Very often, we get sucked by popular culture, organized religion and our insecurities into putting certain people in our lives on pedestals.

The problem with this is, is that the moment you make someone a ‘celebrity’ of sorts in your life, you become that person’s fan. You establish an unhealthy dynamic in which that ‘celebrity’ can wield an unusual amount of influence in your life and limit your own agency.

Now, I am not saying you shouldn’t admire certain people who impress you. However, don’t let that admiration paralyze you from writing your book or creating your product. Waiting for validation from people we admire is why we have so many copycats and very few breakaway successes in life.

As Steve Jobs once said, “When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it… Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”

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