I don't know if you've noticed this but I like to think. And I like to think that other people like to think too.
Yet, to be honest, it
wasn’t always this way. It’s true that as far back as I can recall I have been
lost in my thoughts. And that was my preferred hang out. Quite comfortable.
Quite safe. Quite inside my own box.
For many of those early years, I was so
stuck in my own head there was no one but myself to expand my thinking. In
other words, my thinking was like a hamster on a wheel: exercising, but getting
This is why I am sometimes prone to narrow thinking. And because I’m
aware of that, it’s also why narrow thinking makes me claustrophobic. I need to
give my head a shake every now and again. We all do. But do we?
challenges without the influence of great thinkers and their wisdom. This is
why I believe we need thought-leaders. Thought-leaders with credentials. Think
about this. When I reflect on those first influences who planted seeds that
actually grew into thoughts, I realize something about myself with complete
clarity: I used to be an idiot. (And I still have a way to go.) In fact,
considering those early thought-leaders, it’s a wonder I can think at all:
2. My cousin who liked to boil frogs.
3. A kid at school who made
Other than the Swedish Chef, a tad feeble. (And I'm surprised I didn't become a terrorist.) But that was then and this is now and that’s my message: it’s never too late to
be influenced by great thinkers and even become one yourself. I am in awe of
all the people who make me think now. Every day. My hamster has finally left
So...I’m wondering if you’re wondering too. Who are the
thought-leaders in your life?