Persuasion is intentionally changing beliefs, attitudes, or behaviors of a person through information or arguments. (Lecture notes, 10/27). The reason why this particular idea has stuck out to me is because we live in a world where there are so many factors around us that shape our values and views on things. From the TV shows we watch, to the music we listen to and the people we look up to are all examples of social influences that play a huge role in our socialization. One particular example that I would like to talk about is a professional tennis player called Aisam Qureshi who happens to be from my home country, Pakistan. In the last 6-7 years he has gained a lot of fame and has become a household name in Pakistan due to his on-court achievements. In 2010, he reached the final of the US Open Doubles Championships. Standing on Arthur Ashe tennis stadium in front of thousands of people, he was asked to say a few words to everyone about his amazing run at the US Open. Towards the end of the speech, he made a comment about how every time he comes to America he feels that people have a wrong perception about Pakistan being a terrorist country. He went on to say that “we are very friendly, loving and caring people who want peace in this world as much as you guys do and may God bless us all.” I don’t think that even he realized at the time what his words had done but it was a huge message coming from a celebrity athlete like himself that left a mark on everyone who was there or who heard his speech on TV. Many people were left in awe by his charisma and the simplicity in his message.