A have a friend who is an engineer for a company that makes industrial equipment.
Recently he took a trip to South Korea, as a big company there was one of his clients.
Before they let him in the facility, they made him surrender all his pens, phones, and papers.
They were extremely worried about trade secrets, and didn’t want him copying anything.
One of the unknown drivers of the industrial revolution was copyright infringement.
Everybody was copying the crap out of everybody else.
Even entire books were pirated and sold for a nickel.
All kinds of industrial espionage was taking place.
Ever since the first caveman decided it might be easier to throw a rock at a zebra instead of wrestle it to the ground and beat it to death, humans have been copying each other.
This is the heart of progress. Somebody gets an idea and turns it into a business.
Somebody else improves on it. And on and on.
Pretty soon we go from running to riding bicycles to riding on trains to flying in planes.
The process of modeling is the heart of NLP.
The whole set of language patterns was modeled from the some of the greatest therapists.
And then later the modeling process itself became part of the process.
When you were a kid, and you wanted to learn how to walk, you didn’t invent the process on your own.
You copied everybody around you until you could reproduce what they did.
Unconsciously, this is natural. Automatic.
When we get older, and we want to consciously learn things, it’s a bit more involved.
If you wanted to copy somebody playing the piano, you’d have to do more than sit and move your fingers around.
You’d have to copy their understanding of music. What all the notes mean.
One thing that is very helpful in any learning endeavor is to measure your progress.
Try something, see what happens, then step back and take a look.
A great way to do this is journaling. Write down the things you did, what you learned, and what you can do next to do even better next time.
It helps if you have some kind of reference material to help.
A set of ideas of principles to go by. You study them, then go out into the world and apply them.
Then later at home, write down what happened. Then study them some more, think of a different way to apply them based on your experience, and go out and try them again.
And keep repeating the process.
Do this every day, and pretty soon you’ll be an expert.
Of whatever it is you want to do.
Making money. Persuasion. Sales. Relationships. Anything.