I'm a quarter way through Kobe Bryant's autobiography, The mamba mentality, and I realized a pattern. He references a lot of great basketball players who played before him in the NBA.
More than that, he became friends, even a student to most of them.
Magic Johnson taught him the secret to cross-court bounce pass is the backspin you put on the ball.
He also taught Kobe how to anticipate opponents' defence and make passes to teammates before they would even realize that they were open.
Muhammad Ali, even though he's not a basketball player, taught Kobe how to manipulate opponents' strength and use it against them.
And Bill Russel, the only NBA player who has more championship rings than their fingers told Kobe that if you want to win championships, you have to let people focus on what they do best while you focus on what you do best.
Not coincidentally, Kevin Hart, another person who I really look up to told Oprah the difference between his success and others who tried and failed is that he paid attention to what people did before him.
Everybody who's successful leaves a trail. If you pay attention, you can follow those footsteps and carry with you their learnings in your journey to success.
This is especially true if you're honing a craft.
Whether you're an athlete, a writer, programmer, designer or a carpenter. If you want to be great at your craft you have to find the classics, the best in the fields, those who came before you, and pay attention to the details.