I am tired today. I stayed up way past my bedtime last night. You see, I went to see the Rolling Stones last night. I am not sure about Mick and the boys, but I am exhausted today.
As I cheered, danced and performed with my air guitar, it struck me at how inspirational those rockers are. Their ages range from 74 to 77 and they were rocking the house like they were 19-year old’s. And, as I stared into their beaming, smiling faces, I could see that they were genuinely having a great time. It looked to me like they were just a group of friends, jamming together.
The Stones have been performing for 50 years, and heaven knows they don’t need to perform for money – they are doing it for the genuine passion and love of the job. And I take great inspiration from that. To do something you love for 50 years is truly awe-inspiring.
I look to individuals such as the boys in the Rolling Stones as a source of inspiration because they normalize successes and failures, and their lessons in life provide direction and a different perspective. Effectively I feel that inspirational people from all walks of life change our outlook on what is possible and remind us what we are all capable of.
Personally, I make it my mission to read 1 book a week about someone inspirational – I read about people from Elon Musk to Maya Angelou to Phil Knight to Tom Brady to Betty White. It’s not that I want to invent the next Tesla, or become a singer, or develop sneakers, or become a linebacker or an actress; but rather I want to learn from other people’s success and failures – I want to be inspired. For their stories of success and failure push me to keep pursuing my own dreams.
Sometimes the best motivation comes from being inspired by others.
And sometimes we need to rock the house like we are still 19.
Think about who you admire and what you can learn from their life experiences.
If the people you admire are in the public arena, consider what books/podcasts/media they may be featured in that you can read/listen to/watch to become inspired…
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