There are many people with interesting ideas, views, and thoughts from which I gladly learn.
Then there is a smaller group of people: My brain crushes. These are people that have minds that I cannot get enough of. Where what they say sparks wonder in me, as to how they got to that.
Where how they think teaches me more than what they think.
I cultivate my brain crushes. I take note of who they were influenced by. And who they influenced.
In certain settings, I lead with: "These are my brain crushes, which are yours?". When we find overlap, I know I am in for finding a new crush.