29 Jul 12
Seth’s speeches and writings have had a great deal of influence on me over the last few years and this Monday, my little sister will meet a man who has changed my life even though he and I have never met.
I suppose this illustrates the beauty and danger of influence.
Dictionary.com defines influence as follows:
the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of others:
Influence can have a subtle ripple effect on our lives.
That ripple effect can be good…
That ripple effect can be bad…
Regardless of it’s nature…influence is produced by each and every one of us.
So my question to you is this:
What type of influence do you produce?
For those of you who think this may not be a relevant question because you don’t feel like you have a large span of influence…you may want to reconsider.
Oh…and for those of you who still avoid social media, count the business and personal contacts in your smart phone. You have influence.
I am the oldest of six children and as a child my mom always talked to me about the importance of being a positive influence on my younger siblings. As a teenager I felt like these talks were just another clever technique my parents used to ensure I did what they wanted me to do.
Now as an adult…I really get it.
…and if I could go back in time there are some things I would and wouldn’t do…because of the influence it either did or did not produce for my brothers and sisters.
So no matter how large or small your circle of influence may be, think of those closest to you when you ask…
What type of influence do I produce?
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