On influence

There are only two powers in the world, saber and mind; at the end, saber is always defeated by mind – Napoleon Bonaparte

Power is the ability to make someone do what you want. Power is fleeting.

Influence is the ability to shape someone’s beliefs and actions. Influence endures.

Power is yours. Influence is the others.

Power begins with talking. Influence begins with listening.

Power is open to the few prepared to use or threaten force. Influence is open to everyone who is prepared to discuss.

Power provokes countervailing power. Influence fosters the influence of all.

Power comes with uniforms. Influence is as diverse as the voices of humanity.

The use of power frustrates the ability to influence. Those forced against their will are rarely open to persuasion. The use of influence retains the option of force.

Influence prevails eventually. That moment begins when diverse, purposeful and connected people discuss what they want openly.

Choose influence.

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