Why You Should Be Careful in Your Quest for Influence

These articles are all catered towards helping you attain influence in life. Whether it be influence over coworkers in order for your ideas to be adopted, or influence over all controllable things in the universe. Humans have an extra-ordinary ability to attain power, control, and notoriety. The techniques to do so are ever-changing, and the level of power which is possible to attain in the future may have never been witnessed prior. There are people reading this who will continue to grow into powerful individuals, with their influence traveling far and wide. It is a duty of those who advise these people to warn them against the dangers that present themselves on the quest for influence over others. This article aims to do just that. 


Defining Influence


Influence is the spreading of your truth. Whether your ideas are explicit and visible to all who listen, or are covert tactics to make people behave exactly how you want them to. The end-goal of influence is for your honest creations to have their desired effect on the world around you.

A single word can influence, and so can a single glance. The combinations of methods which universally exist for influencing others are countless, if not unlimited. The ultimate goal of influence is for your ideas to out-spread the ideas of others in their adoption. Each and every one of us partakes in the game of influence, whether we know it or not. We strive to grow, we strive to sell, and we strive to make an impact in our own ways. The only aspect that changes is the scope influence, not the fact of its existence. A wolf influences its prey’s last moments, the sun influences life on earth, and your brake-lights influence those behind your car to stop.  

Hopefully you can see that the end-goal of influence is absolute control over everything: the wolf, the sun, and universe itself. This may sounds scary, and it is. However, every organism is trying to influence the world in its own way, making attaining absolute control over everything rather difficult to achieve. Most people will go on to achieve control over their careers, over their finances, and over certain groups of people. Very few go on to influence a country, a continent, and the world. So far, nobody has been able to influence the universe directly. Do not underestimate the goals of influence, and do not underestimate the power that you have in influencing whatever you choose. Do not underestimate the ability of others to influence the world you live in either. We are not the only ones gifted with the power of influencing the world, and what we create can grow to influence more than we can manage. 


Be Willing To Live With Your Creations 


The question then arises whether it is worth using influence for destructive purposes. Is it worth birthing malicious ideas which seek to destroy our opponents? Is it worth dropping the nuke on our enemies? Is it worth attaining absolute power over everything in existence? Only you can answer this question. Remember one thing: your creations can become more influential than you.

Your ideas can work to influence others in their own specific ways, without regard for your intentions. The nuke you drop will influence others to drop a nuke on you. The scam you conjure will give birth to reactions you don’t foresee. The power you attain will force others to attain even more to put you out of power. Be willing to live with whatever you give birth to. Whether it is an idea, an action you commit, or the decisions that you make. They will now exist in reality and become capable of influencing independently without your control. Some ideas are so powerful that they engulf everything in their path. Be careful how you try to shape the world around you, as you can’t separate yourself from the influence your creations have over it.

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The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters

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