Surround yourself with people who give you energy

When John Winsor talks I usually listen

Yesterday I had yet another invigorating conversation with John Winsor, founder or Victor & Spoils, committed co-creationist, and author of Flipped.

John and I seem to feed off of one another’s passion and ideas.  We rarely have a conversation that doesn’t leave us each energized and thinking about new possibilities.

In fact, John called when I was at mile 45 of a 60-mile ride. I usually don’t take calls from anyone but my wife or kids when I’m screaming along a country road. But when my mobile screen said it was John on the line, I pulled over, unclipped and welcomed the interruption.

As far as I’m concerned there are only two kinds of people in business: those you want to avoid, and those with whom you want to surround yourself.  The former sucks energy out of you by complaining, criticizing and making excuses.  The latter infuses your imagination with fresh thinking, interesting ideas, and a contagious enthusiasm for what’s possible.

John ranks high among the latter. While he has chosen to leave the traditional advertising agency environment in an attempt to invent the new one, he rarely wastes time condemning the past, instead celebrating the potential of what’s next.  He may be determined to change the business from outside a mainstream agency, but he never fails to encourage my efforts to change it from within.  He gleefully shares his plans, solicits mine, and turns every conversation into a productive exchange about how to do things better.

Ten minutes without pedaling should have slowed my heart rate significantly.  Instead, after listening to John’s excitement about his newest investor, the continued momentum of Victors & Spoils, and the knowledge he’d gathered about crowdsourcing platforms and co-creation technology (which, by the way he willingly agreed to send me in support of a project I’m trying to get underway) I found myself even more pumped up.

I think one of the greatest things about the new digital platforms that let us connect, share, discover and expand our tribes is that we can find sources of inspiration anywhere.

If the person in the cubicle next to you is a downer, if the colleague across the lunch table likes to complain, blow them off.  Get out here among the passionate, energized, enthusiastic people who believe the possibilities are endless.  You can always start with @jtwinsor.

Who injects you with energy and ideas?  Introduce me to him or her.

11 comments
Emily
Emily

Edward to your point, isn't this one of the great aspects of Twitter?
Allowing us to follow people who inspire us, learn from and eventually through trust, develop a dialogue with to share and respond to ideas?
In a future post that I'm developing: The Social Mentor, the days of a traditional mentor or are few and far between. But through platforms such as Twitter, we're able to assemble our own group of mentors at any given time and learn a lot more quickly. For me personally following you, and others such as Ben and Tim Malbon, Bud and Mike from UnderCurrent, and several others have been invaluable.

John Winsor
John Winsor

Thanks so much, Edward. The feeling is mutual. I just love our conversations. I always feel like, in this emerging age of abundance, the more you give the more you get.

I look forward to many more inspiring conversations.

Jeff Shattuck
Jeff Shattuck

Who inspires and energizes me with ideas? Probably the main person is my Dad, especially because I actually get to talk to him!

From afar (note, I'm keeping this among the living), I'm inspired by Jill Bolte Taylor, who lived to tell the tale of her stroke in one of the greatest Ted talks I have ever seen; Jeff Bezos, who runs a company I deeply admire on so many levels; Warren Buffet, who, well, you know; Ethan Diamond, who founded bandcamp, the best place for independent musicians to post their music on the Web; Richard Hitchens, who, with wisdom and humor, points out religion's failings; Keith Richards, who's mantra is "five strings, two fingers, one *hole" and is simply the guitar player I most admire; and Clive James, who's book Cultural Amnesia is currently blowing my mind. There are more, but I'm taking up to much space!

Thas
Thas

"I get by with a little help from my friends,
Gonna try with a little help from my friends.."

Cliche as I sound, that Beatles song really did say it best. Surrounding your self with good, positive energy that pushes you to do more is the healthiest thing we as creative professionals can do. Your friendship with John is awesome, thanks for sharing.

All you guys inspire me everyday--so much so to take my own leap of faith and challenge the world on my terms.
.-= Thas ´s last blog ..Leap before you look… =-.

Susan Milligan
Susan Milligan

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Hello Edward, In answer to your question - Who injects you with energy and ideas? Introduce me to him or her.- Let me introduce you to a man with unbounded enthusiasm, Eddie Izzard. An incredibly tenacious man who can reinvent and adapt and move forward. A British comedian and stand up, and marathon runner, a fund raiser, and actor, and anything else he sets his mind to do. He talks about it for a SECOND and then gets busy DOING it. "Believe" just out about his life.

http://www.eddieizzardbelieve.com/press.html
www.eddieizzard.com
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0412850/

He inspires the bejeebers out of me.
Thanks for asking.
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Mike Scheiner
Mike Scheiner

Edward to your point, isn't this one of the great aspects of Twitter?
Allowing us to follow people who inspire us, learn from and eventually through trust, develop a dialogue with to share and respond to ideas?
In a future post that I'm developing: The Social Mentor, the days of a traditional mentor or are few and far between. But through platforms such as Twitter, we're able to assemble our own group of mentors at any given time and learn a lot more quickly. For me personally following you, and others such as Ben and Tim Malbon, Bud and Mike from UnderCurrent, and several others have been invaluable.