It is important to remember that everyone is different.
There are variables that can make a difference, even minute details like the time of the day or day of the week!
If you are adopting a strategy that worked for someone else, understand the major variables that were part of that success process. Because there’s far more under the surface than most people understand, or even notice.
No one sees the years of struggle and setbacks for the best actors in the world, for instance. That’s why most people who want to get into acting get into it thinking it’s an easy profession, and a great way to fame and fortune.
The same applies for nearly every successful people, nearly every profession.
Learning from others, not reinventing the wheel… those are great strategies.
But in the same way you can’t fit a square peg in a round hole, you can’t just take a strategy as is and apply it to your life without making the necessary adjustments.
That’s why it is important to try things, and make adjustments.
Don’t just discard a strategy if it doesn’t work for you the first time – figure out why it didn’t work, and then make the necessary adjustments.
That’s how you can shortcut success. That is how you can successfully learn from other people’s experiences, and learnings, and mistakes, and successes.
You don’t shortcut success by expecting things to work out of the box, as is, but rather by figuring out how they can work for you, and by making adjustments and pivots.
Trial and error is the name of the game.