Forrest Gump had charisma and used it effectively
Charisma is defined as a special personal quality or power of an individual, making him capable of influencing or inspiring large numbers of people.
Charisma + Good Character = Great Things (e.g., Gandhi)
Charisma + Bad Character = Evil (e.g., Hitler)
Forrest Gump had both good character and great personal charm … Forrest had charisma.
Forrest was magnetic.
Forrest’s character appealed to others.
Forrest’s accomplishments developed a fascination and following.
Forrest had star quality.
Forrest connected with the people he met in his life, and he connected with the movie audience in 1994. He connected with the population at large – and still connects 17 years after the movie was released.
Was he born that way? Or did he learn it from his mother? Or was it a little of both?
Many believe charisma can be learned. Ellen Finkelstein’s How to Develop Charisma lists 12 qualities of charismatic speakers. Charisma Magazine takes a spiritual approach to charisma with news stories, features, online exclusives, and eight bloggers dedicated to helping individuals transform their lives.
Marianne Williamson said, “Charisma is a sparkle in people that money can’t buy. It’s an invisible energy with visible effects.”
When Forrest stood over Jenny’s grave, he said, “I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I … I think maybe it’s both. Maybe both is happening at the same time.”
Maybe we are born with charisma …
Or maybe it’s something we can learn …
Or maybe it’s a little of both.
Forrest Gump had charisma.
Are you using your charisma?
How are you using your charisma?
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