The fastest route to success in any field is to observe what those who have accomplished what you desire to have done, then emulate it. This does not mean you cannot put your unique stamp on it or innovate. But there are underlying principles to success others before you have figured out. Attempting to reinvent the mousetrap can be a giant time suck.
Time is our most precious commodity. You can make money, lose it, and make it back. There is no replacing time. Experiencing all the mistakes necessary to achieve your goal can take more than your lifetime. Why not stand on the backs of giants. They have done much of the work for you. This is wisdom. Most of what we label innovative and genius are unique spins on pre existing ideas and concepts.
Humility is a prerequisite to wisdom
Learning from others experience requires humility. In my opinion, humility is a prerequisite to wisdom. You cannot fill a cup that is already full. Lack of humility comes from false pride, which is really a defense against fear and shame. Continue to work towards conquering these foes. This will enable you to maintain a 'beginner's mind' and access your greatest creativity.
Find your passion. Study the lives of those who have succeeded in this area. Remain steadfast in your pursuit. Eventually, your distinct voice will emerge. Today more than any time in history, you have access to the lives and teachings of the great ones. Take advantage of it. Consume this information voraciously. Absorb it. Let their wisdom become yours. Then go create your original contribution.
John Hawkins Jr., M.S., L.M.H.C.
John has helped thousands of clients overcome the hidden internal blocks which had kept them from achieving their maximum potential. Furthermore, he has assisted them in gaining clarity of their true life purpose, identifying their gifts and talents, and developing lives of greater meaning and significance.