Why You Don’t Need to Follow Jobs, Brandson, or Buffett to Become the Best Version of Yourself

Mar 18, 2021

Heroes.

Today, inside one of the multiple online communities I belong to, we are talking about “heroes”.

The exercise we practice is based on sharing who your heroes are and which lessons you learn from them.

Can you guess who appeared?

Yes, you’re right: Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, and so forth.

Sometimes I wonder if Humanity existed or would survive before or after Warren Buffett, Richard Branson, or Steve Jobs.

I’m nobody to judge these guys, and there’s nothing wrong I can say about them. They’re geniuses. Period.

The point is:

  • Are they the only ones who exist or existed?
  • Are they the only ones who you can learn from?
  • Are they the only ones who are going to help you become a better self?

And you should ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you want to become a better version of yourself?
  • Do you want to perform better?
  • Do you want to grow?

Why “heroes” are closer than you may think

Before moving forward to look for answers to the questions above, I’ll tell you an anecdote that my business partner lived a long time ago.

A local newspaper interviewed him because it was making a documentary about “entrepreneurs in the city”.

The journalist asked him:

— Who’s your favorite historical figure?

My business partner replied:

— My father.

I think my business partner nailed it.

I’ve never been a hero follower. The “fan movement” was never my thing.

I’m an avid reader, and I can tell you I read hundreds of biographies, from Tesla to Lee Iacocca, Bruce Lee, Steve Jobs, Marcus Aurelius, Frida Kahlo, or Isaac Newton.

Because of that, I learned they were great at some skills, but, at the same time, they were a complete disaster in some other areas.

That’s why I can’t consider them “heroes”.

  • Did I learn from them?
  • Were they a source of inspiration?

Definitely.

But, did these geniuses and “heroes” produce my significant life changes?

Absolutely not.

Where you can find the “heroes” that solve your problems

If you want to find answers to your real issues, you should look for people who have them today or had them in the past.

People who exactly face or faced the same kind of stuff that’s “killing you”.

  • Are you trying to lose weight? Look for someone who lost 50 pounds.
  • Are you trying to create your own business? Look for an entrepreneur who began from your same starting point.
  • Do you want to improve your productivity? Look for people who fought against the same problems as you and solved them.

In my case, I’m trying to become a better online writer (long way ahead, my friend), focusing on Medium as a first stage.

Do I seek advice from Cervantes, Shakespeare, or some other History superstar?

Nope.

I pay attention to those who are performing well today.

Because:

  • These people are closer to you, and you can easily get in touch with them.
  • These people are facing or faced in the past your current issues.
  • These people will engage with you and give you real support to your today’s real problems.

That’s why I get in touch with Nicolas Cole, Tim Denning, Tom Brison, Ayodeji Awosika, Sinem Günel, Zulie Rane, Jon Morrow, Joel Mwakasege, Dr. Mehmet Yildiz, Darius Foroux…

I joined their courses, their communities. I ask, they reply. I got problems, they give me solutions.

  • Are they changing my life for the better?
  • Are they helping me much more than those “historical heroes”?

Of course they are.

If I’d believe in heroes (it’s not the case), they would be my heroes.

They help me grow based on my goals, my priorities, my aspirations, my life.

Another example.

I’m a productivity geek. Last year, I was looking for a way to improve my productivity systems.

Who was the person who made one of my greatest changes in that area of my life?

It wasn’t Julius Caesar.

It was August Bradley, an “unknown” guy who offered me an amazing solution on a silver platter.

  • Did I grow?
  • Did I solve most of my problems?
  • Am I a better self?

Be sure of it!

How you can easily get in touch with the “heroes” you need

Today we’re very fortunate because it’s easier than ever to get in touch with your “heroes”, those who can solve your problems, who can improve your life.

  • Internet.
  • Online communities.
  • Podcasts.
  • Blogs.
  • Forums.
  • Newsletters.
  • Social Media.
  • Ebooks.

You can directly access these “heroes”, who are just one click away from you.

I chat directly with all these people daily if I need to:

  • They give me the answers I need.
  • They teach me the techniques I’m looking for.
  • They care about my evolution.
  • They’re saving me time.

It works.

Learn and apply this “hero” strategy if you want to achieve your goals

You usually get shocked by those who made great things in Human History.

You admire those guys because you see they made huge and giant things for humankind. Things you can’t even imagine how to start dealing with.

It’s great to think big, as some gurus say, but your life (and mine) is usually much simpler than that because life is as simple as you can imagine.

Are you narrow-minded because of that?

Absolutely no.

You usually don’t have to conquer empires, make a great discovery for Humanity, or create the next unicorn.

You just want to be happy, to live a life of fulfillment. That’s your great (and only) conquest.

To do so:

  • You have to pay attention to those who are closest to you.
  • Those who are fighting or fought with those things that are causing you trouble.
  • Those things you’re trying to solve, based on your goals and priorities in life.

There are millions of anonymous “heroes” out there who can give you excellent and life-changing pieces of advice.

Look for people who solved the problems you’re dealing with.

Last thoughts

Use the great gurus for pieces of inspiration, to have a broader vision, maybe to think a little bit out of the box, for entertainment. Nothing else.

Do not despise those who are less known, who “have done less” for Humanity.

Pay attention to friends, your family, your son, entrepreneurs who lived or are living your circumstances.

Don’t underestimate them.

They’re the ones who can make possible significant changes in your life.

Photo at the top courtesy of Kyle Glenn on Unsplash.

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