Written by James Okere

commitment3BECOME AN INFLUENCER. Those who influence the world today, are those who have built success story around their lives. These influencers now serve as role models in our societies. They are men and women who have accomplished great tasks attested to by the people and society. They are persons who have through their successes influenced society. These people are highly appreciated and made reference to.

Men who can inspire or influence their environment are men that have discovered themselves and dominated their community. They are persons who are written about. They are men painters would want to draw inscription of what they represent. Men who dominate their environment exist in various aspect of the society including in governance, economic, scientific discovery, sports, management, leadership, religious institutions etc. The processes making it possible for one to become influencer in the society includes as follows; Passion to serve, leadership, talent discovery and development, writing etc.

PASSION TO SERVE: Many are abound who have used their passion to serve, and using same to influence the people. Mahatma Gandhi was well known as somebody who had great passion to serve, coupled with his simple life style with which he used to influence the entire environment of India. The death of Gandhi did not stop the Indians from acknowledging who he was till date.

Mother Theresa also used his passion to serve the people to influence her environment. She worked hard to get many charity/ social rehabilitation institutions established under his support. Mother Theresa was a truly living human being with an infinite capacity to care for and support the sick and dying people of Calcutta and others.

LEADERSHIP:Through leadership, societies have been influenced positively by people who built success life. History has records of those who have used leadership positions to inspire life and confidence into the people.

Today in United States of America, people still records the roles of Thomas Jefferson; the former third United States of American president and a foundational member of the mastermind team that championed American independence. The primary role he played as the writer of the declaration of independence of America is spoken till date.

In addition, the leadership provided by Church Hill the war time Prime Minister of Britain is still influencing Britain as much reference about him are still made till date.

Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa was one man whose succeess story around leadership acumen became extra-ordinary in the world. Even when he was no more, he is still being highly celebrated; that 18th July is celebrated as Nelson Mandela day all over the world as declared by United Nations. By all these feet these men mentioned built success life.

Through talents people become a success in life. Dr. Ben Carson stated that “If you recognize your talents, use them appropriately and choose a field that uses those talents, you will rise to the top of your field”. Hence, you can also influence your environment through discovery and developing of your talents. Many have used their sports, administrative, writing, selling talents etc to change the course of history.

We speak much about Michael Jordan of America who performed well in the basket ball spots. His roles have influenced many basket ball enthusiasts and others who have also learnt team work spirit from him. In Nigeria, many people have also been influenced by the activities of footballers like Kanu Nwankwo, Jay Jay Okocha etc.

Talent discovery and development is so important that Dr. Myles Munroe a well known pastor, author and public speaker said “Anyone who develops his gifts will become a community”.

Writing distinguishes one. It takes one to higher level. Every writer who continues and never quit reaches a remarkable heights in life. Today, mention Dr. C Maxwell, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Dr. Myles Muroe, Brian Tracy one will definitely mention books authored by them.

Mention Fanny Cross and Bernard Shaw; one’s mind runs to the works written by them. These writers or authors are not forgotten as their works and accomplishments are always being remembered and cited accordingly. These writers have influenced the society in that even after their death; their works are still being spoken about.

Mention Charles Dickens, you remember one of his works titled “Oliver Twist”. Mention Dimgba Igwe; a Nigerian, you remember his journalistic works as well.

Finally, all these influencers who act as role models have used their words of wisdom and quotes to build humanity. Their wisdom expressed vide quotes have added values to people even centuries of years they have left this planet earth.

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