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  • "Automatic Influence is the leader's new killer app."

    Todd Ostrander, CEO, Tectonic Audio Labs

  • Automatic Influence reveals the intrinsic motivation in all of us, waiting to be unleashed for the greater good. It offers practical tools to serve a team, showing how to use influence for the good of others on the basis of relationship instead of surface tactics. You and your team need this book.”

    Jeff Rogers, Chairman & CEO, OneAccord

  • "Erik Van Alstine is ahead of his time. The essence of his new book, Automatic Influence, is success and how to obtain it, and his approach is brilliant. This is a must-read for the nations of the world."

    Dr. Clyde Rivers, Honorary Ambassador at Large for the Republic of Burundi, Representative to the UN - New York, for the Interfaith Peace-Building Initiative

  • “In Automatic Influence, Erik Van Alstine explores the importance of perception, and the power it has to unlock our potential, to change ourselves, and influence others. True to the principles expressed here, Erik has done a great service in opening the possibilities for positive change, spiritual growth, and social development.”

    Robert A. Sirico, President, Acton Institute

  • “Throughout my life, I’ve had to face my fears to reach the next level. In Automatic Influence, Erik offers a plan to eliminate every useless fear, showing readers where fear comes from and how to beat it. These principles are rock solid and will definitely help you win in life.”

    Tim Brown, Heisman Trophy winner, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, and Author, The Making of a Man

  • “My friend Erik Van Alstine has unearthed something special: the root of power and love. Automatic Influence offers a revolutionary way to build bridges between people and nations, something I’m extremely passionate about. Thank you, Erik, for this insightful book.”

    James Robison, President, LIFE Outreach International, Publisher of the global news program, The Stream, and Author, Indivisible


  • Fear holding you back? Having trouble mustering the courage to do the right thing? Just bounce around online and you’ll find a crowd of inspiring quotes about overcoming fear. Here are a couple: Your largest fear carries your greatest growth. Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain. While we […]

  • “Fake News” is all the rage. Wired contributor Henri Gendreau sums it up in a recent article. October 12, 2016, the Washington Post reports, “Facebook has repeatedly trended fake news since firing its human editors.” Fortune and Vanity Fair pick up the story. A week later, Buzzfeed reports, “Hyperpartisan Facebook Pages Are Publishing False and […]

  • Does the world seem like a dangerous place? Like everything is falling apart, like the planet is spiraling out of control? One blogger writes, “I see humans, but no humanity.” Another posts a quote that reads, “I’m just tired, I just want the world to be quiet for a bit.” Most of us feel that […]

  • Why are so many bad things happening around the world? When we look out and see all the violence and conflict and protesting and hatred, it seems like civilization itself is teetering on the edge of destruction. But I say, this view of the world is contrived. It’s a structural distortion of reality. The more […]

  • Tonight I’m teaching an Automatic Influence seminar where we’ll all watch this video of Andrew Parrish filming his cat watching the movie, Psycho. The movie isn’t reality. They’re all actors. The blood. The screams. It’s all fake. But the cat doesn’t know the difference between image and real life. It reacts to the pictures as […]

  • Happiness researchers say the average person needs to triple their positivity to reach a healthy sense of well-being. How? It starts by understanding what happiness is and how to get more of it. For about ten posts now I’ve been angling around this definition: Happiness is a pattern of positive emotion that comes from seeing […]

  • There’s an old saying, “People are about as happy as they make up their mind to be.” That tells me there’s a relationship between mindset and happiness. Add in this fact: happiness researchers say the average person needs to triple their positivity. The average adult’s positivity ratio is 2-to-1, while depressed people are 1-to-1 and […]

  • We live in a massive, buzzing, busy world where billions of things are happening everywhere… There’s a billion drivers in a billion cars swerving and snaking through roads all over the globe. There’s a Japanese manufacturer trying to land a can of sport drink on the surface of the moon.1 There’s ten billion billion insects […]

  • I’ve been describing happiness as “a pattern of positive emotion that comes from seeing good things happen at a good pace” for eight posts now. Given our better understanding of happiness, how can we live happier lives? We start off realizing that happiness is more about mindset than circumstance. Happiness comes from the way we […]

  • It has something to do with what I describe as “Living on psychological Jupiter” in a blog post a year back. So let’s look at it again.

  • Ever noticed how one person has all sorts of bad experiences and stays happy, while another person plunges into depression? What’s the difference? This post explains. (This is the eighth post in a series on happiness that starts here. We invested seven posts to put in the building blocks of happiness, and the next series […]

  • This is a seventh entry in a series about happiness. Start at the beginning here. In the past six entries we built a foundation for happiness. From solid stuff. We centered everything around this working definition of happiness: HAPPINESS IS A PATTERN OF POSITIVE EMOTION THAT COMES FROM SEEING GOOD THINGS HAPPEN AT A GOOD […]