This question was asked today in a meeting I attended about motivating employees. There were around 50 or so managers in the meeting, divided up at round tables of about 6 or so people each and we were asked to share around the table who is the one person in this world who has inspired us the most.
And I couldn’t think of an answer.
I still can’t think of an answer.
Who inspires me? There really isn’t one person who has inspired me in life. The question that resonates more with me is “what inspires” not so much “who inspires”. I’m more inspired by qualities and characteristics of people than I am inspired by one sole individual.
Underdogs inspire me
Risk takers inspire me
Creatives inspire me
Musicians inspire me
Authors inspire me
Those who fight for justice and truth inspire me
Those who do what is right no matter the cost inspire me
Those who are not content with or intimidated by the status quo inspire me
Those who “overcome” inspire me
Leaders who stand up for those they lead no matter the personal cost inspire me
Husbands who live their wives inspire me
Wives who respect their husbands inspire me
Parents who put their children before their jobs inspire me
But if I am being honest, I am not nearly as inspired by people as I am by experiences.
So I don’t know what that says about me, that I am not inspired by people as much as I am inspired by experiences. I find that if you look to a person for inspiration, they will eventually let you down. Experiences will never let you down, because there is always a lesson to be learned from every experience. We just have to open our eyes and tune our hearts to recognize those opportunities to learn and grow. And learning and growing are the results I believe should come from inspiration.
What do you think?