The Power of Influence

This early morning, as I’m halfly seating on the bed, stroking my keyboard checking facebook’s most recent news, an update instantly flashed.

Do you influence people for your own good or for their own good?

It was Bo Sanchez’s “Preacher in Blue Jeans” video series. If you’ve been following this blog, I’m sure you already know that I’m a big Bo Sanchez fan. But since it is not always Bo Sanchez who’s doing “Preacher in Blue Jeans” video, I lost some interest until this morning.

Out of boredom, I clicked on the link and watched the youtube video. It’s actually short, only 3:33 so what the heck. The topic is about “The Power of Influence”. Here it is.

After watching the video, somehow it strucked me. It is the part when Mike Vinas said “You are an influence. You influence people around you, your family, your friends, your boss, your co-worker, everyone. And the only way that you can truly master that power, that influence, is if we don’t use it for our own good but if we use it for the good of others.”

[ad#content300]A few nights ago, I was online chatting with a reader asking for a financial advise. He says he can allot this much for insurance, for mutual funds etc. Initially, I was tempted as I can use the leverage to meet my personal goals in my career. However, a small voice inside my head says it’s not the right thing to do. So I didn’t do it. Instead, I gave him an advise to which I can firmly say that it will benefit him more than it will benefit me. Better that way than meeting my personal goals and yet not being true to this clueless person.

As a financial advisor, I am clearly influencing people on how to act with their hard earned money in order to achieve financial independence. They look up to me for an advise that think, will be beneficial for them, not me.

So I asked myself, “Am I inlfluencing other people for my own good, for my own benefit”? I’m glad that I can answer with a clear conscience that I am not.

Friends, I urge you to do the same. Be a good influence to others. Influence them for their own good, not yours.

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Garry Zaldy de Castro is an advocate, Financial Advisor, Certified Investment Solicitor (Mutual Fund Representative), blogger, IT practitioner, husband to Aileen and a dad to Jacob and JohnD. He started Financial Planning Philippines in 2008 just to share his financial learning to friends, relatives and anyone who wishes to be financially independent.

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