframe. This averaged out to be about 8 hours a day – seven days a week. 

During these years, from grade 8th till the end of high school, this was his turning point. He programmed practically non-stop, accumulating thousands of hours of experience, reaching the 10,000 hour landmark while still a teenager.   Gates was quoted about this early stage in his life - “It was my obsession. I went up there at night. We were programming on the weekends. It would be a rare week that we wouldn’t get 20 to 30 hours in”. 

Most people don’t know how dedicated Bill Gates was early on, they just see that he owns Microsoft and is very wealthy.  Modeling his daily life today would not be as effective as modeling his early years when passion and determination are what allowed him to become so successful.  

There are countless, successful people who we see in the public eye, who have spent years before achieving fame and fortune grinding away at their craft.  These are the years of hard work and dedication that most outsiders don’t see. Their level of persistence stems from genuine efforts, dynamism, commitment, and dedicating themselves to their craft.  

Now the question falls upon you. 

What do you want to achieve or become? Are you ready to work 8 hours a night or seven days a week? Do you want to get up at midnight to make every possible effort with all your soul?  Suitable answers to these questions reside deep inside you.    The degree of the desire inside you is the fundamental determinant of your success. It's only you who will make the difference by committing to continuous work and focus to ensure your success. 


We’ve concluded that success leaves clues. Successful people leave a blueprint for us to follow. You must have no uncertainty that you can be the next one to be successful.    Start with a dream, define it, then set out to achieve it. It will always be there, but will you always be willing to go after it? 


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Andrew Parsons

I am an author and digital entrepreneur in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Learn more about me by clicking on the 'About' tab. Follow me on this site or follow me on social media. I wish you the best of luck in your online business goals.

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