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4 People Who Have Influenced My Life

We all need someone in our lives who we can look up to, whether that’s a parent, a friend or even a famous person we respect. We need their encouragement during the hard times and a nice pat on the back from them during the good times.

I’ve had four major influencers who have played a huge role in getting me where I am today, and I’m so thankful for their presence in my life.

Michael and Cindy Easley:

My husband, Winston, and I have been part of a group of young couples led by the Easleys for more than a year now. We meet every Sunday night, and we’ve been blessed to build a strong relationship with the Easleys during that time.

I’ve always been told to make sure I have people in my life who are older and wiser—and they have filled that role for Winston and me. We talk with them about marriage, raising kids, theology, careers and even cooking!

I can’t begin to say how thankful we are for the wisdom they have shared with us. I’ll be forever grateful for their influence!

Candace Cameron Bure:

You might know her as D.J. Tanner from Full House, but she’s so much more than that. After I read her book Balancing It All, I realized how much we have in common, including our view on life.

Of course, I love the many things she’s known for, like Full House and Dancing With The Stars. But I’m more impressed with how she handles herself in the public eye. She never wavers on her beliefs, even when she doesn’t have the popular opinion.

Plus, the way she treats her husband and kids, as well as how she manages her career and stays healthy and fit, is so inspiring. I haven’t met her yet, but it’s on my bucket list!

Dave Ramsey:

I can’t imagine writing a list of people who influenced me without including Dave, but it may not be for the reasons you suspect.

Yes, he’s my dad. And, yes, he’s the “money guy,” and I’ve learned so much about money from him. He’s had a huge impact on my career and my passion for doing what I do. But his influence has been much more than that.

He’s influenced how I see the value of family and how I want to raise my kids one day. He’s taught me why always telling the truth is important—and how rare that is these days. And he’s such a strong example of how not to let success ruin you.

Thanks to him, I’ve learned how to follow the Lord in good and bad times, and he’s shown me how to treat people well. My dad is an amazing man.

So that’s just a little about the people who have influenced me.

I hope you also have influencers and mentors in your life. If you had to pick three or four people, who would they be?


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Rachel Cruze

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Rachel Cruze

Rachel Cruze is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, financial expert, host of The Rachel Cruze Show, and co-host of Smart Money Happy Hour. Rachel writes and speaks on personal finance, budgeting, investing and money trends. As a co-host of The Ramsey Show, America’s second-largest talk radio show, Rachel reaches millions of weekly listeners with her personal finance advice. She’s appeared on Good Morning America and Fox News and been featured in TIME, REAL SIMPLE and Women’s Health, among others. Through her shows, books, syndicated columns and speaking events, Rachel shares fun, practical ways to take control of your money and create a life you love. Learn More.

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