October 16, 2009


I was thinking about the power of inspiration last night.  When I am inspired by something, I feel unstoppable.  And I know I appear different to the people around me.  More powerful and effective.

I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with someone I didn't know well.  What I knew of him, impressions put together without much first hand experience, included that he didn't like his job much and tended to be negative.  My experience in the couple of hours we spent together was completely different.   He was positive, excited and talkative.  Inspiring.  What was the difference?

He was talking about something that he loves.

I couldn't help but think about the contrast.  And the opportunities any one of us could be missing.  What would be possible for businesses, government, beyond.  What if each of us was able to connect to something we are passionate about in our work?

Yesterday I changed the quote on my website to one by Gandhi.  "The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems."  I believe an access to this is in noticing whether you are inspired by your work, or not?

This kind of reflection might lead to choosing to change jobs, careers, direction.  I think creating inspiration for your work is also possible without this.  It can be as simple as a changed point of view.  Reflecting on what matters to you.  What is it that you do, and why do you do it?  What drew you to this job in the first place?  For example, are you making a difference in someone else's life?  Are you a part of building something important or interesting?

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