People are spending an enormous amount of time each day checking social media. A recent study showed teens are spending as much as nine hours a day, and the average person is spending roughly two hours.

In today's fast-paced, content-saturated world, who you choose to follow is massively important to your development as a professional.

Instead of trying to change your behavior by checking social media less, you'll be better served to take a lesson from Tony Robbins: "Who you spend your time with is who you become." If you are spending two-plus hours online, people you follow online are influencing you, whether you like it or not.

Here are 10 thought leaders you must be following online in order to be more successful:

Dave Ramsey

Dave made millions in his 20s and proceeded to go broke. He clawed his way back to the top by starting a radio show in Nashville. It's now called The Dave Ramsey Show and it reaches over 10 million people weekly. He is just a wealth of wisdom and knowledge.

Here's just a sampling of my favorite lessons from Ramsey:

"Success is a pile of failures you're standing on top of, instead of underneath."

"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you are right."

"The most powerful thing humans have at their disposal is the ability to choose."

Christy Wright

Christy is an amazing woman who works under the tutelage of Dave Ramsey. She brings an inspiring message and voice to people everywhere. Her brand new book, Business Boutique, is extremely well done.

She's a model for work-life balance, inspiring thousands of people to take control of their family and business life so they can work together instead of against each other.

Jon Gordon

Jon is the author of 17 books and his latest, The Power of Positive Leadership, is outstanding. He really should just be called the "positivity guy." I know with 100 percent certainty that this world needs more optimism and positivity. Jon helps leaders and organizations find just this every single day.

"Great leaders see greatness in others." --Jon Gordon

Gary Vaynerchuk

The love-hate relationship I have with Gary is real. Every time I think I am going to start ignoring him, he delivers insight or content that stretches my thinking and motivates me to hustle harder. He is a bit aggressive at times (OK, all the time) but it's his style, and I appreciate his authenticity.

Notable Vaynerchuk insights:

"If you are good enough, no one is stopping you."

"Nothing valuable comes quick."

"The journey is everything."

Lolly Daskal

Lolly has dedicated her life's work to leadership development and executive coaching. Her brand new book, The Leadership Gap goes a level deeper than most writers are willing to go. As she says, "we are here to be our most valuable."

Seth Godin

Seth is the godfather of modern day marketing, author of 17 books, and one of the smartest men I have ever heard speak. Godin is an incredible encourager and motivator for everyone to add value to the world.

Godin gems:

"Keep making a ruckus, it matters."

"Being aware of your fear is smart. Overcoming it is the mark of a successful person."

Tim Ferriss

Tim is called the "Opera of Audio," and his podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show, has reached over 80 million people. He burst on the scene with his book The 4-Hour Work Week and has gone on to publish three more. Ferriss covers a wide range of topics, so no matter what you're passionate about, he has covered it and covered it well.

Simon Sinek

Simon became well-known for his "Three Golden Circles" TED Talk and hasn't slowed down. He is constantly stretching people's thinking about leadership, organizational structure, and busting myths about Millennials. My biggest takeaway from Simon is, "Leaders aren't responsible for the results. They are responsible for the people who are responsible for the results."

Carson Tate

Carson might be the least known on the list, but she is fantastic. She is an expert when it comes to productivity at work and at home. She is a brilliant teacher and inspiration to professionals everywhere. She's best known for her personalized approach to productivity called "Work Smarter, Not Harder."

Tony Robbins

Tony is the man who really modernized the thought leader. His books and programs have motivated, inspired, and changed millions of lives. He has written four best-selling books and, at age 57, feels like he is just getting started. While some people don't love his approach or style, it's hard to argue with the results and passionate fan base he attracts around the globe. One of my favorite Tony quotes:

"If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten."

The Single Most Important Ingredient for Success
Published on: May 24, 2017