This is a two part article in which I write about inspiration and how it leads to success. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved” ~ Hellen Keller. Achieving success cannot be done in isolation. Success is preceded by inspiration. Inspiration can successfully lead one through a voyage of happiness, hope and complete sense of one’s individuality. The absence of inspiration will result to exactly the opposite.
When inspired there is a feeling of enthusiasm. The question that arises most is, where does your inspiration come from? We all have our own answers to this. For me the sources of inspiration are many. One of the major sources is reading and applying the principles of the Bible. The other sources are the targets I have set for myself that is writing motivational blogs for people and helping the less privileged in society. I get motivated and even more inspired when I receive a compliment about an article I wrote or when I see someone I helped getting the most out their life. In other words I get inspired by helping people and seeing them benefit from my help.
It is important to know what inspires you before you set off on your journey to success. Remember success is not a destination but a journey. I like the definition of success by Booker T. Washington “success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life but, by the obstacles he has overcome while trying to succeed”. We are all inspired differently. Where some find inspiration from, those that have attained a certain level of success and happiness in their lives do not; still others are inspired by nature and its wonders. For most if not all of us, motivation is key to a life of living meaningfully. Life without motivation is worthless and empty.
When you just drifting and wandering around, with no sense of direction and purpose in life, you become more and more de-motivated, losing your inner self in time, become depressed. I have learned this from one of my close relative. He is very de-motivated and un inspired about his personal life.
Your personal or career goals largely determine the path that you wish to live your life. When wanting to live an abundant life, then the inspiration will easily be found in life stories of those who have achieved success. This principle is equally true to anything you want to pursue in your life be it politics or business. You can never get enough inspiration, it cannot be measured. I feel the starting point to success is inspiration. Again the question “what inspires you” comes to play. If you have not answered this question this is the time to do it.
Definitely, one needs to acquire understanding, to study and learn, to collect knowledge, and the skill to manage your time; however all this will be useless without motivation. And inspiration is a chief motivator and so is the craving to learn. The craving to learn is a very big motivator to me. These should be your driving force to success. Success in an undertaking leads you to gaining more pursuit and a much greater yearning to learn, resulting in growth of motivation directed towards the goal that you have set. It is almost impossible to succeed without acquiring enough knowledge understanding in a given field. See article “knowledge is key to success”.
Enthusiasm springs from inspiration. Enthusiasm is one’s attitude of confidence, curiosity and expectation, with fragments of daring and risk. Let’s be realistic, for you to succeed you need to take certain risks. Imagine how life would be if there were no risks to be taken, then we would all be successful. The difference between people who are more successful and those who are not is that someone took risks and the other did not. Vince Lombardi says “the difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will”. Business men are people that have gone out there and have taken financial risks and have the will to continue. If you have a job like in my country, you feel safe that your employers will take care of some of your social obligations e.g. sickness and are almost guaranteed of a pay check at the end of the month. Whereas, if you are managing your own business you have to work for your pay check. You cannot afford to be wasteful on time. More in part 2.