One of the questions I think about often: “Are they succeeding in spite of what they’re doing?”
The question reminds me of two things.
The first: success is built on consistency.
It doesn’t matter if your technique isn’t perfect, if your training regimen isn’t ideal, or the gym isn’t glamorous.
If you work out every day, you will get stronger.
The second reminder: just because someone is succeeding at something, doesn’t mean it can’t be done better.
Their success may be a result of sheer willpower.
It may be possible to get 80% of their results with 20% of their effort.
Or it might be possible to get the same results much faster.
So, next time you’re using examples of success for guidance, ask: “Are they succeeding in spite of what they’re doing?”