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“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I wouldn’t be who I am if it weren’t for good books and other work from smart and creative people out there in the world (and from the past).

It’s been said time and again that you are the sum of the people you surround yourself with the most. It’s also true that you are the sum of what you read, watch, listen to, and experience.

It’s truly inspiring—and a little frightening when you think about it—how one book, or one podcast, or one video can change your life. There is (and has been) a lot of chaos in the world, but there’s also a huge amount of people doing incredible and impactful work. We can be that too (perhaps you already are) if we take up the call. It doesn’t have to be big.

Small changes and details are often what makes the most impact. But it does require us to seek it out and initiate it.

But first, we have to be willing to see our own faults and change ourselves.

This leads us back to good inputs.

If you want to be an influencer, you have to first learn to be influenced by people doing great things.

We must dive deep. Whatever it is you want to be good at. We must go beyond the latest best sellers or hot trends and find the principles that guide creativity and community.

We need to study the greats—people much wiser and smarter than ourselves.

We need to learn how to think, and truly think for ourselves, versus repeating what we hear and learn.

We need to learn the fundamentals of the universe—philosophy, math, music, physics, statistics, nature—and find interesting ways to combine them.

And we need to seek out deep conversations and friendships. Liking someone’s photo is nice, but reaching out and making friends is impactful both ways.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1693

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