Walt Disney once said, “I am a part of all I have met.” When I first read that, I didn’t get it. I thought that he was saying that he is a product of the people that have gone before him. He was modeling what others had shown him.
Then John Maxwell (name dropper Alert!) asked the following question as it related to Walt’s quote, “Who’s rubbing off on you?”, and it made me look at the quote a bit differently. Imagine that dog that turns his head to the side as if he’s trying to figure out what you just said. If people are rubbing off on me, doesn’t that mean that I’m rubbing off on other people? I know, obvious right? Forgive me, I have a lot going on.
The perspective that it gave me was the self awareness that I make a difference in the lives of everyone I meet. Intentional or not, fair or not, good, bad or indifferent. I change people’s lives! I’m not being narcissistic, I’m just stating a truth. A truth for all of us. Some of us just make a choice to be good stewards of our influence on others.
It could be our family, obvious. It could our friends, still obvious. It could be our clients, although too many of us take them for granted. What about the waitress that served you at dinner last night? Did you make a difference in her life? Did you treat her in a manner that gave her the encouragement to get through another night of serving mostly ungrateful people? What about your boss? Are you serving him in a manner that could influence him in a way that he looks at the potential of his team differently?
Leaders. What about your team? Are you their boss, or are you their leader? I know lots of business owners that want to develop their team to its full potential because that means the owner’s bottom line will benefit. I haven’t met too many owners that are creating relationships with their team outside of work so that their team can develop personally as well as professionally.
So…who are you rubbing off on? Let’s talk!
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