7 Ways of Increasing Your Influence in Society

Having influence is a simple thing…help another human being, over and over and over and over……

Anne-Maria Yritys

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The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority (Kenneth Blanchard)

The best leaders of the 21st century are those who are active, constantly evolving, focusing increasingly much upon influence and empowerment rather than upon authority, leading through example, learning from their mistakes (and, making mistakes in the first place), accepting mistakes and the learning process followed by the allowance of making mistakes, emotionally intelligent, humane, close to nature, and ready to throw themselves into creativity, seeing endless possibilities through action-oriented learning and development, be it in themselves, or in other individuals.

Never underestimate the influence you have upon others, and thus, on society around you, regardless of your background or current professional title. 

How can you influence people, and change society, then?

Influence begins with your daily activities, the choices you make in your daily life, and about your future. Influential people do not always even recognize…

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One Person Really Can Change the World



I will never believe that I cannot change the world.  I am encouraged daily with emails, comments and inbox messages that prove this fact.  The Dream Big blog is now read in 142 countries around the world and the sphere of influence is amazing.  I get emails from around the globe describing acts of kindness, volunteer work, regained health, debt reduction and the like.  All attributing their work to the encouragement they found on the pages of this blog!

I am one man, living in a small town near Charlotte, North Carolina with a Dream to help others.  Don’t tell me it can’t be done.

You can change the world if you want to.  Or you can decide to change one person’s world.  Or you can decide to change no one’s world.  It is all up to you.

You are only limited by the limits of your mind.


Make the most of the influence you have

This is a great perspective on the influence each of us has day-to-day!

Becoming Healthy

Since we are either just arrived or nearly arrived home after a long weekend away I thought I would schedule this blog and share with you a great blog post from Joshua Becker at Becoming Minimalist.  Apologies to those of you who get both blogs….. then again maybe not as this is a message that we need reminding of everyday.

Influence. You Already Have It.

Posted: 25 Aug 2015 by Becoming Minimalist 


“You don’t have to be a ‘person of influence’ to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they’ve taught me.” —Scott Adams

Our lives matter. This is indeed life-giving news to each of us.

We all want to live lives of significance—lives that make a difference in the world around us. We were designed to live for something greater than ourselves. And each of us were born with an ingrained…

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Community Compassion

Random acts of kindness and the Community Compassion page!

From Food Stamps To A Future

Follow the Golden Rule

Over the past 34 years, I have been witness to 2 acts of kindness. The first was a few years back. I was picking up some cleaning supplies at the Dollar General store and was in line behind a woman in her late 20’s, early 30’s. There was an elderly lady in line in front of her. Her items had been rung up, and she was digging through her change purse trying to find her remaining balance. She informed the cashier that she was going to have to put some of her items back, as she didn’t have enough to cover the bill. The younger lady (in front of me) told the cashier not to worry about it, and to ring her items onto the ticket, as she was going to pay for the elderly lady’s things. The little old lady was flabbergasted. She just could not do that. The…

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2 Reasons to Listen to That Little Voice Inside

IMG_7061This post spoke to me in two ways: 1. It is not our job to judge whether or not someone truly needs, it is simply our job to give, and 2. When you fail to give, 2 people get robbed of a gift.  Read this post:


Smile, it’s contagious

Positive actions are contagious…as are the negative!


accrareport_smile-1Recently I was working on a project where I have long term relationship with the organisation.  The team had always had its challenges and always had a challenging culture, but you would still largely find people who were happy and were passionate about seeing the team succeed.  Now it felt like everyone in the team was like one of those zombies in The Return of the Living Dead, but rather than eating brains they were just hanging out for a redundancy.

I felt it myself when

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Dream Big

I simply had to repost. I think the reasons are evident! lol

Pamela's Positives

I am a dreamer of BIG dreams. Believing that you can make your dreams come true is the first step and the easiest. The journey is the hard part and often one that is misunderstood by those who think dreams only occur when we sleep.

Dreams can be as unrealistic as you choose, and believe me I have some crazy ones. Within each crazy dream, however, there is a kernal of possibility. A spark that could ignite change, bring joy, become reality. Dreams are meant to be embraced rather than feared, although a small amount of fear is needed for success.

Can one person change the world? No, that is far from reality. Can one person change the life of another? That my friend is where the dreamers come in. By seeing things in a positive light and taking the chance to make a dream come true you couldpotentially…

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Compensation by Edgar Albert Guest

6Life is about following or finding your life’s passion; any other pursuit in my opinion is trivial.  Seek to help humanity, seek fulfillment through your life’s true purpose.


I’d like to think when life is done
That I had filled a needed post.
That here and there I’d paid my fare
With more than idle talk and boast;
That I had taken gifts divine.
The breath of life and manhood fine,
And tried to use them now and then
In service for my fellow men.

I’d hate to think when life is through
That I had lived my round of years
A useless kind, that leaves behind
No record in this vale of tears;
That I had wasted all my days
By treading only selfish ways,
And that this world would be the same
If it had never known my name.

I’d like to think that here and there,
When I am gone, there shall remain
A happier spot that might have not
Existed had I toiled for gain;
That someone’s cheery voice and smile
Shall prove that I had been worth while;
That I had paid with something fine
My debt to God for life divine.

Edgar Albert Guest

How to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck: 4 Easy Tips

jumpstartWho would ever think to find life advice on Better Homes and Gardens or as the cool kids call it: BHG.  I found this article today talking about how to get ahead and stop living paycheck to paycheck.  If you are struggling and living pay to pay, do yourself a favor and make some home budget cuts.  The pressure of paying bills kills your joy when you are worried about where you will find the money.  Pay television, wasted electricity, wasted spending on eating out, gym memberships are just a few areas to review.

Trust me when I say, you will appreciate the eliminated stress much more than you enjoy television.


Meet Willie

Charity comes in all forms and will bring you eye-to-eye with good people that are simply experiencing a hardship. Meet Willie…



This is Willie, a cheerful man who is currently living under the Burrard bridge. I was fortunate enough to have him tell me his story while passing out triple-berry jammy sandwiches this past weekend. Willie was polite and patient with me when I asked him questions about his life story, and gave me his enthusiastic consent when I asked for his permission to share it.

Willie travelled from New Brunswick to provinces all around Canada, including Saskatchewan, Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia. He was back and forth between provinces to find work, but, unfortunately, to no avail. He held random jobs here and there as a dishwasher, but wanted to find things related to construction as he likes hands-on labour. Despite meeting tough conditions in life, Willie has remained positive and cheerful, which is exemplified in the message from John Lennon’s song that he would like to pass on to…

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