Be a Leader, Don't be a Follower


Definition of Influence:

1: the power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways: SWAY

2: the act or power of producing an effect without apparent exertion of force or direct exercise of command

b: corrupt interference with authority for personal gain

3: one that exerts influence

4: an emanation of spiritual or moral force

5: an ethereal fluid held to flow from the stars and to affect the actions

I have a deep feeling about the spiritual power in our everyday lives, so that is the meaning I will explore at this time. We all have distinct personalities, and they are formed by those who exert the most influence in our lives.

Our teachers, our parents, our spiritual leader help form our morals and how we relate to others.

As children, we accumulate lists of heroes and famous folks we would strive to be more like. In my family, my mother was incredibly talented in many areas. One of her many slogans was “Be a leader, don’t be a follower.” Our mentors have deeply influenced many of us in the entrepreneurial world. When I was younger, my hero was Jacques Cousteau, since he helped us to understand and appreciate the depths of the ocean. Over the years some of the most profoundly influential figures in my career path have been from the thinkers from academia such as Stephen Hawkins, and many of the Nobel Peace prize winners, I have spent a fair time learning some of the wisdom of spiritual leaders such the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh. I was deeply moved and influenced by the mindfulness movement that I gave the gift of meditation books to many of my family and friends. The drive to be compassionate in this competitive world is of deep significance to me.

Some of the most influential people I think are our politicians, sports professionals, and leaders in the military. I have been blessed with many mentors and realized that each person in our midst might be the student, or our teacher or a character in the play of our lives. A few years ago, there was this website called Klout that measured your social influence. President at the time, Barack Obama, I recall had a 90. I was thrilled when my scores were in the mid-’60s. The drive to make a difference in this world is what sets entrepreneurs apart from the rest. That difference is being a person of influence for our youth.


Startup catalyst and serial entrepreneur, I ask myself" What am I going to be when I grow up this time." Writing to share my thoughts and experience makes the most sense to me. My interests range from tech. , to art, to business, science, food, poetry, and world travel. Inspiring our youth to greater dreams is my passion.