Aspirational people are always aiming high.
Modelling is a great way to learn from others. The idea is if you do what they did you’ll get similar results.
Aspirational people therefore look at people who they perceive as more successful than them, and they model what they are doing.
And herein lies the mistake…
They model what the other person is doing rather than what the other person did to get where they are now.
As a result, I see aspirational people with early-stage businesses focussing on the Corporate Social Responsibility program but neglecting their internal communications, I see aspirational people doing employee engagement testing but neglecting their recruitment and selection process, I see aspirational people focussing on Six Sigma but neglecting simple process mapping…
To get to the top, whatever that means to you, doesn’t mean jumping straight to what the people at the top are doing. By taking that approach you neglect the years, and sometimes decades, that person invested to earn the privilege to focus on what they currently get to focus on.
Getting to the top starts at the bottom.
Or do you want to be right?
Recently I was in a meeting with my management team.
One isn’t better than the other.
We all have different personas; the child, the warrior, the sage etc.
Is a feeling.
Entrepreneurs and doctors are similar in many ways.
Recently, I had an experience that led to a decision that on the outside might have seemed rapid and reckless.
Recently I met someone who inspired me to my very core; where they’ve come from, what they believe in, what they are doing, who they are, the integrity and courage they live with, the way they are living, the choices they are making, the trust they choose to live with…
They say the man who is going to live to 150 has already been born.