Power can be a loaded term. It can be seen as negative if you are on the receiving end of abusive power. Power is obviously positive when in our own hands and used for noble purposes. Power is something that can be awarded but is also something that we all can obtain. Everyone! Referent Power (respect/amiability) and Expert Power (knowledge/talent) are not easily acquired but they are obtainable with effort. Effort is not a birthright or a genetic trait. Effort is a choice. Effort allows us to move closer to our potential, including our potential to acquire power and effect change in our own lives and the lives of others.