When I was thinking about this, I thought, wow, this sounds like a Tim Ferriss question. Sweet. Turns out, it’s a Tim Ferriss question.
Nevertheless, I think it’s worth exploring.
Companies have boards for a bunch of reasons, but two prominent reasons I can name are (1) the founders don’t know everything and (2) founders can get tunnel vision.
And so it goes with our lives. We’re all just making all of it up, right? We make up rules for ourselves based upon our experiences and desires and sometimes we don’t even follow our own invented rules. Why not look to others for some assistance?
My first three
My first three in are admittedly all white men. The reason for this is that I understand that part of their experience; I don’t have to understand where they came from to understand where they got to.
All three were creatives who synthesized ideas, followed their curiosities and created lasting work.
My next two
This is where I start to bring in some diversity; getting people of different backgrounds is important, I think. Ada Lovelace was an independently thinking woman in a time when that was hugely discouraged. She was involved in an industry — mathematics and computing — that is still, over 150 years later, still largely dominated by men. Not only was she fiercely independent, she was both brave and bold, as well as an autodidact.
George Washington Carver was born into slavery but grew up free. He was discouraged at every turn from even really being part of society, but became a scientist and inventor anyway. He was creative and courageous, and had to fight many uphill battles.
Who would you want offering you direction on how to steer your life toward more greatness?