They’re all just words that, when acted upon, can change the course of the world. Yeah, that’s all they can do…
Quotes are something that inspire us as we read through them. I always think, did someone really think “that was so awesomely said that I’m going to document it?”
I doubt it.
In fact, I often wonder if the quotes from way-back-when are even 100% accurate. Someone may have heard it and decided to write it down days later missing a word or two.
But the point is that they are inspiring to us. They cause us to think about things, revamp our thoughts and, hopefully, act on it. Inspiration is nothing without motivation. And without those we are doomed a life of mediocrity where we never grow or change.
“You are the same today you’ll be in five years except for two things: the people you meet and the books you read.”
– Charlie “Tremendous” Jones
Getting inspired is the key to growth because, without it, action cannot follow.
Are you stunted?
I wasn’t growing. My web design business was causing me to become stale and not change as a person. My true self was not coming out in my work because clients didn’t pay for me, they paid for them. Which is fine, except that I wasn’t growing.
Fear is something that drives courage. We can’t have courage without it. And the fear of me being exactly the same tomorrow (or in 5 years) drove me to try something new. It inspired me to act and change course.
Have I left everything in the dust? Of course not. There’s still bills to pay and design is still a passion of mine. But it was not allowing me to express myself the way I needed to.
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
– Ernest Hemingway
Or a computer. Or paper. Or tablet. Or Whatever.
And that’s where I find myself today. Bleeding on this screen things that I never thought I’d actually share with the world. Why?
Because I was afraid that my web design was drying up. Maybe it was, maybe not but it caused action. It inspired.
You Will Keep Growing
Imagine for a second a life where you do the exact same thing over and over every single day. I don’t just mean work, I mean every single step exactly the same. Everyday for years.
Some people are living that. They aren’t afraid, inspired, motivated or innovative. And they’re okay with that.
But I’ll venture to say that you’re not one of them. You’re not willing to let life pass you by and keep you stunted.
I know you’re not.
What’s something that inspired you take action on a goal or dream? Name a person, place or thing and tell us how. Be sure to link to their site or the resource so others can see.