Saturday, July 5, 2008

Chasing Daylight

I picked up three books at B&N the other day on a table where you buy two and get one free.   The book Chasing Daylight was one of the three.   Chapters are on Choices as in Choose to Live, Influence, Risk, Uncertainty and Impact.   I've been reading a lot on Community lately in a number of different places, i.e. blogs and books.   I'll probably write up some notes on one of the other books shortly which I'm still reading.

In the chapter on Influence there is the following quote: "This is the essence of influence, to win the heart and soul of another person through the strength of your own character and personhood.  Authority can shape what a person does, but influence shapes who a person becomes.  Influence is born out of trust and finds its strength in the connect of heart and soul."

Later, "Character is the resource from which influence draws.   Relationships are the venue through which influence travels."

"Most of us have yet to comprehend our capacity to influence others in a positive way."

Later, "You really can know a person by his friends.  Trustworthy people are surrounded by people who trust them ...  Character breeds influence.  Influence shapes character.  The relationship between character and influence is like breathing--- the deeper you inhale, the stronger you exhale.  Take your character deep, and your influence will be profound."

Good stuff here.  I'm about 1/2 way through the book and thought I would share these great thoughts.      I've decided building a community; whether work, school, family, church or whatever takes work and focus and is vitally important.   I'll be writing a lot about community and trust ahead.

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