Influence…Good or Bad? You Decide Which.


Today, I wanted to share with you a brief introduction that the chief editor of SUCCESS magazine wrote in the recent Influence edition of the magazine.  Darren reminds us of a very important point that I think a lot of us forget sometimes.  We are all influential. 

In our society, we tend to regard people we see on TV with having the most influence.  Maybe this is why people try so hard to get on TV.  We put athletes, politicians, musicians, and entertainers on these really high pedestals of “hero-worship” and then can’t believe it when they make the same mistakes that we do.  Guess what?  They are just people too, just like us.  We all screw up from time to time.  They are able to influence a greater number of people because they are exposed to more people, but we all influence people.

Every conversation you have, every smile you give, every hand you lend to help, every harsh word you say, every time you lose your temper, they all have an influence on the people on the other end.  We can’t stop influencing people, but we can control whether this influence is positive or negative.  Fair or not, you will be judged on how you conduct your life.  Make a decision to influence those you meet along this great journey called life, in the most positive way you possibly can.  If you do that, you will leave a legacy that you can be proud of.


You ARE Influential……For Better or Worse

by Darren Hardy

What do Jesus Christ, Charles Darwin, Adolf Hitler, Martin Luther King Jr. and Vladimir Lenin have in common?  Each is deemed one of the 100 Most Influential Persons in History in Michael Hart’s 1978 book.

Interesting, isn’t it?

You don’t have to like what their influence was or what they influenced people to do—that’s beside the point, and well, also the point.  Each of these people influenced millions of others to do as they envisioned and directed.

The key point is: Influence is powerful, and the same qualities and charisma that can influence people toward human enlightenment can also be used to influence people to destruction and great inhumanity.

Another vital understanding of influence is: You don’t have to be standing on a mountaintop speaking profound parables or pumping your fists on a lectern while shouting madly into a microphone in front of legions of people to be influential.

It is crucially important to know that we are all, at all times, influencing people and the environment around us.

We are energetic beings.  As we enter every room, mix with any group or converse with any other living being, we are either bringing enlightenment or we are darkening the world around us.

Additionally, we come to understand ourselves by connection and contrast with other human beings.  You are either providing the contrast of positive potential—the elevated status of who they could become—or providing the temptation for them to surrender to their own human frailty.  This means your influence is truly life-changing.

About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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