Even as adults, many of us have people that we look to for inspiration; as an example for a way to live our lives. If you reflect back upon your formative years as an artist, I'm sure you can rattle off half a dozen names that got your juices flowing; that made you want to do it.
Those influences (in my case, Def Leppard, Rush, The Beatles & Crowded House) are extremely important, but I'm talking about the folks that inspire you right now. The people that are doing the things that you want to do, that are living in a way that you want to live.
I'm going to list three names. Oddly, none of them are musicians.
Why are these three my biggest role models? What do they have in common?
- All three of these writers blog just about everyday. And it's not crap blogging either. It's useful advice, written well and often highly entertaining.
- Go ahead and look at Leo's website. Notice something? It's completely clutter free and devoid of flashing "buy my book!" widgets. All three writers give and give and give some more to their readers, without asking for much in return. Do Leo, Seth and Chuck have books to sell you? Absolutely, but they aren't in your face about it. When their new posts come up in my feed reader, I always read them. Why? Because I know that it's going to be useful and entertaining and not some bullshit, hack post trying to lure me to buy something. And you know what? I've purchased books from all three of these guys. Coincidence?
- Even though they create a lot of material, they never post crap. Ever.
- Because they consistently release quality material that helps their audience, all three of these writers have helped to foster a community around their work. Every time that Chuck publishes a new piece, a spirited discussion always breaks out in the comments. As a reader, this adds to the value of every post that he writes.
These are qualities that I'd like to infuse into my own work. How about you?
Who are your current role models?
Let me know by responding in the comments below.
Have a great week!