Young professionals are often told that in order to be successful in their chosen career, they have to rise above mediocrity, and do things differently from the usual. In reality, however, following others’ footsteps may help you improve your career path. Being a copycat can actually be a good practice if done right.

Below are some steps you can master to develop good copying habits:

Find a great role model. Search for someone who is excellent at what they do. It could be your parents or someone in the workplace– a superior or a public figure. It can literally be anyone who can motivate you to do better in your career.

Copy what your role model does but make sure that what you emulate are only his or her good traits. Leave off the bad ones and focus on the good ones. Doing so can actually be a good habit as you are reproducing the traits which may eventually lead you to success.

Work on one trait or skill at a time. Do not try to do everything all at once. If you build on multiple skills right away,  you will easily be worn-out, which may result in you not fulfilling anything at all. Doing one thing at a time will help you keep things on track and would prevent you from being overwhelmed.

Do it now. There is no better time to start a new skill or develop a great new habit than now. Start working on the simplest things first then gradually move to another level. Soon you will be amazed at the rate of progress you have accomplished.

Keep at it. There are times when you may not be able to accomplish much. Sometimes, even, there is completely no progress. But hey, relax! Don’t fret. You just need to pick up the pieces and continue what you have started. Stay on course, and you will soon be able to see the fruits of your labor.

You see, copying is not necessarily evil.  Mimicking successful people, especially their notable skills and traits, may help fresh graduates and even those who are already working for an organization, to further excel in the path they want to pursue.