Unless you live in a cave, which certainly is your choosing, your life touches many others every day. Whether it is a good experience, or a bad one, you make an impact, or leave an impression. While you may recognize the influence you have on those closest to you – friends, family members, co-workers – what about the waitress at your local lunch spot, or the person standing in line behind you at the store? How about the newest opportunity seeking entrepreneur, who is watching what you do to gauge whether or not they want to become part of your organization and build a successful business too?

Sometimes even the briefest interaction, can leave a lasting impression on those around you. I find that often times people who are in a service based industry never receive the gratitude and appreciation they deserve. I have established friendships and gained the respect of many business contacts simply by taking the time to say thank you or to dig the positive out of a situation and let them know I appreciated the prompt response, advice or service.

In the book Becoming a Person of Influence: How To Positively Impact the Lives of Others by John C. Maxwell and Jim Dornan, reference is made to the following poem by an anonymous author:

My life shall touch a dozen lives before the day is done,
Leave countless marks for good or ill ere sets the evening sun,
This is the wish I always wish, the prayer I always pray,
Lord, may my life help other lives it touches by the way.

One of my personal goals is to share the opportunity for higher levels of personal and financial success. More of my story here.