What do you want to accomplish?

I recently came across the below photo and thought it would be one worth sharing…

Tom hosts his own show and he has also co-founded a few companies. He is excited by the prospect of helping people achieve their goals, dreams, desires, or whatever you want to call those thoughts that continue to consume your mind day after day.

I love the list he shares because it makes you wonder what all this “influencer” stuff is all about. I think it is a term that is both incorrectly used and definitely overused and its hard for me to believe that there are people out there who feel good about simply being known as “influencers” just because they have thousands or even millions of followers on instagram, facebook and whatever other platform they are choosing to succumb their lives to. The are of influence, which is a staple of leadership, goes so much deeper.

If you are one of those folks that simply knows thyself as an INFLUENCER, then I apologize for what sounds like a “judgy” statement above and below. I guess I am just looking for you to dig a little deeper. To find that thing that you are passionate about and to chase after it. If you want to truly have an impact on others, and if you really want them to see you as being an influence on their lives, then do the right thing, set the example, know your craft and actually make a difference.

Real differences aren’t made by just posting a photo or a message up on social media and then taking credit for your popularity. As Teddy Roosevelt once said (he likely said it many more times):

“IT IS NOT THE CRITIC WHO COUNTS; NOT THE MAN WHO POINTS OUT HOW THE STRONG MAN STUMBLES, OR WHERE THE DOER OF DEEDS COULD HAVE DONE THEM BETTER. THE CREDIT BELONGS TO THE MAN WHO IS ACTUALLY IN THE ARENA, WHOSE FACE IS MARRED BY DUST AND SWEAT AND BLOOD; WHO STRIVES VALIANTLY; WHO ERRS, WHO COMES SHORT AGAIN AND AGAIN, BECAUSE THERE IS NO EFFORT WITHOUT ERROR AND SHORTCOMING; BUT WHO DOES ACTUALLY STRIVE TO DO THE DEEDS; WHO KNOWS GREAT ENTHUSIASMS, THE GREAT DEVOTIONS; WHO SPENDS HIMSELF IN A WORTHY CAUSE; WHO AT THE BEST KNOWS IN THE END THE TRIUMPH OF HIGH ACHIEVEMENT, AND WHO AT THE WORST, IF HE FAILS, AT LEAST FAILS WHILE DARING GREATLY, SO THAT HIS PLACE SHALL NEVER BE WITH THOSE COLD AND TIMID SOULS WHO NEITHER KNOW VICTORY NOR DEFEAT.”

Teddy himself was an influencer. It doesn’t mean he did not make his share of mistakes. It doesn’t mean he always made the right decision. But he also didn’t just put on a costume hoping to make a difference.

What can you do today to have a positive influence on those around you? I am willing to bet it is a lot more than just posting a photo or a message.

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