Inspiration is important because it provides the fuel you need to do what you REALLY want to do
– Graeme Fielder, Inspiration
I just had the chance to read Graeme Fielder’s latest blog post on inspiration, a short, sharp piece on what inspires him and what inspiration actually means.
One of the interesting points he brings up is that the people who inspire him aren’t usually the superstar Mark Zuckerburgs or Bill Gates, they’re the people that he knows, people that are close to home and have done some great things. Now, having spent almost my entire University life involved with Spark in one way or another, the names Graeme mentions - Priv Bradoo, Alexei Dunayev, Logan Wait, Wared Seger, Chris White, Fady Mishriki - are quite familiar. They’re inspirational people and have done / are doing some pretty cool things. (Google a few of them!)
I would wholeheartedly agree with Graeme and after having a think about it, I realise that it is definitely those people closer to home that bring the most inspiration for me as well. The thought that these people have all gone along the same path as we did, at the same University, with the same goals and dreams, really gives you the inspiration and motivation to aim for the big world-changing goals and ideas.
My own list of people would probably look much the same as Graeme’s, and it is incredible to think how far these individuals, and their ideas, will go in the future. It’s almost overwhelming to think about, but instead of shying away, we should certainly make the most of our opportunities and strive to achieve those world-changing goals.
Who or what inspires you?
(I worked with Graeme when he was CEO of Spark in 2010, and he definitely belongs on my list of inspirational people!)