Interesting one, this. Cece Lee was tagged for a meme on Your Biggest Influencers and, in turn, tagged me.
It’s a funny thing, and I don’t want to come across as weird (or, at least, more weird than I already am), but I honestly don’t think I’m influenced by anyone. Really, I’ve tried hard to think about this one. My parents generally left me to make my own decisions in life, mainly because, as a recalcitrant teenager, they couldn’t persuade me either way anyway. I value my friends’ opinions obviously, but we don’t generally talk about anything influence-worthy. We are men after all, and communicate in a language of gestures and grunts. My partner’s opinion is obviously very important but is she influential? Again, like my parents, she will advise but doesn’t seek to influence. Probably for the same reason my parents eventually gave up.
I think I’m more influenced by my own instinctive, gut reactions. I recently had to make big decisions about my professional life and, whereas I took advice from confidantes, at the end of the day the decision was based on what I felt to be right.
I hope I don’t come across as a hard-nosed, isolated individual here. Just to prove I’m not totally alone, I’m going to tag three people with whom I’ve had contact via this blog: Ike Pigott, KD Paine, and Jeremy Pepper. Let’s see what they say.