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Monday, April 03, 2006 1:11 PM
Inspired to greatness
Curt Rosengren on Life

Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Are you being what you know you could be? Are you achieving what you truly could achieve? Are you creating the life you want, or are you settling for what's within reach?

I don't think it's a stretch to say that most people go through life without tapping into their real potential. It might be because they have no idea how much potential they really have, or because they don't believe they can, or because it just seems like to much work. There are a bazillion reasons why.

I'm no exception. Much as I'd like to claim the mantle of The Enlightened One, the reality is that I can get in my own way and I can think too small. I also make a conscious effort to find ways to get out of my way and to think bigger.

One of the most valuable things I have learned to incorporate into my journey is the inspiration of others. That inspiration has many faces. It can come from the stories of people I've never met who have accomplished great things or overcome overwhelming odds, or it can come in the shape of a friend who will kick my butt into action.

Along the way I've been fortunate to have many people who have fed my inspiration. Friends and family, heroes, mentors, even critics have all inspired me to keep taking it beyond where I am to where I could be.

Where do you find your inspiration?


John Ingrisano - 4/6/2006 9:00:51 PM
I read and keep a pen and pad beside me at all times. I write down anything that looks interesting, and I share my thoughts with others. Many of my friends think I am always upbeat and positive. I remind them that I often struggle and write my positive ideas for my sake as well as theirs. JRI
Sandi Wilson - 4/6/2006 12:10:26 AM
I am also in "my own way" quite a bit. I have to step back and think about my problem and then I see that I am being the obstacle. I have learned to do this from a dear friend. This friend is no longer in my life, but has left great inspiration and insight into myself, and that keeps me going.
Phil Gerbyshak - 4/5/2006 9:55:22 PM
Others who do what I do and are better than me inspire me to keep innovating, keep trying for more. This could be an author, a manager, a leader, or anyone. I want to be #1, and as long as there are people in this world, I always will have people to learn something from and who will inspire me.


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