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.