quotes

Influence

Go out today and preach the gospel and if you must, use words. • St. Francis of Assisi

Title, position, and authority may hold power, but influence travels through relationships. And in the end, influence is the fountainhead of power. • Erwin Raphael McManus

Be, and not seem. • Ralph Waldo Emerson

I want to put a ding in the universe. • Steve Jobs, American Entrepreneur and Apple co-Founder

This is the essence of influence, to win the heart and soul of another person through the strength of your own character and personhood. • Erwin Raphael McManus

The world needs Christians who don't tolerate the complacency of their own lives. • Francis Chan

Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently—they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. • Steve Jobs

Character is the resource from which influence draws. Relationships are the venue through which influence travels. • Erwin Raphael McManus

Insist on yourself; never imitate. • Ralph Waldo Emerson

The ultimate end and most profound result of influence is when a person is free from any command or power you may exert and yet still reflects the influence of your values and passions. • Erwin Raphael McManus

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat. • Theodore Roosevelt

I [am] convinced that what we do is not nearly as important as who we are. • Shane Claibourne

Leadership is influence. • John C. Maxwell

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. • Ken Blanchard

The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others. • Henry Ward Beecher

It’s better to make a difference than to make a point. • Andy Stanley

How I treat a brother or sister from day to day, how I react to the sin-scarred wino on the street, how I respond to interruptions from people I dislike, how I deal with normal people in their normal confusion on a normal day may be a better indication of my reverence for life than the antiabortion sticker on the bumper of my car. • Brennan Manning

Surround yourself with people better than you. A leader aspires truly be the dumbest person in the room. • Jim Collins

God will never ask you to become the wrong kind of person in order to do the right kind of things. • John Ortberg

Be secretly incredible... Secretly incredible people keep what they do one of God’s best-kept secrets because the only one who needs to know, the God of the universe, already knows. ...It’s not about being secretive or mysterious or exclusive. It’s about doing capers without any capes. • Bob Goff

The impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes. • Annie Dillard

Quit waiting for a plan; just go love everybody. • Bob Goff

Never make a point at the expense of making a difference. • Andy Stanley

Our story is what we have to offer the world. So much more important than being heard is having something to say. • Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul

Success is about you. Significance is about others. • John C. Maxwell