A few weeks ago I was asked to think about the things that inspires me. Now I can rattle off a million different things from the top of my head, but in the end many of them do not really inspire me. They just motivate me.
I feel like there is a strong difference between motivation and inspiration and many definitions get thrown around to define both of them. Personally I think of them as this:
Motivation is that temporarily feeling you have to get off your butt and work towards a goal.
Inspiration is that drive to put continuous effort towards achievements meaningful to you.
Sure you may feel motivated when you watch that montage of the guy doing flips off a roof or seeing that Olympic athlete break another world record, but it’s never enough just to see the accomplishments to be continually driven to work towards them.
So what really inspires me?
Seeing the struggles of others working hard to achieve great things.
It’s seeing those people who keep trying even when it stops being fun . The ones that put in blood, sweat, and tears towards their dreams. The stories of those who try, fail, then get back up and try some more.
When you see the struggle it takes for others to master something it helps take off that skill-level barrier we put up between ourselves and the experts. Everyone who tries something for the first time will be bad at it. The ability to become good at something depends on how much you practice doing it.
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress” ~Frederick Douglass
So what inspires you?
How do you handle the struggle of learning something new/difficult?
Would love to hear from you in the comments!