People make careers out of their ability to influence others.
There’s whole branches of psychology and sections of NLP about how to influence and sway people in whatever direction you desire.
In fact people have the ability to make us feel as though we desire the very thing they have to offer and we believe it so much that we follow that feeling.
We spend money on things we’ve been influenced to buy. We follow the lives of strangers who influence the way we live our lives, the places we go, the way we dress and the products we use.
And sometimes it all seems calculated and sleazy.
You start to question if you really want anything at all.
But I can’t help but wonder, is it so wrong to be influenced?
I think the answer is no.
Of course if you’re spending all your money trying to be like someone else buying things you have no use for and generally have no sense of self you might need to take a step back.
But if you were influenced to read a book that taught you something new or opened your mind up to a new perspective, I think it’s okay.
Once I started earning enough money to buy my own things I realised that my purchases were heavily influenced by a variety of factors, not just people.
Often it’s about how we want to feel or be perceived and the person we are influenced by is likely to resonate that.