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17 Examples of Inspiration
John Spacey, December 10, 2020
Inspiration is a source of intense mental stimulation that can translate into productivity and creativity. The following are common sources of inspiration.
PeoplePeople model themselves on other people and are commonly inspired by acts of bravery, kindness, risk taking, exploration, creativity and discovery. In other cases, people are simply inspired by people who have high social status. It is possible to be inspired by famous people you've never met or people that you know very well such as a friend or relative.
CultureThe shared experiences of groups. For example, being inspired by a super culture such as sport.
ArtThe unconstrained visual expression of talented artists.
Performance ArtArt that occurs at a moment in time never to be repeated in exactly the same way twice.
CharactersCharacters of literature, film and other stories.
Stories & MythsStorytelling and traditional myth can create a sense of wonder, admiration or convey truisms that people find inspirational.
HistoryEvents that actually occurred in the past such as the fact that your ancestors endured the challenges, hardships and indignities of history to make you possible.
NatureThe splendors of nature or periods of reflection in a natural environment.
ScienceScience can inspire a sense of wonder with regards to the complexity, eloquence and possibilities uncovered by systematic and rational research of the universe.
MusicMusic is pure inspiration that has a remarkable ability to influence emotion, ideas, creativity and energy.
TruismsTruisms such as quotations, lyrics, figures of speech or traditional sayings. For example, "no pain, no gain" as an inspiration to overcome the difficulty of exercise, training and competition.
Religion & SpiritualityReligion and spirituality are commonly cited as a source of inspiration and resilience.
PhilosophyIt is possible to draw inspiration from ideas in philosophy or the practice of a philosophy such as optimism.
RelationshipsThe bonds that you enjoy with others. For example, a family that inspires you to do the right thing in a range of difficult situations.
Personal ReflectionMoments of personal reflection. This can involve no thought at all such as a stillness of the mind.
MasteryEffort can be its own inspiration. As you seek to master a profession, subject or interest you may find that work itself is your inspiration.
Slice of LifeIt is very common for individuals to suddenly feel a sense of wonder in a particular moment. This can occur during any element of the human experience and doesn't require anything dramatic.
NotesNaming a famous person with a stellar reputation as your source of inspiration is a bit of a cliche as this is what everyone tends to do. However, if you're just jumping through hoops such as a university application this is perhaps a safe path.
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