Almost every conference speech and case study about successful change focuses on the endpoint in the story, the result. But most of our time is spent on the voyage to the result, whether this is a positive or negative outcome. The journey is complex and hard, but bypassing it misses the opportunity to feel the joy and motivation of the highs, frustration at the challenges and ultimately the ownership of and learning from the result. This is far more important to feel and touch the learning that it is from reading any Lessons Learnt Log.
One common mistake is to see successful change elsewhere and decide to copy this model/solution/approach/feature, hoping to bypass the challenging struggle. These copycat projects have some of the highest failure rates, largely because they fail to see the value in the voyage, jumping to a quick fix 'Silver Bullet'. However, the reason for success in the original project will be largely due to the voyage, the engagement of and struggles of people along the journey, the unique environment or circumstances that generated the outcome, something that is almost impossible to recreate.
The lesson, use the stories of others to inspire you on your own journey, embrace the ups and downs as this is where the value is, and see the opportunity in the one voyage that is most likely to help your initiative or project to be uniquely successful.