Business philosopher Jim Rohn famously hypothesized that we are the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with. Like it or not, who we choose associate with and how we spend our time greatly influences who we, in turn, become.
I've seen this principle applied to everything from from careers and salary to fitness and weight loss. In a way, it's easy to dismiss this idea as a fluffy sound bite, but I think it also opens some pretty exciting possibilities (and maybe a few scary realities).
If we can buy into this theory, it certainly makes the case for surrounding ourselves with heroes, mentors and people who excite us.
There's nothing I love more than meeting really incredible women, especially entrepreneurs, artists or those who have found a way to shatter stereotypes, boundaries or expectations. It's truly invigorating to be reminded of what we can achieve... if we just trust our instincts and work our little butts off.
I feel very fortunate to have a pretty amazing network. I have some pretty smart people in my life I can tap for advice, ideas, or at the very least, introductions to other smarties. I've also spent most of my life in buzzing cities where I have access to these personalities.
Chances are, you've probably got some heroes you know in real life too. But what if you're a little stumped on the mentor front?
The solution is pretty simple. Take a minute and think about the people who inspire you and surround yourself with them.
So what if you don't know them in real life? Read their books, read their blogs, read everything you can about them. Watch their performances and speeches on YouTube. Follow their social media accounts. Find out what makes them so fabulous and apply it in your own life.
So, if you want your "5 people" to be Diana Vreeland, Joan Didion, Billie Jean King, Helena Rubinstein and Beyoncé, why not?! Go get them.
It's with that idea in mind that this blog will start featuring even more of our personal heroes. Of course we'll continue with our Style Icon series, but we'll also be adding Muse Mondays where we introduce inspiring women from history as well as Unbuttoned where we will do a little interview with our modern day muses.
I hope you enjoy, and of course if there is anyone you would like to nominate, please let me know. Email me: lindsay at wearvaughan dot com.