You never know when you will have the opportunity for a random act, but today, I was in the middle of a call. When I finished the conversation and looked up, a colleague of mine was sitting across the room at a Starbucks. I said, “Hi” and the conversation that ensued was specifically inspiring and motivating. That’s why I posted the tweet below.
Random Acts of Inspiration Tweet
Sometimes random acts of inspiration are so meaningful. You never know who you will run into or what story they will tell. #inspired
— David Goecke (@DavidGoecke) August 21, 2014
So I asked myself, what actually inspires me? And what does inspiration really mean?
What Does “Inspiration” Really Mean?
For me, it’s that moment when you have the right amount of coffee, you have completed your daily meditation, and your mind is free to think about the impossible. It is a strong sense of mental stimulation to do something creative. Growing up in a family with a strong emphasis on faith, I was taught that our Creator was inspired when He created humans. That is the type of inspiration I want to know more about and experience more often.
What Actually Inspires Me?
So the next natural question is obvious, what inspires me? After thinking about this for some time, I think the act of giving inspires me. Specifically, giving value to others in a way that when they receive or experience that value, they smile. In short, I am inspired to make people smile.
But mentorship and learning from motivated and driven people also inspire me. Believe it or not, Wikipedia defines mentorship really well.
Mentorship is a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The person in receipt of mentorship may be referred to as a protégé (male), a protégée (female), an apprentice or, in recent years, a mentee.
In other words, being the apprentice of my mentors is something that inspires me because it allows me to learn from those people who are driven to be successful.
What Inspires YOU?
Deciding to write this blog has been tremendously inspiring. In case you don’t know, I made a commitment to write 365 blogs in 52 weeks and I’m currently on blog number 4. What I really want to do is include my friends, family, and colleagues on this journey as I discover myself and what’s valuable to the people around me. So I must ask. What Inspires You? Please share in the comments below!