Who are the most influential people to you? Why? Explain.Who are the most influential people to you? Why? Explain.

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catd1115 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have to echo the above post, are you looking for personal or in the world?

In my life the most influential people are my sisters and friends of my own generation. I see the way they are living their lives and achieving (or not achieving) their goals. Because I have such a close relationship with these women, I find that I can often learn from their mistakes in the same way I learn from my own. In addition when I see their successes, they inspire me to work harder to get what I want and accomplish my goals.

In the world, I think right now American celebrities are maybe the most influential people out there. In many ways the leaders of our world can't hold a candle to the influence that the leaders of pop culture have on society. From food, to fashion to pets to political views and causes, many, many Americans especially look to their celebrity favorites for guidance. They vote because P-Diddy told them to. They shop lift or don't shop lift because Lindsey Lohan did. Is it ok to be a teen mom because Bristol Palin is? Of course our governmental leaders have great influence over what happens, but each leader really only holds true power in their own country. Celebrities are copied all over the world. In addition I personally think that the quantity of regular life choices that celebrities influence make them overall more influential in everyday life than governmental leaders. Last the next generation (who will soon be in charge) are paying attention to their fav celebs rather than any governmental leader.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Are you talking about who is influential in my own life or who is influential in the world?  Please let us know because the answer to those two questions is very different for me at least.

For me, the most influential people in my life right now are my kids.  They have a huge effect on how I behave.  Because I know that my kids are watching me and learning from me, I try to always behave in a good and exemplary manner when they are around.  I try not to get lose my temper about things that don't warrant it.  I try to model good habits of all sorts.  My need to be a role model for them influences my behavior more than anything else and therefore I would say they are the most influential people in my life at this time.

catd1115 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You know what, I have to add one more thing. This is a great question. I also think that in the current world climate the most influential people are just that: the people themselves. The everyday citizens of nations. After watching the historic change in power in Egypt, we can't deny that once more we are seeing an era of revolution, led by the people.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator


The most influential people to me are my family members. Whenever I have a question, I look to them. I pay attention to what they do, and I try to either follow in their footsteps or learn from their mistakes. I am referring to my immediate extended family.

sipi | Student

Oh! Sorry didn't make it clear enough,

1)who is influential in your own life? Explain

2) who is influential in the world?Explain.


Please be specific.