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Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.
-- Josh Billings


Thursday, July 8, 2021

Your influence

Does your fulfillment depend on getting other people to change? Good luck with that, because you’ll need it.

What’s your most direct path to making the changes that will solve problems and create value in your world? The most direct path, and the one most likely to succeed, is to identify and implement changes within yourself.

Your influence in the wider world is limited. Yet you do have ample influence over your own actions, your own experience, and your own perceptions of that experience.

Do you really need the people close to you to change in order for you to feel better? Do you really need millions of people you don’t even know to change how they think, act, vote, or speak in order for your life to improve?

Sure, certain positive changes in the way others behave could be beneficial to you and to all of life. Yet by an overwhelming margin, the most consequential influence you have is over your own behavior.

Before you seek power and influence over others, do all you can do to bring about goodness using your own influence over yourself. That’s the most reliable, most direct way to improve not only your life, but the lives around you as well.

— Ralph Marston

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