"Just as you have a familial genealogy, you also have a genealogy of ideas. You don't get to pick your family, but you can pick your teachers and you can pick your friends and music you listen to and you can pick the books you read and you can pick the movies you see.... You are the sum of your influences. The German writer Goethe said, 'We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.'
The artist is a collector....You're only going to be as good as the stuff you surround yourself with....
Your job is to collect good ideas. The more good ideas you collect, the more you can choose from to be influenced by."
- Austin Kleon, Steal Like An Artist
In other words, garbage in, garbage out. As Paul put it, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things" (Philippians 4:8).
Food for thought: What are you allowing to influence your life and work???