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



To be brilliant

and therefore, be anything else we desire — 

We must adopt models.

A model is a particular way of thinking and seeing. Systems in place to act upon.

It can be something you create, or something you adapt from someone else.

In fact, people we look up to are models (role models).

Ideally, you have a model for each area you want to be brilliant at,

and to do that, you find models of excellence to test and make into your own.

A model is something you work towards every day — something you continuously iterate and improve —

but it’s worth it because it works for you.

Meaning, you don’t have to start from scratch, you have a framework to build upon.


And if (when) I fail miserably  some days, that’s okay because it’s not one and done —

models are daily practices towards brilliance (and success).



Challenge Accepted: Find Models of Excellence

“In order to grow we must be open to new ideas.. new ways of doing things.. new ways of thinking.” — George Raveling


“If you can’t find a good role model, be one.” — Gale Anne Hurd


“Each person must live their life as a model for others.”  — Rosa Parks



Josh Waggoner

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