“If you want to achieve success, all you need to do is find a way to model those who have already succeeded.” – Tony Robbins
If we want to change our life there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. We can speed up our progress immensely if we focus on the people who have already done what we want to do and start thinking and acting like them.
To get this new year started I thought I’d share with you the people I’m looking to model this year. I read a ton of blogs but only a certain few sticks out by always delivering top quality stuff you simply can’t ignore.
These are the people that in many ways have become my online mentors in their respective fields and I know you’ll love what they’re building. Plus, it’s about time I gave these amazing folks the credit they deserve. 🙂
So, without further ado, I give you…
15 Bloggers You Need In Your Life In 2014
Scott Dinsmore, Live Your Legend
On January 7th 2014 the Live Your Legend community held their first global meet-ups with arrangements in no less than 142 cities in 44 countries. All over the world people came together to connect, share ideas and help each other out in the quest for changing the world by doing work that you love.
Sound inspiring? Check out Live Your Legend Local to find out when the next meet-up is arranged in your town. Also make sure to check out Scott’s:
- TEDx talk on how to find and do work you love
- The One Thing You Must Do the Moment You Quit or Get Fired (Purpose Finding 101)
- Free Passionate Work Toolkit
- The Live Off Your Passion Course
Barrie Davenport, Live Bold & Bloom
Barrie is a certified Life Passion Coach and my go-to expert when it comes to passion, purpose and personal calling. She’s constantly publishing awesome advice that prompts the questions you need to ask yourself to find your personal passion in life.
I enjoy Barrie’s stuff as it’s always beautifully written, inspiring and (maybe most importantly) actionable.
If you’re trying to uncover your life passion her stuff is essential reading.
Check out Barrie’s work and you’ll know what I mean:
- 50 Things To Stop Doing Forever
- 25 Best Self-Improvement Blog Posts Of 2013
- The Free Bold Living Starter Kit
- Simple Self-Confidence – 30 Days to Personal Empowerment
- The Path To Passion Course
Henri Junttila, Wake Up Cloud
Henri’s unique approach somehow speeds up your progress while at the same time keeping you calm. He makes you take action like crazy while at the same time embracing the obstacles that pop up along the way.
Without Henri’s help, there is a good chance you wouldn’t be reading this blog right now.
Check out Henri’s:
- Ultimate Guide to Following Your Heart
- 20 Essential Habits of Highly Passionate People
- How to Write Nonfiction eBooks: A Proven 17-Step Plan for Beginners
- How I Made Over $100,000 Online Doing What I Love
- The Lifestyle Liberation Academy Community
Henrik Edberg, The Positivity Blog
As a writer Henrik is a great inspiration by his way with words and his simplistic style makes reading a pleasure.
If you like powerful and actionable advice that a is a joy to read, The Positivity Blog is definitely the place to be.
Have a look at Henrik’s stuff and you’ll know what I mean:
- 7 Common Habits of Unhappy People
- Do You Make These 10 Mistakes in a Conversation?
- 18 Ways to Improve Your Body Language
- 25 Simple Ways to Motivate Yourself
- The Invincible Summer – A Course in Optimism
Derek Halpern, Social Triggers
Either way, Derek’s material is awesome for understanding how the human mind works and how we can have greater influence in the world.
It doesn’t hurt that the Social Triggers videos are as funny as they are informational either. You’ll know what I mean when you have a look at Derek’s work:
- How to Stop Being So Busy
- How to Be Confident
- Social Triggers Insider
- Social Triggers TV
- Blog That Converts
Jeremy Dean, PsyBlog
If you’re interested in understanding how your mind works, PsyBlog is simply mandatory reading.
Psychologist Jeremy Dean deciphers psychological research and makes everything from classical findings to contemporary research easy to understand and applicable into your own life.
Jeremy is extremely knowledgable and continuously let’s his readers know what’s new in psychology.
To get an idea, check out these posts:
- Why We do Dumb or Irrational Things: 10 Brilliant Social Psychology Studies
- How Thinking Works: 10 Brilliant Psychology Studies Everyone Should Know
- 10 Simple Postures That Boost Performance
- 6 Easy Steps to Falling Asleep Fast
- Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes that Stick
Tess Marshall, The Bold Life
She is all about boldness and through her courage coaching she helps people move beyond fear to find success, happiness, confidence and fun.
If you like personal writing with tons of great ideas you need to check out The Bold Life:
- 15 Best Overcome Fear Blog Posts of 2013
- 17 Small Powerful Habits for an Amazing New Year
- Every Bold Act Counts: 17 Tips to Get Your Courage On
- 30 Days of Bold
Navid Moazzez, NavidMoazzez.com
If you’re at all interested in lifestyle business, entrepreneurship, branding and/or blogging you NEED to read Navid’s blog .
When it comes to taking massive action, Navid is hands down the undisputed champ. Despite having a pretty much brand new blog he’s already made a name for himself by constantly producing massively helpful material.
Navid is all about top notch quality (some of his posts are pretty much full blown courses) and his writing is super inspiring and action based (me like):
- Interview with Pat Flynn of The Smart Passive Income Blog
- Turning the ‘Worst Year Ever’ Into Personal Growth – My Journey 2013!
- 3 Steps to Live An Extraordinary Life On Your Own Terms
- 7 Steps to Location Independence (My Journey to Freedom)
Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project
What Gretchen has created is an awesome blend of research on happiness, personal experience, captivating stories, readers contributions and more.
The Happiness Project is no longer just the name of her blog and book but a movement. Today, people join in and discuss their happiness projects all over the world:
- Join a Happiness Project group in your hometown
- 10 Myths about Happiness — Which Do You Believe?
- Happiness Project Free Downloads
- The Happiness Project and Happier at Home.
Jeff Goins, GoinsWriter.com
If you enjoy writing but would like to get better at it, GoinsWriter.com is the place to be.
Jeff knew he had a passion for writing but as much as he would’ve loved to call himself a writer he didn’t feel like he had the credentials to do so. Then a friend told him “You are already a writer, you just need to write”.
Since then, Jeff’s blog has exploded and continues to grow as he keeps publishing amazing stuff on the art of writing, how to get published and what it takes to pursue your passion.
Get on Jeff’s blog so that you don’t miss out on stuff like:
- Stop Waiting to Be Picked
- Why Your Work Never Feels Good Enough
- The Secret to Effortless Writing
- Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life
- Tribe Writers: An Online Course to Help You Find the Audience Your Writing Deserves
Robin Sharma, RobinSharma.com
If you’re at all interested in leadership and personal development you’re probably familiar with Robin’s work. As one of the worlds most trusted leadership advisors he has worked with huge companies like Starbucks, GE, Coca-Cola, IBM, Microsoft, Yale University and many, many more.
Whether or not you’ve read Robin’s material before you have to check out his blog. It’s jam packed with thought-provoking and inspiring advice and you can tell Robin works on his craft because it always keeps getting even better (some of his latest videos are pure dynamite):
- The First Day of Your Best Life
- How To Make This New Year Your Best Year Yet
- Robin’s 73 Best Business and Success Lessons
- 60 Tips For A Stunningly Great Life
- Masterclass: Your Absolute Best Year Yet
Chris Guillebeau, The Art of Non-Conformity
When it comes to living life to the fullest, Chris is such a huge inspiration it’s ridiculous. Last year he visited about 15 countries and in doing so completed his journey to every country in the world.
If you want to change the world while living a life on your own terms, now is the time to join Chris movement.
- Manifesto: A Brief Guide to World Domination
- Why You Should Quit Your Job and Travel Around the World
- The $100 Startup
- Practical Resources for World Domination: Unconventional Guides
Leo Babauta, Zen Habits
I’m a longtime reader and huge fan of Zen Habits. Whenever Leo puts up something new I know it’s always going to be worthwhile to check it out.
Zen Habits breathes calm and simplicity. Everything from the way Leo writes to the simplistic design makes it an awesome reading experience.
If you’re often stressed out and feel like you’re not mindfully enjoying life you need to check out Leo’s stuff:
- A Brief Guide to Life
- The Best Goal Is No Goal
- The Zen Habits Sea Change Program
- Simple Fitness Habit
Steve Pavlina, StevePavlina.com
When it comes to personal development, Steve Pavlina is a true legend. I’ve been reading his stuff for years now and he never stops producing great self improvement material.
If you’re at all interested in personal growth, Steve’s blog would be my number one suggestion for you to check out. He covers pretty much every topic you could be interested in ranging from career, entrepreneurship, productivity, goal-setting, health, self-discipline to the law of attraction, lucid dreaming and much, much more.
To get a taste, have a look at:
- 10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job
- How to Discover Your Life Purpose in About 20 Minutes
- How to Decide When to End a Long-term Relationship
- 30 Days to Success
- Personal Development for Smart People: The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth
Pat Flynn, Smart Passive Income
Unarguably the nicest, most honest and transparent person in online business today, Pat Flynn continuously provides material that is worth its weight in gold.
If you’re interested in business, entrepreneurship, marketing and so on you simply have to check out Pat’s stuff. In fact, I’d recommend his stuff even if you don’t have the slightest interest in business because his advice is so good it can be applicable to all walks of life.
Following his own “Be Everywhere” strategy Pat has extremely helpful material in all kind of mediums:
And there you have them! I hope you’ve found some new inspirational people to tune in and learn from. If you want to follow several (or why not all) of them you might want to check out feedly to keep them all the same place.
Before you go I have to things to ask of you:
- Email this list to a friend who’d like it!
- Who did I miss? If you know an amazing blogger that you think should’ve been on this list, let me know in the comments.
I’d like to personally thank all the people featured in this post for constantly putting out great work, inspiring and teaching me in your area of expertise. Thank you! And here’s to making 2014 the best year ever! 🙂