February 23, 2015
February 23, 2015
When you think about people who have changed the world, who comes to mind?
Maybe you think of people like Henry Ford, who transformed the automobile into an innovation that has moved the world. Or Orville and Wilbur Wright, who made the world accessible to all.
It makes sense that these individuals are thought of as world-changers. They’ve invented or improved upon everyday things that have had a lasting impact on us all.
Now, think about who has changed YOUR world?
If you were to make a list, it might include a parent, a teacher, a boss, or maybe even a religious leader. These types of people hold places in our lives that position them for great opportunities to influence.
But what about you? Would anyone name you as someone who has influenced his or her life?
If not, why not?
“I’ve got nothing to offer.”
The truth is, there are many good things – and maybe a few not so good things – that make up who you are. So you’ve got something – and you can use your life experiences to help someone else.
“I’m not really that interesting.”
The good news is that influencing others is not about you. It’s about them. You influence others by focusing on their story – not yours.
“I’m not super successful.”
Your level of success has nothing to do with your ability to listen. Many people are seeking influencers who they can simply talk to, and who will share a different perspective.
“I’ve got some skeletons in my closet.”
Failure makes you human. There’s someone out there who can relate to – and learn from – your failures. So can you.
“Nobody has ever asked me to be a mentor or influencer in their life.”
Then your first opportunity is ready for you! Don’t wait for someone to ask you to speak into his or her life. Most likely, the people who have influenced you the most weren’t invited to do so.
So how can you actually change the world?
One person at a time.
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Somebody in your life needs your influence. Somebody is ready to benefit from your knowledge, skills and expertise.
Steve Jobs said: “…the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
I believe that you can change the world.
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