Real Power

Somebody posted a comment the other day about “power”.  It had me thinking about people who have real power. 

When I think about power, I consider people like Barack Obama or Oprah Winfrey or someone like JK Rowling – there are others in different industries of course, like Warren Buffett or Bill Gates… we can go down the list of people, but the point is, I doubt these people ever walk around telling others how powerful they are…

That’s what I saw on this post on social media yesterday that got me thinking about what is real power

Simply, if you have to tell people how powerful you are, then you probably aren’t that powerful. 

People who have real power or authentic power are people who understand their influence and realize the responsibility that comes with being someone who can impact others so easily.   

I doubt very much that their goal was ever to be powerful.  I feel that being powerful is most likely a byproduct of who someone is in the world and can never be an actual goal.  People with REAL power tend to be people who inspire and uplift others. They know who THEY are, they know their strengths and most likely understand their weaknesses and therefore always open to learning something new.

To me, real power is a very elusive thing. It’s different from being a leader or wealthy. It actually has nothing to do with your title or standing.  Real power has everything to do with how others view YOU and nothing to do with what you can control. 

Hmmm. Just something I’ve been thinking about. Here’s the video I made before my run yesterday that got me thinking….


The Greatest Love of All

There are moments that you remember, that change your way of thinking, that change the trajectory of where you were going.  For me, Whitney Houston’s rendition of The Greatest Love of All was one of those moments.  To this day, I shed a tear easily when I reflect back on how this moved me, altered how I felt about myself, kept me going as a kid.  Even today, when I’m feeling low, I recite the words and if I can, I play this song, this version and I’m always inspired.

The power to do that — the power to touch a life like that with your gift,  is so mysterious to me.   I pray I use my talents and gifts just as brilliantly.  Thank you Whitney Houston.  May you rest in peace.