Pat Williams is cofounder and senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic. A basketball Hall-of-Famer, Pat has more than 50 years of professional sports experience. He has written dozens of books including Coach Wooden and The Difference You Make—the source of this week's readings. Along with being a Sunday school teacher and serious baseball fan, Pat is a marathoner, weightlifter, and Civil War buff. Read more about Pat at patwilliams.com.
What he Said … How to Have Enduring Influence
Influence is the ability to change hearts and minds through the way we live our lives. Therefore, character is influence. If you lack character, you are incapable of genuine influence. If you have a depth of good character, you can't help but positively impact the people around you. Your influence naturally flows from your character like fresh water from a good spring.
People watch you all the time. Your children notice when you break the speed limit or sneak office supplies home from work. Your employees notice when you fudge your business ethics or lie to customers. Your coworkers notice when you cheat on your expense account.
You are continually influencing the people around you for better or worse. So live your life as if you are under a microscope, even in your private moments. Make sure there is no glimmer of daylight between your words and your actions. If you guard your character and practice integrity, you'll have an enduring influence.