TheExecutive has this thing about not meeting your idols. If that doesn’t make sense to you yet, it’s just something to think about.

It’s really easy to let people embody the ideas you believe in and I think it might be because it sets you up with escape clause you can always invoke. It’s much harder to accept that the responsibility, and even the belief, exists entirely within yourself.

It’s easy to let another person’s passion for an idea embody the strength of it itself and become hopelessly disillusioned if the two ever get muddled. It’s even easier to let the attention of others be the barometer of how you feel about yourself, forgetting that you’re staying the same, only the notice fluctuates.

The only thing that will never let you down are ideas and yourself. Just something to keep in mind.

Written by Ryan Holiday
Ryan Holiday is the bestselling author of Trust Me, I’m Lying, The Obstacle Is The Way, Ego Is The Enemy, and other books about marketing, culture, and the human condition. His work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared everywhere from the Columbia Journalism Review to Fast Company. His company, Brass Check, has advised companies such as Google, TASER, and Complex, as well as Grammy Award winning musicians and some of the biggest authors in the world. He lives in Austin, Texas.