Everybody should have goals. You should have goals related to fitness, business, life in general, etc. How to choose the right goals is a topic for another day. For now let’s assume you have your goals mapped out.

The easiest way to achieve those goals is to find someone who’s already there. Success leaves clues. When you find that person, emulate them.

Here’s the key. Don’t necessarily emulate their current actions. While you certainly can, and copying their current daily habits will most likely be beneficial to you, you need to look at HOW they got there. Follow that formula.

If you want to be a professional football player, find someone who started in a position that’s similar to yours. And I don’t mean position on the field – I’m referring to their position in life. Were they always the best athlete on the team? Were they so much more developed than their peers while they were growing up? If you’re the opposite of that, following that player’s path may not be the best idea. Find someone who was undersized and overlooked. Follow their formula.

Now that doesn’t mean you should be doing the same training as them. An NFL player is much more advanced than someone in high school, and their training will reflect that. The high school kid probably has no business doing the same “cool” exercises that the pro is doing for Instagram.

The same rule applies to other areas such as business. If you’re fascinated with the stock market and want to become the next Warren Buffett, follow his path. However, you shouldn’t necessarily follow his current stock-picking advice. His financial situation is much different than yours, and you need to take that into account.

Success leaves clues. Learn from those who have already done it. It will help you avoid making the same mistakes they did, and it will put you on the fast-track to achieving your goals.