When you interact with others, are you usually the listener or the one everyone else listens to? Which suggestions does your social group end up taking when it comes to what you are going to do?
These are the kinds of questions that will quickly point out whether you are easily influenced by other people. How your social group responds to you will quickly point out how they view – or more candidly, which label they assign to your character.
Perception is the Key
Like every other social action in our society, it doesn’t matter who has the best ideas or says the right things. What matters is who is perceived to have the best ideas and the best comments. After others are convinced who the influential people are within a subgroup, that impression becomes relayed to others via social proof.
Like it or not, this is how life has always worked and how life will always work – when it comes to persuasion and influence. Successful people who work in social occupations like politics and sales understand this social law, and have learned to use it very well.
Why There are so Many Followers
The fact of the matter is that most people do not want to be the influencer. It is hard work, requires lots of energy, and comes with great responsibilities. This is why there far more followers than leaders – but this is actually a good thing. Having more followers is what makes societies work well.
But followers must make sure that their passive personality doesn’t allow them to become victim to scammers and con men. The video below lists 7 ways that we can get influenced into making poor choices in our lives: