Over the past couple of months I've also learnt a lot about myself - what motivates me, what I want to achieve, what I enjoy about my work and the type of people I like to be surrounded by both professionally and personally - I think some of this comes down to me being focused, determined, hard working and believing in myself as well as being influenced by things around me - friends, family, colleagues, media, technology...
It's easy to forget how the things around you can influence you and I've definitely grown to appreciate how powerful it is to be influential and I guess this applies to everyone whether you're a parent, business, leader, friend, spouse or offspring you have the ability to shape someones thoughts, behaviour, perceptions and possibly someone's future (not always in a positive way might I add!).
The american writer Napoleon Hill sums this up very well:
"Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another" (1930)
Take a look at some of my favourite influential people below:
Gabrielle Bonheur ‘Coco’ Chanel
Pioneer of luxurious, sophisticated women’s clothing. From little black dresses to her famous suits, Chanel created timeless pieces that continue to influence women’s fashion today.
Inventor of Coca cola, the world’s best known and influential brand
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni
Archetypal Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer who created the most influential sculptures and frescos in the world, namely the statue of David and The Sistine Chapel
Laid the blueprint for the most successful musical genre of the last 20 years - gangsta rap - and introduced the world to a new production mogul Dr Dre.
|Stephen Spielberg |
More than 25 years after Jaws, Spielberg continues to deliver more big-budget successes than any other director, remaining influential and popular at the same time.
Nesta Robert "Bob" Marley
Marley remains the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music, and is credited with helping spread both Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement to a worldwide audience
Have a great weekend