When I was in first grade my older sister convinced me to clean her room for a dime.
“Wait!” she said, “I mean you can HAVE the dime if you want it, but…check out this nickel…it’s bigger and a little shinier, wouldn’t you rather have a nickel?”
YOU BET I WOULD!
Granted, back then my cunning sister used her influence to trick me, it was one of many lessons that taught me to be selective about who I was going to trust. You have to get burned a little in life in order to learn who you want to in your inner circles of influence.
The people I’m influenced by most always have my best interests in mind (and yes, my sisters all make the short list). Both online and off, I go to my most trusted peers with questions about everything from fashion and chicken recipes to health and financial decisions. I go to them because I know they will only provide me with their very best and most honest feedback.
I think influence comes with trust. If you and I have developed a rapport where I feel like there is a reciprocal, genuine interest in each other as people…then I will pretty much do whatever you ask. Book recommendation? Like your Pinterest board? Follow you back on Twitter? Register for a new website you’re launching? You got it!
And I think those people who influence me most take that influence seriously. They don’t make a lot of requests and they’re particular about who they partner with because they don’t want to lose that trust.
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