A couple of months ago I’ve been to an amazing trip to Berlin. This city has so much to offer and so many inspiring stories. What had me in my visit was the fact that people actually got out of their comfort zone, made incredible art in the streets and actually made a change. My instant reaction was “Holy shit. I wanna do this too!”. Looking back, that “Holy shit” was the moment I realized I’m inspired.
Well, as you may have guessed, I’m going to talk about inspiration. What is inspiration, basically? By definition, inspiration is something that makes someone do something or think of something. For me, inspiration is the little push you get from the outside world to do what you want to do, and maybe haven’t thought about it until then. And let me add on a personal note – I think inspiration is one of the best things people can have.
Don’t get me wrong – Getting inspired isn’t that easy. It took me about a year to realize I’m able to do it (if you want to know how – it was this article by Tobias Van Schneider). I think people tend to think getting inspired, like getting help from others, comes from a “needy” place, and being in a needy place is scary! I mean, is there a problem with me, that I need to get help from other people? Can’t I have ideas of my own? Well, no. Being inspired is only admitting someone or something moved something inside of you, and being good at being inspired is actually do something about it and get better.
Let’s face it – It doesn’t matter how much effort we put into our work – we will never know everything, and probably won’t be perfect at what we do. I mean, yeah, you can lead in your field of work and be a living legend, but you can always learn and get inspired by others, and there is always something new for you to learn – you can get inspired by your colleague’s dedication to his guitar skills after hours, you can be inspired by your grandmother’s stories of her youth, and you can be inspired by a little boy’s naive perspective of life.
I found several inspirations in my life. Some of them came from people close to me (family, friends, co-workers), and some from people who have no idea who I am. I remember looking at my father’s photo albums and being amazed by the things he had done in his life, and I remember the feeling that made me feel – from that moment I knew I don’t like my current job and I need a change (And a change came! Look at me now, working at the job I want, writing a blog because I want to). I also remember watching Andy Samberg’s commencement speech at Harvard, which is a terrible commencement speech, but really showed me the importance of being yourself and going all out, and taught me that I need to do what I think is right, and not what I think people will think is okay for their expectations (well, as long as it’s not illegal). And the list goes on and on.
To sum it up, the main thing I want to say is this – open your mind for inspiration. There is always something you can learn from others and there’s always a side of you that can be stimulated by other people’s actions and thoughts, so you better let it happen.
Do you remember the last time you were inspired? Tell me about it! Write it down in the comments below.