I was speaking to someone yesterday who was lamenting that they had read about XYZ person who had everything figured out.
The view that is presented in magazine, is great… for the people in the magazines.
People can win popularity contests by cheating easily. All it often ends with is that person becoming more isolated and lonely since either relationship with the truth becomes more distant. From best selling books, to best places to work or fastest growing anything.
Others peoples lives and stories have very little correlation to your success. They have a high correlation to your head trash that will invariably slow you down.
Learn what you can from others, but understand that not all of what you read or see is truth or reality.