Monday, May 3, 2010

Inspired or Motivated?

Are you currently using motivation or inspiration to guide you and the people around you?

There is a huge difference between the two.

If you are naturally inspired you are also naturally motivated.

But, when you try and motivate yourself - despite feeling uninspired - you will feel exhausted, worried, and overwhelmed.

Motivation is like a quick fix tonic for the ego.

Inspiration flows from your soul.

And Daniel Pink has studied the science that supports this assertion.

Pink is the author of four books focused on the changing world of work, including "Drive": The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. His recent TED talk will likely leave you inspired or motivated, but not both.



"Drive" includes practical ideas and resources for study and application of the book’s ideas. As with his other books, Dan Pink offers ideas that helps makes sense of the rapid changes taking place in your world at work and at home.

Which one are you these days.

Inspired or motivated?

How would you describe those who are around you the most?

Motivation forces us to keep up with others, measure ourselves by our material possessions to others and still leave us looking at misery at the other end of the dinner table.

Inspiration comes from another place altogether and will enrich you and those around you beyond measure.

Just remember.

The bigger the "why", the easier the "how".


"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm"
RALPH WALDO EMERSON

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1 comment:

Brain Diesel said...

Love this Gair

I have watched the video many times before and what always strikes me, outside of the focus of the message, is what motivates people

Autonomy
Mastery
Purpose

This always hits me as the "Snips, Snails and Puppydog tails" recipe of an entrepreneur