Here’s the really spectacular thing about success: it leaves clues.

And the best possible way I know to become successful is to model successful people.

Not “copy” – model.

What’s the difference?

A lot, actually.

Copying successful people means you take all of their ideas and simply recycle or imitate them so that your business, website, and message are a cookie-cutter version of the original.

This includes things like plagiarizing someone’s copy word for word, following their exact business model to the letter, or purchasing a “turnkey” business that looks, sounds, and acts like a bunch of other businesses.

Even though there is “nothing new under the sun”, there is always an innovative way to create your business beyond uninspired cut-and-paste duplication.

Pablo Picasso famously said, “Good artists copy, great artists steal.”

When he said, “steal” he meant, “take something great, steal it, and make it your own.”

This is what’s called “modeling”.

And here’s one of the absolute best ways to do it:

Watch what successful people don’t do.

What do I mean by that?

Choose two or three people whom you really admire, and look at what they don’t do that a lot of other people do.

Here are some examples of what these superstars don’t do:

  • Post spammy links (or endless links of any kind) on Twitter
  • Sign up for the latest and greatest moneymaking opportunity
  • Lament their poor lot in life
  • Send endless invitations on Facebook to become a fan of theirs
  • Surf the Internet all day in search of a “silver bullet” moneymaking system
  • Spend two hours setting up an eBay auction for a $20 item
  • Make excuses for why they didn’t get something done

Please understand, none of these examples is meant to be insulting to anyone.

First of all, we all have to start somewhere, which means we won’t do everything perfectly the first time around.

Secondly, we all do things at one time or another that don’t really serve us that well.

(Heck, many years ago I thought I could “get rich quick” by selling fire extinguishers door-to-door. Yes, fire extinguishers.)

If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that you are not your past, and that every moment brings you another chance to begin doing things differently.

The reason I listed these examples is because I see SO many people doing one or all of them, all the time.

But I really, truly believe that, in your heart, you don’t want to settle for being “so many people”.

You are meant to do magnificent things in life. Rise to the occasion!

I’d like to challenge and inspire you to be magnificent.

Take a look at what you’re doing with your life and your business (or potential business) and ask yourself whether you’re simply copying what the masses are doing, playing a small-potatoes game – or stealing good habits from great people and making them your own.

Tomorrow: what successful people DO that you may not have noticed.

Stay tuned…