That title is somewhat misleading. I don’t want this to come across as ‘use people to get where you want to be’ type post. That’s not what this is about, and anyone who does that is, in the words of Will Wheaton, a ‘Dick’.
As everyone is no doubt aware, my interests lie in a) hitting and kicking and locking and throwing people b) using swords to hit people c) writing d) editing.
A lot of the time I’ve had to do all of those on my own, and it can be very lonely and very hard to continue to get myself off the sofa after a shitty/long/long & shitty day and do them. However, if you have a martial arts instructor like Paul Drury, or see a talk by an author such as Philip Reeve, or go to a concert with someone like Mr. B. the Gentleman Rhymer, you can’t help but be inspired by them.
Just watch Will Wheaton at work on his show Tabletop, he makes me want to run out and buy every damn game they play! Have a listen to Mr. B, a top diesel punk chap hopper (the original Chap Hopper actually :)) and you can see just how enthusiastic they are.
These people have a clear love for their art and it’s infectious. Enthusiasm rubs off on you, in a positive way. If you surround yourself with people who are enthusiastic, who enjoy what they do, you can’t help but be carried along on their wave of enthusiasm and passion. You’ll be come enthusiastic and passionate, and they’ll feed off you as well. It’s a give-give relationship.
If you surround yourself with negative people, they’ll drag you down faster than a leviathan. They’ll suck the passion from you like faster than a vegetarian Vampire falling off the wagon. They’re toxic. It’s a give-take turning into take-take relationship, an ever increasingly destructive cycle.As the title of this short post suggests, if you want to get further in life, surround yourself with people who inspire you. And ditch the people who drag you down.