Reading about successful people then copying them is one strategy of success.
If you watch children, one way of learning about the world is they copy others. Children use those around them as models upon which they build their own personalities. The child will copy the person they think they like to be, and will discard what they do not need, retaining the parts upon which to frame their sense of self.
As a way of learning to be successful, we can use the same techniques as the child, by studying the successful people of history, then copying their traits or technique into our own lives.
I have been reading about Hans Christian Andersen, the writer of famous stories like The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and the The Ugly Duckling. The Anderson story is a rags to riches story, a man who fought against the odds to rise above his poverty. This man was no quitter, for life cut him down again and again, but he got up and tried new approaches until he found a door of opportunity open to him.
Two things I picked up immediately from the Anderson story is that if you fail, keep going, and second, to try a different approach to get where you want to be going. Anderson also created opportunities, and he seized them when they manifested to him.
In certain business areas and in my efforts to eliminate 14lbs of weight, I have hit rough patches, and it is the Anderson story that I remember. If he can do it, so can I, and I fight on to overcome the obstacle I encounter to my goals.