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Becoming a Person of Influence


This week I wanted to share one of my favorite writings by John Maxwell. It is from his book, Becoming a Person of Influence.

People are first influenced by what they see. If you have children, then you’ve probably observed this. No matter what you tell your children to do, their natural inclination is to follow what they see you doing. For most people if they perceive that you are positive and trustworthy and have admirable qualities, then they will seek you as an influencer in their lives.

When you meet people who don’t know you, at first you have no influence with them at all. If someone they trust introduces you to them, then you can temporarily “borrow” some of their influence. But as soon as they have some time to observe you, you either build or bust that influence by your actions. “It takes more than talk to keep workers in line; mere words go in one ear and out the other.” —Proverbs 29:19 (The Message)

— Pastor Bob


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