Your Sphere of Influence

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“Our sphere of people and influence is a gift – it is what has been granted to me at this time.”

I consider more and more as time goes by the importance of appreciating my sphere of influence and significance as being quite near.

That sphere of influence begins with those closest to me, then my friends, out to my work colleagues and those who happen to pass through my atmosphere that I may have the opportunity to provide a word of encouragement, a hint of reassurance and a smile to warm a heart.

Our sphere of people and influence is a gift – it is what has been granted to me at this time.

The challenge of society today is that our media fuels a false picture that significance is the multitudes, the 10+K followers and number of likes.  I believe in positive influence – I truly do, but the goal is surely not numbers of impersonal followers – perhaps it is even in the few?

A young lady in my youth group growing up who was just that touch older than me, sang and played the piano every week, and never failed, even in her own teenage years, to turn up, contribute and hang with me.  She was significant in my early years.

Your true influence and significance are found, I would suggest, pretty close to home, in those close rings of people who orbit your life.

Let’s appreciate that our greatest sphere of significance is close.

No Regrets


About Penny

Penny was born in England, raised in New Zealand, lived in America and settled in Perth, Australia. Together with her husband Mark, she is raising a teenage daughter and has twin twenty-something sons. "Coming home at the end of a solid working day to family and friends is my delight" says Penny, Co-author of the book – She’s Not Your Competition. She is a heart-felt communicator who believes in the power of a person’s story. Penny has over 25 years experience as a high level leader and spokesperson in both the private and non-profit sectors with significant public relations experience. She is currently the CEO of South Coastal Women's Health Services, and prior on the Leadership Teams of Rise Network and Riverview supporting people in areas of mental health, domestic and family violence, and children overseas at risk of exploitation. She holds an MBA and MBL, and is a Board Director for the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia. For the past 15 years she has provided pro-bono support as a mentor for leaders and consultant to not for profits. Penny’s personal life endeavour is a determination to "make life better not bitter".