Michael Hyatt is the Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Nelson, Inc., the largest Christian publishing company in the world and the seventh largest trade book publishing company in America. But it is what he has accomplished in terms of social networking that I’d like to share with you, as it has allowed him the opportunity to personally impact people around the world who may have never even purchased a Thomas Nelson book.

Currently, he has 76,430 followers on Twitter (and by the time you read this, he’ll probably have more). The last I heard, his blog had over 100,000 subscribers. That doesn’t just happen overnight. He has amassed this following over time.

So why does this one guy who runs an organization in Nashville, TN have such a following? The answer is simple: he gives.

Take a look at www.michaelhyatt.com and you will see that Michael has a wealth of knowledge about a variety of topics, which he freely shares with his readers. He gives books and valuable information away in the spirit of wanting to add value to the lives of others.

So you may be asking: “Why blog about someone else’s blog?” There are several reasons, not the least of which is that I think his blog could be of incredible value to you. But today I want to focus on one: because Michael Hyatt inspired me to blog.

So how was I introduced to – and inspired by – a man I have never actually met?

Michael Hyatt has been a longtime friend of Building Champions. He was a guest speaker for our annual Building Champions Experience last September. Unfortunately, I missed the chance to meet him. There was a death in my family, and I needed to fly home before the event got underway.

Michael led two breakout sessions, and gave a keynote presentation on Priority Management. One of the breakout sessions was on the subject of Social Networking. As he spoke about Twitter, Blogging, and other related topics, people were taking copious notes and his message was getting through in a big way. Michael graciously made his own notes and slides available on his blog.

Although I wasn’t present at the event, his message made its way back to me and I was impressed. When I also took the time to pay a visit to his blog, it inspired me to launch Irrefutable Success.

I’ve had the great pleasure of hearing some kind and encouraging words from those of you who’ve read my first blog posts. It’s my desire that, by sharing the lessons I am learning every day through coaching some of the best in business, I can use this blog to make a positive impact on a wide range of people. As I stated in my first blog entry, I believe that is what true success is all about.

I thank you for taking the time to read and share Irrefutable Success!

Who has inspired you in your life? Who will say that YOU inspired them to do something good?