The law of nature is, do the thing, and you shall have the power: but they who do not do the thing have not the power.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is no shortage of influence opportunities. You're limited only by time, energy, or expectations. These opportunities come in many forms. Sometimes they occur during formal or informal meetings. Sometimes they arise spontaneously over a meal or around the coffee machine in the office. For example, someone you would like to influence may offer you opportunities such as
We frequently ignore these opportunities—sometimes for good reasons and sometimes for bad reasons.
Some good reasons to turn down an opportunity to influence include