Do an inventory of the people in your life—your friends, family and colleagues. Do they reflect who you are, your values and purpose? Do they share your values, support your passions and encourage you to grow as a person? Did you hand-pick them, or are they there by happenstance?
When Gina Amaro Rudan quit her job to start her own business, she realized that she needed other risk-takers in her life. So she made a “genius wish list” of 25 people whose stories intrigued her—people who could inspire her or make her smarter. Then she asked each of them for a conversation.
Each successful conversation built her confidence. Gradually, she spoke with everyone on her list.
What surprises her now is that more than half the people on her genius wish list are now a part of her life.
Who’s on your genius wish list?
— Adapted from Practical Genius, Gina Amaro Rudan.