At a time when so many people want to be “influencers, I've been pondering what “real” influence is.
When I think about influential figures like LeBron, I see the commercial side of influence – selling merchandise, endorsing political figures. But to me, that's not the crux of genuine influence.
True influence, as I see it, goes beyond superficial actions. It's not about persuading people to follow my exact path or endorsing my favorite political candidates. Instead, it's about inspiring others to strive for their utmost potential, to be uncompromising in their impact on the world.
I often think about the kind of influence I want to exert. It's not about swaying opinions on trivial matters or pushing for short-term goals. It's deeper than that. I want to be a catalyst for others to see the value in pursuing their highest leverage, their greatest possible self.
My vision of influence is not about being a role model in the traditional sense. I don't want people to emulate me but to find inspiration in my journey. I aspire to encourage others to be relentless in their pursuit of excellence, to find their unique path and leverage it for the greater good.
This perspective aligns with what I consider the highest virtue – not just influencing others but empowering them to be the best versions of themselves. It's about leaving a mark that goes beyond individual achievements and contributes to a broader, more profound change. That's the kind of influence I strive for – one that uplifts, transforms, and resonates on a deeper level.