My Role Models

The road to originality is paved with the inspiration of others.

David Perell

All of us have someone we look up to. In my case, that is several “someones”—professionals who, through their varying capacities, have played a role in my creative journey. Some of the fields they come from are:

  • Writers / Authors
  • Online Creators (Youtubers, Podcasters etc)
  • Photographers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Philosophers
  • Thought Leaders
  • Artists
  • Speakers
  • Conservationists
  • Leaders

And sooooooooo much more….

Mentors like Valmik ThaparGeorge SchallerDavid AttenboroughUllas KaranthDavid YarrowPaul RosolieJK RowlingYuval HarariDavid PerellAli AbdaalTiago ForteJames ClearScott ChristianHamish MackieMark CorethAustin KleonRick Lewis and so, so many more. The funny part is that most of them don’t even know it yet!

Here, I dive deep into why I am inspired by these greats, and what aspects of their work I’m imbibing into my own. Each article is my attempt to distil my highlights from their work, and curate some links to their best work.

This is an ongoing project, continually updated from time to time.

If you know about someone who’s you think I’d enjoy, shoot me an email at If you just want to chat, do the same!

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Published by Ishan Shanavas

I am a young adult, interested in nature, photography, art and culture. An aspiring polymath, I share my learnings through my blog. I also include insights from my favourite books.

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