One of the things that I think tends to get lost in the shuffle in this modern day and age is taking the time to acknowledge the people that helped us or inspired us. They pushed us to be better or forced us to step out of our comfort zones so that we could find out more about ourselves. They are the people that we admired and looked up to as we go on our journey through life. Some of them are close friends and family. Others are the people within our field of business or study that we read and said…I want to do that! They inspire us. This is the beginning on my list…hopefully I will keep it up as I find more and more people that not only help me dive deeper and deeper into my passions, but they challenge me to think big.
Wife and Kids – This is a gimme. They push me through the hard times and celebrate the good times with me. No matter if I succeed or fail, they come running to meet me when I get home at the end of the day!
The members and other coaches at my home gym – After my own family, they are the one’s the help me keep pushing through. There are days, you want to throw in the towel and wonder if what you are doing is worth it. These people (all of them, even the “troublemakers”) get me out of bed in the morning…sometimes a lot earlier than I want to get going.
Barbell Shrugged and Barbell Business – These guys have set the bar high. I have to give a unique pat on the back to Chris Moore (aka the Barbell Buddha) as being someone that motivated me to put more time and energy into blogging and podcasting. These guys as a collective though are a great resource for anyone to listen to. They are moving in the right direction and setting the bar higher and higher each day. They teach you the importance of giving information away and growing your value in the market. Thanks for the inspiration!
Lisbeth Darsh – If you don’t know this lady, you need to. She captures so many emotions that we all through in her writing. She doesn’t pull any punches and that is good. She is also the first person, outside my family that I have been able to communicate with to get inspiration. She started the week-long blogging challenge that I recently completed and it just makes each writer more away of how much they love their craft.
Seth Godin – Just go to his blog and sign up to get his daily posts. They are short and they are changing the way that we market. Once you have read his blogs for a while, go get a book or five from him. You will not be disappointed. Start with Tribes if you want to look at leadership from a different perspective.
Gary Vaynerchuk – Super energetic guy that likes to talk about wine and social media. Has some powerful stuff on the “Thank You Economy” that I wish more people understood. This book actually reinforced a lot of what I believed about business and marketing, so it was a nice to hear that I am not all alone.
Zach Even-Esh – This man is all about the hard work and putting in the work. I love reading his emails and they get me fired up. If you are not ready to hustle and work, don’t waste your time. But if you are ready to work and put in the time, then this guy can help keep you on the right path.
That is a pretty good start. Get caught up on these guys and then go out there and crush it! Follow them on twitter, like them on Facebook…whatever it takes so that you start learning from them.