Lessons from successful people can deliver more value than 1,000 hours of hard work

Many successful people are pathfinders. They inspire millions of people to muster courage and strength to go after their dreams.

Successful people raise the standards of human achievement. We can learn a lot from them to write our stories of excellence.

The right lessons for your unique experience can save you time, money and deliver more value than 1000 hours of hard work.

Highly successful have no obligation to tell us their secrets, techniques and smart choices but it’s surprising how much they share in books, documentaries, autobiographies, courses, AMA’s and interviews.

Since I fully committed to writing and online publishing ten years ago, I’ve been seeking out, reading great books and learning how to become a better version of myself.

Seth Godin has been a great inspiration for me. Outside writing, I’m still learning how to live, how to learn, how to prepare for the future and how to build wealth. In the past year alone, I’ve ordered dozens of books to learn from top performers, high achievers and experts in diverse industries.

I’m currently reading The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and HappinessGenius: Richard Feynman and Modern Physics andboth Leonardo Da Vinci and Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson.

It’s always wise to listen to the insights of those who have achieved what you want to achieve and apply their specific lessons to your circumstances.

They’ve been where you are now — they’ve faced similar challenges and overcome the same fears that might keep you awake at night. They’ve gained extremely valuable insights by forging their own paths.

By all means, pursue your own true north but it pays to learn from those who have successfully embarked on the same journey.

When you open yourself to insights and lessons from successful people, are choosing to actively invest in your growth. Even top performers and great achievers are constantly learning.

Paul Tudor Jones, self-made billionaire entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist agrees. He once said, “Intellectual capital will always trump financial capital.”

“In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time — none. Zero,” says Charlie Munger, Self-made billionaire & Warren Buffett’s longtime business partner.

Elon Musk grew up reading two books a day, according to his brother. Bill Gates reads 50 books per year. Mark Zuckerbergreads at least one book every two weeks.

Warren Buffett spends five to six hours per day reading five newspapers and 500 pages of corporate reports. Buffett has invested 80% of his time in reading and thinking throughout his career.

According to an HBR article, “Nike founder Phil Knight so reveres his library that in it you have to take off your shoes and bow.”

To succeed in anything you put your mind to, become a perpetual learner. Don’t stop because you’ve arrived. Keep learning because it’s the only way to stay ahead, reinvent yourself and become a better version of yourself.

Lessons and insight from high achievers, can help you leverage your strengths, confront your limitations, seek better opportunities, identify patterns, and push your expertise further despite the failures of the process.

To get good at something, invest in yourself in partnership with other experts. Seek better knowledge on your way to the top. Today, right now, applied and practical knowledge is one of the most powerful resources for building wealth and living a fulfilling life.

Immerse yourself in extraordinary lives

Learning from successful people can help you overcome inevitable barriers in the future. To maximise your chances for success in life and career, take some time to learn from people who’re already ahead of you.

There’s nothing more valuable than picking the brain of someone who’s living your desired life. When you are in the process of becoming the best version of yourself, immerse yourself in extraordinary lives and stories of highly successful people.

Warren Buffet had mentors, teachers and other smart colleagues that helped him develop his smart investing style over time.

People like Benjamin Graham, David Dodd and Phil Fisher helped him develop the best investing rules necessary to build his empire. Buffett often describes his investing principles as 15% Fisher and 85% Benjamin Graham.

Elon Musk has dominated online payments, rocket flight, electric car manufacturing, and a host of other industries. He credits most of his successes to self-directed learning.

His expertise ranges from rocket science, engineering, physics, and artificial intelligence to solar power and energy. He is an expert-generalists who is also good at applying what he learns immediately.

That’s how he has built his industry-changing businesses. He reads to lead. “You don’t know what you don’t know. You realize there are all these things out there,” Elon Musk once said.

In his book, Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our FutureAshlee Vance says: “It’s amazing to watch the amount of knowledge he has accumulated over the years. I don’t want to be the person who ever has to compete with Elon. You might as well leave the business and find something else fun to do. He will outmaneuver you, outthink you, and out-execute you.”

A greater percentage of self-made millionaires read biographies. Thomas Corley, author of Rich Habits backs this up with research. “I found one set of data points very interesting: 68% of the 177 self-made millionaires in my study read biographies of other successful people, while 91% of “poor” people — those with less than $35,000 in annual gross income and less than $5,000 in liquid assets — did not read biographies of other successful people.”

There’s a reason the most successful turn to biographies — guidance, insights and lessons. It’s having access to a mentor for less than $50.

Wealth and great careers are built on processes, experiments, mistakes, and failures. Minimizing failure and succeeding faster means figuring out what works faster, better and creates wealth faster.

“Between showing us what’s possible and how past breakthroughs have happened, biographies can help us see how greatness thinks — in a way that textbooks often don’t,” writes Shane Snow, the author of Smartcuts.

Whether you seek greatness or wisdom in any area of life, success and failure stories can help you learn from those who have attained astonishing heights in life and career.

You never know what kind of inspiration you’ll draw from their stories. By all means, make time to dive into the amazing stories out there. The knowledge and experience of great minds can deliver more value than learning hard lessons by yourself.