How to Do Something vs. How to Get Results

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Oh, how easy it is to forget there is a distinct difference between learning how to do something, and learning how to get results.

We’ve all been learning how to do things since we were babies. Some of those things we learned on our own through trial and error (e.g. learning how to walk). But most things we learn how to do, we learn because someone taught us, or at least showed us how.

Things like learning how to tie our shoes, read, do math, ride a bike, drive a car… you get the idea.

When we were learning how to do those things, the only result we were focused on was mastering the task.

We probably weren’t expecting that just because someone taught us how to drive, we would suddenly become Mario Andretti.

On the other hand, if, when we learned how to drive, we discovered we had a passion for it and we wanted to become the best, we probably would have expected it would take a lot more driving lessons and plenty of practice. And even then we probably knew the odds of becoming the best in the world were slim.

And therein lies the rub.

I, or any other teacher, coach, or expert, can certainly teach you how to do something.

And that’s a good thing, because trying to figure everything out on your own takes a lot longer and is a lot more frustrating. We all can learn from other people’s experience.

If someone has already walked a path, I don’t want to feel like I have to blaze that trail all over again myself. I want to walk behind them and benefit from the lessons they learned along the way, so I can hopefully avoid making the same mistakes they made.

And, as a teacher, that’s what I hope to do for my students.

I look at it more like providing a road map, so my students aren’t wandering aimlessly, but instead have some direction to help them find their way.

But just because someone takes all the same steps as their teacher, doesn’t mean they’re going to get the exact same results.

It simply doesn’t work that way.

As an online teacher, students often want to know exactly what I’ve done… what does my Signature Program look like, how many calls does it include, how much does it cost, how much access do my clients get, do I give them video training, handouts, etc.?

I realize they’re probably looking for a short cut to success, thinking that if I was successful doing it this way, if they do the exact same thing, they will be successful, too. And not just successful, but if I built a six-figure business doing that, they can also build their six-figure business doing the same thing.

The problem it, that’s simply not true.

It’s also something I learned the hard way after spending way too many years and way too much money chasing success, and modeling gurus. You can read all about it in my book, Breaking The Spell. But I warn you, it’s not a pretty tale!

No two people walk the same path in life, or business.

Two people can work with the same coach, be in the same mastermind group, take the same online course, or read the same book, and they will still get different results after implementing what they’ve learned.

Even two people in the very same business will not walk the same path.

There are too many variables.

That’s why I believe you can be taught principles, steps, processes, and concepts. But then it’s up to you to apply those things to your situation, take it out into the world, test it, see how it works, and then go back and fine-tune.

Ultimately, you will create your own process comprised of all you’ve learned meshed with your unique situation.

That’s why I don’t believe there is such a thing as a Success Blueprint or System.

Are there steps and knowledge that can shorten your path? Yes.

But can anyone honestly say to you, “Do exactly as I have done and you’ll get exactly the same results”? No, I don’t believe so.

Their situation and circumstances are not the same as yours.

They are not you.

Their path is not your path.

By all means go out and learn what you want to learn.

Focus on mastering the task.

Practice. Practice. Practice.

Look at your results, which ultimately is just feedback from the world.

And fine-tune accordingly.

That’s the only real Success System!

About Debbie

Debbie is an author, blogger, online teacher, business owner, and mid-lifer. She's writes on a wide range of topics, from marketing, money and success, to finding meaning at midlife. If it's on her mind, you'll find her writing about it!

2 comments on “How to Do Something vs. How to Get Results

  1. Hi Debbie

    Thanks for these two perspectives. We are individuals and so to believe
    that if we follow a successful person we will achieve the same success
    would be naive. Clearly, we may be given direction and advised where
    some problems might be en route to success, but each of us has a
    different mindset and by definition our outlook will be different to the
    next person, and so too our results.

    We must not forget that success has different meanings. For some it
    is having money, or more money, but how much? For others it’s more
    about the freedom that money can help provide and the service they
    can offer, but either way it’s all back to the individual to discover and
    achieve the desired results.

    Thanks for your most interesting post, and for the courses you offer;
    many of which I have completed and benefited from greatly, and for
    which I am most grateful. If I can help you in any way, do contact me.

  2. You nailed it with this article Debbie. There just two many variables when a person learns something then applies to his/her reality. I have am currently taking your courses on Udemy and please keep up the blunt or real world application. As guy trying to promote two businesses, I would rather have articles like this, then some bs filler that doesn’t mean a hill of beans. Keep up the good work.

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