Influences

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Whenever I'm talking to a group about careers and future planning, I ask the participants to list the people and things who have influenced them. It can be very useful to build a list and look at the themes that emerge. These are some of the people and things that have had an effect on me - the majority for the good, one or two not so positive. The only personal ones are the first and the last.

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Influences

  1. INFLUENCES
  2. LIKES LOVES HATES
  3. My childhood home - there’s something very reassuring about growing up with 6 feet of granite between you and the world …
  4. I like words - a lot
  5. Tea and …
  6. Colour
  7. Tiny minds fascinate me
  8. JK Rowling - cleverer even than Hermione
  9. J, P, G & R - music to gladden your heart
  10. George Carlin - no bifocals required
  11. Twain
  12. Henry Rollins - auto-didact, brilliant speaker
  13. Nelson Mandela - moral authority personified
  14. For anyone who likes words - listen to the way this lady speaks her words
  15. The other Cat in The Hat
  16. Stunning script by William Goldman plus the best kick in the balls in cinematic history
  17. Great lyrics, great speaker and a good egg to boot
  18. He epitomised the benefits of education
  19. Naomi Klein - in a word, clarity
  20. Mr Drucker
  21. The founder of modern psychology
  22. Trudeau always makes me smile
  23. Adams always makes me wince
  24. Jane Austen - world class seditionist
  25. I love the way Dr Seuss gets inside tiny heads
  26. Magical times with my little monkeys
  27. Stop interrupting me!
  28. The best school reunion movie ever
  29. You can’t buy style
  30. … or class
  31. I don’t require unqualified love from animals
  32. Genius film-maker
  33. Lunatic film-maker
  34. Held up a very disconcerting mirror
  35. Lovable know-it-all
  36. Swirling, re-readable writing
  37. Soundtrack of my teens
  38. Joss Whedon’s marvellous creation
  39. Dr. T
  40. Haranguer-in-chief
  41. Charming sociopath or righteous dude? Either way, great movie!
  42. Manages to make my family look like The Waltons
  43. Sideways humour
  44. Sarah McLachlan - Angel and Blackbird alone give me chills
  45. What an unimaginably dull world this would be without stinky cheese
  46. Happy childhood Saturday mornings
  47. Success without assholism
  48. Philanthropist and reading evangelist
  49. Mr Knopfler’s magical fingers
  50. Poetic, balletic, chop-sockey
  51. Wry, whimsical, observant comedy
  52. Noticer- in-chief
  53. Dylan Moran - jawdropping wordsmith
  54. My beloved Opus - sleep well old friend
  55. Provocative, intelligent, funny - what’s not to love?
  56. Epically brilliant
  57. Because I don’t tolerate back-chat from the tools I use
  58. Language, imagery, sound
  59. Kurt Vonnegut - master of the well-heeled phrase
  60. So counter-intuitive - the most depressing lyrics combined with the most uplifting melodies
  61. Where is Bill when we need him most?
  62. Rosa
  63. My reasons for breathing
  64. INFLUENCES by Rowan Manahan © Fortify Services 1993 - 2008 fortifyservices.blogspot.com

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