There are a lot of reasons why I would want to be like you. You are funny, inspirational, interesting, super smart, engaging, successful, generous, and clever  – which are just a few of the many talents and gifts that you possess.

Did I make you….smile?

Did I get your attention? I wanted you to stay, because I wanted to INFLUENCE you to read the rest of this post! There is great stuff in here that will motivate you, inspire you, and help you to better influence those around you whether you are at work or at home.


Yesterday, I was meeting with a colleague and she was sharing her struggles with a challenge she had about a training that she wanted to introduce to the executive team. This woman was leaving no stone unturned to find the key that would unlock a yes! I admire this heart-centered go-getter who always delivers with verve and excellence. Her perseverance, her expertise, her business acumen are all admirable. But she was struggling, you know? I wished I had remembered to share this story about Sean to inspire her creativity, her resolve and her faith that anything is possible. I think, at times, we all need a little reminder to get us moving again.

From Sean’s Bio:

“Expected to die at birth, Sean Stephenson has faced an army of reasons to give up and countless opportunities to embrace pity. He suffered more than 200 bone fractures by age eighteen, reached a height of only three feet, and is permanently confined to a wheelchair. Despite his challenges, he took a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world, including Tony Robbins and President Clinton.

At the tender age of nine, Stephenson found the purpose to his life after suffering a fracture to his left femur from a simple activity that wouldn’t have even bruised the average child. His mother then asked a life-altering question, “Sean, is this going to be a gift or a burden?” Her question set Stephenson free, and the answer fueled a quest to show the world that we choose whether every moment is a gift or a burden.

Stephenson has had more life adventures than most people who are twice his age. Spending time in the political sector, he worked on Capitol Hill for U.S. Congressman William O. Lipinski and in the White House alongside President Clinton. He has also testified in front of the United States Senate on two separate occasions. After realizing that he could change the world in ways besides politics, Stephenson branched off and developed a thriving professional speaking business addressing schools, companies, associations, prisons, hospitals and public seminar events.

Stephenson graduated from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, where he received High Honors in the College of Liberal & Arts and Sciences. He received his psychotherapy degrees from American Pacific University in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he is currently completing his Doctorate in Clinical Hypnosis. As a board-certified psychotherapist, Stephenson runs a private practice out of Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.

Over the past decade, Sean Stephenson has traveled to over forty-seven states and six countries, where he has found that individuals are notorious for making excuses. “I would work harder, ‘BUT’ it won’t make a difference.” Sean addresses the excuses as well as the “BUTS” that fuel the insecurities behind them. “I would love myself, ‘BUT’ I am not pretty enough, wealthy enough, popular enough, etc.” Sean has created a movement committed to educating people how to get off their ‘BUTS’ and STAND in life…”

Sean kept going, because there was something much more important than his “not enoughs” it was his mission to use his life as a beacon of inspiration and motivation to people around the world. If Sean can go through all of that and still keep pushing, still keep growing, still keep facing his fears, still keep smiling, what can you do?

You will never influence the world until you influence yourself — Christine Jeffrey

One of the greatest tools you can use to persuade others to “play on your team” is influence. Influence is one of the pillars of high performance and you can’t make a difference without it. Below are some scientifically proven ways that help you develop this valuable skill.


  1. SMILE – Something so simple is SO powerful. Smiling is a universal way that humans use to communicate care and connection, improve one’s mood, and from a study conducted by Wayne State University in 2010, improve your life span by 7 years! Besides it energizes us and makes us feel better when we smile.
  2. TELL AN INSPIRATIONAL STORY – When you share a story that touches people on an emotional level, it inspires them to take action, to be like the person they admire or to understand that they can do better each day.
  3. COOL PEOPLE – For a variety of reasons: another person’s success, toys, attitudes and behaviors can make us want to “Be Like Mike.”  If you want to be considered cool so that you can inspire others to follow you, there are some things you can do: improve your confidence, develop your own style, trust yourself, be curious about life, and act from a place of strength. When you do, people will want to be like you, too.
  4. SUPERHEROES – I know that business and life can be serious, but playfulness, positivity, imagination, and inspiration can make us want to emulate those we admire. Do this: Think about your favorite superhero and ask, “What do I admire about him or her?” You will then discover a set of traits that you can develop in yourself. When you do, you create a following of peope who want to have more of YOUR superpower.

That’s it! Use these tools and let me know how it goes. As someone once said, ” The closest distance between two people is a smile.” May you have many smiles in your future!

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