We read books, magazines and newspapers. We watch television. We use the Internet. We observe people to see how they dress, how they walk, how they talk, how they interact, and much more. The bottom line is that we like to learn.
A great way to learn is through imitation. The saying goes that imitation is the best form of flattery.   But it is also a great learning technique. As babies we learned how to do everything by imitating others. Later in life we became embarrassed at the thought of imitation, although we do it all the time.
Mind you; imitating a person does not imply that you lose your individuality or that you become a stalker. Rather, it means observing individuals so that you may learn something valuable. The best use of imitation is as a self-improvement tool.
Handpick the quality of a person you admire. If you admire the general demeanor of a person, or wish that you could be disciplined like him, speak like him or carry yourself like him, start observing that person carefully. Mimics do this very effectively. Notice how they get the speech pattern, the idiosyncrasies and the finest nuances of a person down to a tee.
The person you admire may not be alive any more. In that case, read his biography, autobiography or books written by him. Get to know this person well through his words and thought patterns.
Learn by imitating.


Didi Ji