Lewis became a master of connecting.
Maria became a master by connecting ideas from across time.
Paul became a master of speaking, teaching and emotional intelligence.
Ramit became a master of money and psychology.
Pat became a master of podcasting and business by helping others.
We all have our influences in real life and on paper. Titans of our industries.
But no one starts at the top. (And if they did they wouldn’t have the values to stay there.)
The question is what strategies and insights can we learn from them and apply to become our own thought leaders. How do we get from 0 to 1? (H👺ll, how do I get from 0.01 to 1?)
I see writing as a direct window into the soul. Our thought process, fears, strengths, ideas — who we are, etched a period of time. (Even lies give us valuable insights into their psyche.)
That’s why I’ve decided to start binge reading blogs of thought readers I follow and enjoy. To know where they started, and understand how they become who they are today. I don’t want to be Tim Ferriss, or Pat Flynn or whoever, but I want to similar things they have created for lives. I want to be able to learn, create, and connect without being encumbered by if I’ll be able to pay rent next month.
Of course a blog is just a piece of their life, but even a small slice of what it takes to be successful is enough to create radical change in our lives.
And I figure, If I’m going to binge something, might as well make it something that improve my life and makes me a better person. (… …. okay fine fine, I’m still going to binge Stranger Things too. 🙂
Here are 5 ground rules I’m following:
1. I am binge reading at most two blogs at a time. (Two because I want to find connections and correlations between the two influencers)
2. I will read every relevant post, but if they seem useless to my life I’ll skim them.
3. Any time a blog sparks an idea, be that a writing prompt for Renaissance Life or an idea I can use for my work (at 60Watts, boldsheep, Pass It Down or Paul) I will immediately start working on the idea until completed.
4. If any blog post mentions something I should do (action steps) I will immediately do it before moving on. Whether that’s a challenge, business advice, or anything that resembles increased happiness and wellbeing.
5. Some Influencer don’t JUST have a blog but a podcast, books or other areas of interest. I will binge those as well.
I’m looking for patterns, insights into life and how they become who they are today.
If I am every going to be worthy of the title of a Renaissance Man, I’ve got to learn from the best.
Here’s a list of people I know I’ll want to read of the top of my head:
Feel free to make any suggestions to any influencers you enjoy in the comments below or via email. (I’ll periodically update this list)
I’ll keep you updated on my binge reading journey as I go.
Join me on this CHALLENGE — if your crazy like me.
— Josh Waggoner