“Who would be your fantasy dinner party guests and why?” is a question I’ve been asked in a number of interviews.

It (along with the book Choose Yourself! by James Altucher) recently inspired me to publish a blog about ten living people who’ve influenced my life. These are all people I’d love to hang out with, but haven’t yet met.

When I say it was a blog about ten people, I actually only included five. The other five are featured here.

This is not a definitive list and it is in no specific order.

Seth Godin

“Being noticed is not the same as being remarkable. Running down the street naked will get you noticed, but it won’t accomplish much.”

Seth Godin

Seth Godin is the bestselling author of 18 books that have been translated into more than 35 languages. He specialises in a number of things, but one of them is the way ideas spread. As someone trying to share a message of how we can all be in control of our own physical and mental health this is something I am always trying to learn about.

Think about it. It doesn’t matter how good or important an idea is if nobody knows about it.

James Colquhoun

Have you seem the documentaries Food Matters or Hungry for Change? Maybe you subscribe to FMTV (like Netflix for health films)? Well James Colquhoun and his partner Laurentine ten Bosch are the team behind both films and FMTV. I love the work they continue to do by providing fresh content and a platform that enables people to learn ways to get and stay healthy.

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KRS-One

I first heard the lyrics of KRS-One back in 1987…

“you seem to be the type that only understand
the annihilation and destruction of the next man
that’s not poetry, that is insanity”

There was something about the words in that song, Poetry by Boogie Down Productions that grabbed my attention and it was a theme that would be continued in countless other songs. The lyrics of KRS-One have provided many lessons in my life, especially on the album Edutainment where KRS-One shared about topics as diverse as drug dealing and industrial meat production.

I guess there is a good reason his name stands for “Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone”.

Michael Pollan

I love the way Michael Pollan writes about food. His approach is pretty simple and centres on home cooking from basic ingredients. In fact, he is the man behind one of my favourite ever quotes about food…

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

The only word I would add to this is real. As in, eat REAL food. Processed food isn’t really food anymore, it is a food-like product.

James Altucher

I had to include James Altucher in this list, not least because it was the books that he and his wife Claudia have written that inspired me to put the list together.

One of the things I love about Jame Altucher’s work is his focus on self-acceptance. He shares some important truths, like that fact that there is nobody you need to impress.

So many people have a need for acceptance. In Choose Yourself, James writes:
“We’re taught at an early age that we’re not good enough. That someone else has to choose us in order for us to be…what? Blessed? Rich? Certified? Legitimized? Educated? Partnership material?”

In other words, if you have a need for other people of choose you it is not your fault. You have been conditioned to be this way. The path to true happiness begins when you choose yourself.

“if you don’t make courageous choices for yourself, nobody else will.”

James Altucher

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