Heroes, idols, models; whatever you call them we all have people who have influenced us professionally and shaped what we do. For many teachers heroes are the purveyors of inspirational teaching they experienced themselves. For many children heroes are their teachers… but is this a bit inward looking?

International magic star Teller writes of the importance of having heroes outside of your industry:

“Have heroes outside of magic.  Mine are Hitchcock, Poe, Sophocles, Shakespeare, and Bach.  You’re welcome to borrow them, but you must learn to love them yourself for your own reasons.  Then they’ll push you in the right direction…

Love something besides magic, in the arts.  Get inspired by a particular poet, film-maker, sculptor, composer.  You will never be the first Brian Allen Brushwood of magic if you want to be Penn & Teller.  But if you want to be, say, the Salvador Dali of magic, we’ll THERE’S an opening.”

Teller, of Pen & Teller (via Ben Casnocha via Tom Barrett)


Who are your heroes outside of your industry and, more interestingly, how do they influence what you do?


Photo: (cc) Eneas De Troya






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