People all around us have something to teach us if only we could be aware of them. We don't always have to be reinventing the wheel. The people we know and work with must be used as resources, or we are shortchanging ourselves.
We must learn from the people who have made the journey before us. Not only can they tell us the pitfalls to avoid , they can show us the way.
The important thing is to select the right role models. We are not looking for people to entertain us- the class clowns. We are not looking for people that make us feel good- the friends that are always singing our praises. Nor are we necessary looking for people we like or admire from afar. We aren't looking to join fan clubs.
We are interested only in identifying traits in others that we can use to make ourselves better. And these people can be found anywhere- friends, family,whoever. The key is to identify the specific traits that we admire- those traits that can make us better- and emulate them.
We must learn from others mistakes.
Sometimes learning what not to do is more important than learning what to do.