Have you ever tried to step in someone's footprints through a field of nearly-untouched snow? Or how about your father's as you followed his fast and larger feet through forests when you were young? It's quite difficult. The footsteps are not yours, and so you must try to adjust your stride to the length of legs that are not yours, predict the difficulties those before you had to face, match a step two sizes too big to your step two sizes too small.
So forget about following in someone else's footsteps. Create your own. Carve your own path through sand, dirt and snow to your own place of choosing, and your life will follow.