None of us can operate in a vacuum. We learn and grow from our experiences and are influenced by the people we surround ourselves with. I was once told that if you found out who someone's five best friends are, you will know who they are before you met them. I’ve been fortunate in my life and career to be surrounded by some of the most unique, hardworking and innovative people —and I really believe that it is true: you should surround yourself with people who are going to push you to greatness.

With the amount of time we spend on social media —from LinkedIn to Instagram and everywhere in between— I think following (surrounding ourselves) with innovative and inspirational people on social media can have the same quality impact. That said, here are a few of my favorites …

#1. Bill Belichick

Not a huge social media user on his personal accounts, Bill Belichick still keeps us inspired through the Bill Belichick Foundation on Instagram. Whether you’re a sports fan or not, you’ll find some great stuff here.

#2. Jeff Weiner

As the CEO of LinkedIn, Jeff shares some great articles on his personal LinkedIn page and publishes his own content quite frequently. From business to leadership, there’s lots of great content here.

#3. Elon Musk

A crazy innovator trying to make big changes, Elon has a strong presence on both Instagram and Twitter. These accounts are great ways to keep up with all the fun stuff he’s working on.

#5. Steve Jobs

This wouldn’t be a complete list without mention of Steve Jobs and all the wonderful things he did in his lifetime. While there are no active accounts bearing his name, the Apple Instagram page frequently reminds us of their founder.

#6. Neil Patel

An innovator in the marketing space, Neil has been recognized as a top web influencer by a number of publications. He’s also the co-founder of KISSmetrics, Crazy Egg, and Hello Bar. His Twitter account is a great one to follow.

#7. Gary Vaynerchuk

Known by his followers as “GaryVee”, this guy tells it like it is and takes no prisoners. His Instagram is filled with inspirational content, and his Twitter is fast-moving with tips on everything from marketing to wine.  

#8. Grant Cardone

Arguably one of the biggest entrepreneur influencers online, Grant’s Instagram is filled with short video clips and quotes to keep you inspired in your daily life and business adventures.

These are just a few that give me energy when I read what they say. The key is also to surround yourself with people in your everyday life that deliver that same experience. I was fortunate to have a father and a mother that I get that same experience from. They have taught me so much throughout all the phases of my life.  I know we all spend our lives pursuing our own identity, but never forget that we get amazing gifts from those who we connect with in each and every moment of our lives.

Who are some of the inspirational and innovative people you follow on social media? Or, who has been a great inspiration to you that DOESN’T have social media? Share your “top list” in the comments below!