How reputation and trusted relationship work to make us [re]think

I am a fan of +james altucher. I have not been a fan of Louis CK in the past. However, because I have read a couple of Altucher's books and subscribe to his blog and his newsletter and like the way he thinks, if he writes something thoughtful about Louis CK, I'm more likely to pay attention — even if I don't 'like' Louis CK. I share this for two reasons:

#1 the article made me think. It's still making me think.

#2 to illustrate the power of the trusted relationship to get us to think and remind us that we all have the ability to engender these trusted relationships by building our online #reputation and taking the time and do the work necessary to establish a #thoughtleadership position.

Follow the jump and read Altucher's article and I think you'll see what I mean — a trusted source telling us 'hey, think about this for a moment' can be a powerful force for change and we all have the power to do it! Here's what Altucher has to say about Louis CK and his work:

Laughter has been around since before language. Mammals would use laughter to convey that a situation that they first thought was dangerous, turned out not to be. That rustle in the bushes? It was just a breeze. Not a lion. He points it out. The contradictions in every day life. The contradictions I see in my life. The things that we’re uncomfortable about. Guess what? We don’t have to be. Here are some of his thoughts. And below are some of my interpretations.

Before I give a talk, I listen to Louis CK. Before an interview. Before I write. Before I see my kids.

Originally posted to Google+ here.