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Influence: Principles from the Principal
- February 28, 2017
- Posted by: Jerry Atchley
- Category: Principles from the Principal
Wednesday was George Washington’s 285th birthday. Today representatives from the Daughters of the American Revolution presented the Academy with a big photo copy of our first President. Washington was a person of great influence. However, he wasn’t nearly as influential in my life as my parents. My Dad turned 90 in December and my Mom will be 90 on Sunday. I often find myself quoting them and understanding the value of their influence. They inspired a work ethic in me and a deep compassion for others that have made a major difference in my life.
Too often, we tend to confuse influence with power and fame. The truth is, though, that the great leaders of history almost never credit a famous person as a major influence in their lives. Most of the time, they will point to their mother or father…or a teacher. Never underestimate the impact you may have on other people, especially young people….our future.
LeRoy Beam, EdD
“In most cases, those who want power probably shouldn’t have it, those who enjoy it probably do so for the wrong reasons, and those who want most to hold on to it don’t understand that it’s only temporary.” – John C. Maxwell: Becoming a Person of Influence: How to Positively Impact the Lives of Others