Over the years I've been influenced by a number of remarkable people who have done amazing things.
Some: the writers, the singers, the artistes, have powered into my psyche by saying or writing words which have resonated with me on a personal level, reflecting some aspect of my life back at me, as if they were speaking just to me. Songs written for armies of other people have felt like they were MY song when a few select words have echoed a thought or a feeling that I've had.
Others: actors and actresses, have sandblasted their way through my tougher exterior and melted my inner thoughts and challenges, leading a way for me to follow.
Others still: seemingly random things that someone does or says, and which have a profound impact on how I think, feel, relate.
I think we all have these.
What's important it's what we do with them - that we stop and take a moment to listen to the message they are telling us, take in what their story has to share with us, understand their truth and how it can lead us to better things.
It's also really important, where possible, that we let these inspiring people know what impact they have had on us, how something that they have done has imparted knowledge or truth or feelings for us. If you get an opportunity to do so, let someone know that what they have said or done has had an impact on your life.
Meet and connect with your heroes and heroines where you can - go to a book signing, wait at the stage door after a show, message or tweet them to let them know their impact.
Then go out there and aim to be a positive influence in someone else's life yourself.
Meet your heroes - let them know what they have meant to you. Then go out and be one.
Onwards and upwards!