15 Minutes as Your Model of Success

Something to PonderWho is your primary model of success? What one person best captures your idea of living the dream?

Modeling is a great technique for learning and understanding what makes someone successful. What would it be like to see through their eyes and live their life?

Being Warren Buffet, or Tony Robbins, or Steve Jobs, or Oprah, or…

In the movie Being John Malkovich, there exists a door that leads into the head of Malkovich. It’s a quirky movie, and happens to be one of my favorites.

So I began to wonder, what would it be like if this was actually possible?

This thought experiment is a cool way to let your imagination help you see and experience what your idea of success is like.

  • Take 15 minutes when you won’t be disturbed, and sit in a quiet room. If you have longer, that’s great, but give yourself at least 15 minutes.

  • Then visualize a door that leads into the head of your role model. This door sends you through a tunnel that deposits you into their consciousness.
  • Now begin to imagine what it’s like living as them. What are they doing? What are they saying or thinking? Use your inner senses to conjure up a rich movie of what your model does in a typical day.

What about how they live is a key element of success to you? What makes them successful?

This is more than just daydreaming. Using thought experiments to get your mind thinking about how it feels to be successful, helps create a pattern of success. It stretches your mental models.

One of my favorite books on these types of exercises and research is The Power of Impossible Thinking by Jerry Wind. It puts these ideas out there in a very logical and accessible way.

Taking time to see things through the eyes of someone you view as successful is a great way to strengthen your success patterns. It also helps you to understand why you find certain people successful, and to establish what you want in your own model of success.