A somewhat new buzzword is “influencer.” We view lists of social media influencers of those we follow, and we may also follow their influencers. Though the term is primarily specific to social media, let’s expand it to include anyone. Here’s a brief list of influencers from this century. Who do you follow?
- Business – Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Simon Sinek
- State/government – George W. Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Ruth Ginsberg, Nancy Pelosi, Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Entertainment – Tom Brady, Audrey Hepburn, Michael Jordan, Elvis Presley, Tim Tebow, Oprah Winfrey
- Church – Billy Graham, Craig Groeschel, Tony Evans
- Relationships – Coworkers, managers, family
Business owners. Politicians. Entertainers. And those closer to home: our families, friends, and clergy. They influence their own generation and beyond.
Some are well known, some are not. Some you like, some you don’t. Whatever your preference, we cannot deny that they influence people.
Who would you include? Who has influenced you?
Why are they an influence? Why do you follow them?
What is it about them that makes you listen to what they have to say?
What about you? Do you realize that you are an influencer? Whether you have one or one hundred “followers,” you influence others. The question: Are you someone people want to follow? Do you display character people admire?
Our Connections Challenge: Lots of questions to ponder. Thank those who have positively influenced you. Take time to reflect on how you influence others.