Curious minds like to ask questions such as “How can I be as great as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Richard Branson?“. The names of the people change but the intention remains to learn the strategies that make the now “great” people great. Curiosity gets to me as I read what those secrets are to such questions. My “first” take on this is:
- Be Yourself – don’t try to be someone. You cannot be one of them as there is only one of those great people you mentioned. They all carved their niche.
- Have your set of principles and live by them
- Reduce – the feedback loop. Constantly give yourself and get feedback from others, learn, update and get the feedback again.
- Stop wondering about such questions too much and focus on your “work” that matters. Don’t obsess on other people’s greatness. Nobody became great by coping others.
- You need to obsess about your selected subject and be the greatest at that.
I like what Justine Musk writes
Extreme success results from an extreme personality and comes at the cost of many other things. Extreme success is different from what I suppose you could just consider ‘success’, so know that you don’t have to be Richard or Elon to be affluent and accomplished and maintain a great lifestyle. Your odds of happiness are better that way. But if you’re extreme, you must be what you are, which means that happiness is more or less beside the point. These people tend to be freaks and misfits who were forced to experience the world in an unusually challenging way. They developed strategies to survive, and as they grow older they find ways to apply these strategies to other things, and create for themselves a distinct and powerful advantage. They don’t think the way other people think. They see things from angles that unlock new ideas and insights. Other people consider them to be somewhat insane.