I've always loved studying people. Successful people, wealthy people, impoverished people, spiritual people, secular people, people in general. I've always been intrigued by people's neurological structures, the feelings of their heart, the strength (or lack thereof) of their spirit. I've also always been a huge fan of people's stories.
Everyone has a story and, although nothing is new under the sun, our uniqueness enables our trials, tribulations, and triumphs to constantly help others in their life's journey.
I especially love a good ol' fashion success story. A rags-to-riches, Cinderella-type, underdog, champion-esque story. It allows us to see the human side of those we idolize, identify a little of ourselves in their story, and most of all, it encourages us to go after our own dreams after we know it can be done. This, in essence, is reverse engineering.
Reverse engineering is a term that means to study the parts of something to see how it works so you can duplicate it. The term can also be applied to people and their success.
If you want to be a musical or performing powerhouse study the likes of Beyonce.
If you want to make advances in STEM, study folks like Katherine Johnson or Mae Jemison.
If you want to be in media or operate successful businesses, study people like Oprah.
If you want to be a motivational speaking force study Dr. Eric Thomas.
If you want to be a sports legend one day, study a Michael Jordan.
If you want to be a best-selling author, read about individuals like Terry McMillan and figure out how she did it (talking to myself on this one).
In layman's terms, wherever it is that you're trying to go, find someone who has already been there and done that. Sit with them or read their story, and follow the blueprint. This is what I like to call the breadcrumbs left behind on the path to success.
What do you hope to accomplish and whose process are you "reverse engineering?"