For me, it’s easy. I’ve done used a lot of those “how to be successful” tricks and they work. They’re not difficult, it’s true.
I could go even further if I lacked a conscience, and I could teach you how.
But these tricks only work for white males. Other groups have to use other tricks that work for them.
There are also different tricks you have to use depending on your starting point. Someone who starts with several million dollars in the family bank accounts has different course to follow than someone whose family has $10 in the bank.
If you have an accent or speech issues, a non-TV-ready face, physical limitations, strange hair, a body type that is outside of the average range (height / weight / shape), you automatically have a steeper hill to climb. Not insurmountable but steeper.
It’s naive to believe that “you just have to emulate successful people” because for some there’s far more they have to do to get there, and it can get expensive.
For example, location matters. If you want to be successful in Orange County CA as a white person, you need plastic surgery. It’s just how it is there. But on the East coast, you can be hairy or short but as long as you carry the proper local attitude you can thrive.
I don’t know how things work in the midwest but I suspect they have different metrics for what’s acceptable on the road to success.
It’s very interesting to study historical circumstances that provide the affordances that allowed them to get their millions.
Sometimes you can learn from them. Sometimes it’s just historical curiousity. For example, can you recreate the environments that created the uber wealthy families of the mid-late 19th century? No. That time is gone. The circumstances are gone. You can learn _some_ lessons to be sure, but it’s not a straightforward roadmap to success. You can take some lessons of course though.
Now, if the _systems_ have fundamentally remained unchanged, you can follow some distilled advice from long ago and recreate to some degree.
For example: there are _some_ rules of the stock markets that have not changed since the 1930s that you can follow in 2016 just fine on the road to a stock market success. Other aspects of the market have changed though and ignorance of such things will be a limiting factor.
For example, if you believe the markets are rational, you’ll end up losing (unless you play the indexes, which is always the smartest bet in general). The reason you’ll end up losing is because the markets are emotional, not rational, despite Adam Smith.
Right now for example, the markets are clearly in an artificial bubble that’s being blown up by creating various disturbances and writing hopeful things in the economic papers. Create hope among the ‘rational investors” and they will invest But a simple reading of the chart shows a clear bubble that’s going to correct at some point. Who is blowing it up artificially? The investors that know the markets are emotional in nature, all the way down to the fundamentals, as the fundamentals are a distillation of hope-of-growth moreso than hard logical reason and the bias is embedded in the numbers.
Now if you’re talking about “acting” for emulating a successful person, well that really *is* easy. A good example in recent fiction is Tyler Perry’s “Too Close to Home”, where a very poor Alabama girl gets her way to the White House and sleeps with the Prez by utilizing white privilege successfully (a haircut, change of accent, standard scam tactics that work).
So, it depends on what you mean by “emulating successful people”.
The four standard ways to get rich in the USA are:
real estate (rental income in general, including rental equipment)
run a business
own several businesses.
That’s pretty much it, besides inheritance.