You may want to emulate what a successful person does, so that the same success comes to you. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since you want to learn from successful people and not reinvent the wheel. However, one person’s success formula may not apply to your specific circumstances. Furthermore, if everyone follows the formula, it becomes average, and true success requires something beyond average
For example, when I tried to lose my post-pregnancy weight, I diligently followed the fitness magazines. These tips worked, up to a point. Then, I hit a plateau, and the things I was doing before that successfully dropped the pounds were no longer working. A trainer at my gym noticed that I hadn’t changed my routine and advised me to mix it up. I ended up following a completely different approach, but it worked for the remaining pounds. Now, after following that approach for some time, I realize that I need to mix it up again.
Success is self-correcting. Even though something works, it won’t work all the time. Not only do you need to find a success formula that works for you and your specific goal, but you need the flexibility to ditch the formula and try something new. If you think you’re doing the right things but not getting the result you want, mix it up. A success philosophy is only right for you when it gives you the results you want.