“It’s better to give inspiration than to seek it – because it’s by that very act, you will find it!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
We now return to you to your regularly scheduled inspiration after my moment of rage of yesterday.
Let’s talk about the idea of inspiration for a moment!
I’ve never liked many motivational speakers – I’ve often said that the message of many is like Chinese food. An hour after you hear it, you pretty much forget most of it, and have a gnawing pit rumbling in your stomach.
I’ve always tried to take a different approach on stage – here’s your future, and here’s what you need to do to be a part of it. The challenge with this, of course, is that not everything about the future is positive and glowing; there are always negative implications to many trends. I’ve tried to incorporate that reality into my talks, by focusing on the opportunities of the future rather than the perils it presents. That’s the inspiration part of my quote.
But giving inspiration rather than seeking it? There is no doubt that those of us who end up in the wonderful situation of having the opportunity to assist others in moving forward have found one of the most powerful motivators known to mankind: giving back. It’s by giving back that we get back; it’s by contributing that we gain more; it’s by donating that we achieve; it’s by helping others that we help ourselves.
That’s the real secret to motivating yourself to get through each and every day, and if you have not yet discovered it, you should try it.
By the way, the photo is from a wonderful service I use called Unsplash – it’s full of creative energy and is free for use. This particular photo is in the frame is from Zac Durant Photography – you can also see his work on Instagram. ig:@ZacDurant.photography. The whole idea of Unsplash is that it’s by giving someone the opportunity to use your creative work, they will share it and others will discover you. It’s by giving that you get back. Visit Zac, and discover his work!
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