It is wise to persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea.
~ Nelson Mandela
However, to make your life a success, you need examples to follow in order to know what you should and should not do.
All human beings function through mimicry, or imitating others. From childhood to old-age, all is mimicry, since no-one lives isolated from everyone else.
You take your first steps unconsciously imitating those around you.
The best proof is children raised by wolves, who often walk on all-fours and must learn to walk on their two legs later on. They also need to learn to eat with a knife and fork, etc. Everything in life is mimicry.
And the same applies to psychology and behaviour. Although each person possesses their own personality, it is often constructed through mimicry and/or opposition to people you see every day, like your parents or grandparents when you’re young.
Sometimes, without knowing it, you copy certain habits and mannerisms, certain behaviours of relatives, either close or distant.
Mimicry is not a bad thing. You can and should reproduce a behaviour if it enables you to improve yourself.
For that to happen, every one of us needs to look up, not down. Successful people’s behaviour is a model, because it can provide you with constructive advice.