I have certainly tried to emulate other peoples systems, still do to some extent, because we all build on what has gone before.
Never understood “big goals” life is a journey and really we all go the same way at the end. The successful (whatever that is) business person is just as likely to end up a dribbling shell of a human being as I am, the journey is the point not the goal, I have always just gone where life has taken me. Mapping stuff out is probably akin to a business plan, more guesswork and wish projection than what will likely happen.
If I had followed the “normal” established wisdoms I doubt I would be typing this sitting in a coffee bar looking out to sea with sun shining. Yes I probably would have “achieved” more, I doubt I would be any happier or more fulfilled.
I never set out to be what I am today, quit school ASAP and just grabbed some opportunities as they came up and of course let a many more slip by. “Big Goals” probably have as much of a downside as they do an up, pressures, stresses letting other areas of life slip etc. I try to just do the best I can each day, I often fail, but that as I have said is just part of the journey.