I remember reading Bill Clinton’s autobiography. There’s a section where he mentions JFK coming to visit his school and shaking his hand. He says that moment profoundly influenced his direction into a life of public service.
As I was walking through the back streets of Falmouth, Jamaica snapping away I noticed a young man sitting in a old chair watching me.
Would you like to try?
That’s all it took, next thing I know he’s right beside me ready to go.
I only spent a few minutes with him but the whole time I had the Clinton story in the back of my mind. You see you never know who, or when it will be your turn to influence someone to do something worthwhile, to do work that matters. A simple hand shake from a President, or some small act of kindness from a photographer can change someone’s entire outlook.
Get out and be a ‘positive’ influence on someone today.