Surround Yourself With Brilliant People

Brilliance isn’t born,

it’s something we create and learn.

The best way to be remarkable at something — anything — is to learn from someone who already knows it and has mastered it.

That’s why ‘they’ tell you you’re the accumulation of the people you surround yourself with.

If you want to be brilliant, Surround yourself with brilliant people.

We can also learn from masters remotely.

Who’s great at X and what can I learn from them?

The best photographers, musicians, writers, bloggers, entrepreneurs, designers, creators, athletes, …?

What can I learn from their work, strategies, way of thinking, talks, videos, courses, art, habits, clients, character traits, goals & dreams ..?

Our own brilliance is a combination of all the remarkable people we spend time with and those that have come before us who made waves in the status quo.

And from that combination we find our own style. Our own take.

Our uniqueness. 


— Josh Waggoner

related wisdom:

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” —Eleanor Roosevelt


You can improve your circumstances

Antidote: #0005: You Can Improve Your Circumstances

When you end up

where you don’t want to be ‘how did I get here?’

When Life pushes against you — ‘why isn’t anything working?’

When you drift from the path you set out to follow — ‘why am I sucking at this?’


Your circumstances can feel overwhelming and even depressing.

But your life isn’t over. you can come back. your situation isn’t final. The problems you’re facing aren’t going to last forever.

My life has been in turmoil lately.

A combination of misfortunes and lack of energy / resources has left me feeling at sea.

My desire is to create wonderful, impactful things. But you may be surprised how difficult this path may be.

Like you, I have many obstacles in my path.

Some that have been thrown my way —

Some made by my own hands, because of the life that I want to create.

But that’s life. We all have obstacles we must face, problems to overcome, and mountains we’ve decided to climb.

If you’ve decided to pursue a dream or purpose.

If you stand for anything

You will face your own share of obstacles and strife too.

It’s up to each of us to make the most of our circumstances

and to strive to find solutions for our problems.

In fact it’s our responsibility.

Our mission to improve our circumstances, and to pursue our best selves.


How to Start Improving Your Circumstances

Practice Humility:

Dreams aren’t handed to us, we must make them.

The world doesn’t owe us anything.

We must take responsibility for the life and impact we want.

When in doubt, ask for help:

We are not islands — sometimes we need a helping hand.

Seek Advice. Wisdom falls on the ears that listen.

Surround yourself with brilliant people who want you to succeed.

And take it one step at a time:

Progress is incremental. Success happens one step at a time.

Overnight success isn’t overnight. It’s a cumulated streak of daily effort and habit.

Don’t compare your internal world to someone’s external world. I’m sure if you ask them, they’ll have their own set of issues they are dealing with as well. Everyone is.

You can improve your circumstances.

Go out and do it today. and everyday.

— Josh Waggoner

Renaissance Life, Antidotes: ‘cures for the common strife’

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related wisdom

“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.’ Ralph Marston


“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities” —  Bruce Lee


“Circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him.” — James Allen

Tranquility & Tension – the two-sided coin to a great life

For me,

I strive to counterbalance life with tranquility of present

and determination and fire for a better future. A better me.

A great life is a counterbalance of tranquility and tension.



in who I am — my present —

and who I was —  my past.


The problem is, it’s easy to bottle up things. Like little secrets hidden away without actually intending to do so.

To bottle up failures, mistakes, frustration, fears, and pain that others caused — intentionally or not.

We have to let go.

It’s difficult, if not impossible to move forward, with our past dragging behind.

Close your eyes, think of each pain you’re holding on to, tell them you have to let go,

and then release them into the air. Let them float away, like a balloon run free.


In who I want to be.

Knowing that I can be better —

not because I hate who I am, but because I want to be the best me I can be.

And the best me takes tension to grow into my own —

By humbling myself. By building my future each today. By actually enjoying today and where I amBy fighting for my dreams, with any means necessary.


Your future is built on today. each day. Your best self is waiting.

If you’re doing what you can, with what you have, where you are’, it’s just a matter of time and patience.


— Josh Waggoner,  Renaissance Life: Antidotes, Cures for the common strive.