The worst thing you can try to do is to mimic someone else. I am not saying you shouldn't accept their guidance, warnings and advice; but, remember, everyone's journey is unique and valuable. Sure, finding a mentor who has already traveled over the road you are planning on covering can offer priceless advice on how to avoid the potholes, roadblocks and slippery spots; however, to truly travel your own road less traveled requires the awareness of how you want your journey to differ from anyone else's previous journey.
I work exclusively with people who desire to travel their own roads. Only you know what works for you, so you are the most qualified person to plan your future. Steve Jobs said it very well:
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by Dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
Nuff said? Question everything. Create everything anew. See things in new ways and combinations. One of the major principles I push in my coaching practice is that the first answer is not always the best answer. The first answer is often influenced by two things - the desire to get to a solution quickly and, often times, the parroting of other people's solutions - not your own. I am always asking my clients, "What is another possibility?". Usually three or four answers later, we finally get to some very creative, individual ideals.
I have three clients who have moved on this month, well on their way to achieving their own unique dreams. This leaves me with the wonderful opportunity to start working with three new people. If you have a dream that you have always wanted to pursue; if you are in the middle of the journey and need a boost; if you are tired of living everyone else's life and have an idea of what your road looks like, contact me. We can do a single coaching session to start the journey.
And most of all - U B U. You know you better than anyone, so why seek a second opinion.