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Beyoncé doesn’t run the world. Beyoncé runs Beyoncé’s world. It’s up to you if you want to participate.
Which begs the question: to whose world should I participate and why? Does being a part of the world of Beyoncé or Neil Degrasse Tyson or Elizabeth Gilbert or the Dallas Cowboys or that needy friend enrich or detract? What does the giving of my time and attention do – really do – for me? It’s a choice, you know, and speaks to the true power of influence.
Now think about you: if enough people believe in and trust you, your level of influence rises. With more influence, you get to do more exciting and risky things, put out more work, connect more deeply with those you lead. You may not get on a magazine cover, but that’s not the point. What would cultivating influence do for your career?
There are many worlds (more than you realize) that enter in to your orbit, and their influence is great. Choose wisely. Because the time devoted to their influence could undercut your own. PS: if you’re reading this, my world is likely a part of yours. I’m honored and humbled by this.