Influence requires association

If you want to change someone’s mind or a culture, you can’t do it from the outside. The less associated you are, the less influence you can ever have. Its unbelievable how people think that simply by complaining from the outside, they will ever see any change on the inside.

But the reverse is also true. The more associated you are will someone or a group, the more influential you can be. The person who sidles up beside their leader (or the leader who invests time in their people), by supporting them, encouraging them, etc… they have a position of influence.

Before you complain that no one ever listens to you, ask yourself if you would listen to someone who’s acting like you.