What inspires you?

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AJ: Kirby’s company does an incredible job of showing appreciation to their employees and reflecting on ways to improve how they operate. Before one recent company meeting they asked all employees to submit answers to a series of questions. One of the questions they asked caught my attention: “What inspires you?” I think for most of us there are a few things that immediately pop to mind – my 91 year old grandmother who’s still sharp as a tack, my mom who gives so tirelessly of herself that it makes me want to take a nap, or my brother-in-law who is currently working two jobs that combine to seven-day workweeks to name a few.

What do you find when you dig deeper, though?
AJ: For me, I find a lot of need in the world that I don’t have personal experience with (very thankfully) that inspires me to do more and give more. I am personally impacted by local organizations who are fighting serious battles on behalf of those in need in our backyard. It’s not that I don’t respond to or care about national organizations, it’s that there is so much need everywhere that if we all did a little more at home, the nation as a whole would benefit, one small effort at a time.

I’m inspired to make better choices for our future and for our family by investing in the community we live in through monetary donations and giving of our time. A general lack of awareness seems to have overtaken the once powerful corporate giving campaigns and as a result I feel like taking more of a personal interest is dire.

KJ: Like any good musician or artist looking for their muse, everyone needs to have a little inspiration in their lives, so what inspires you to give, save, or spend? We each have our own goals (hopefully! And if not, go work on them and dream big), but we draw on our experiences differently. Maybe it’s personal satisfaction for accomplishing something, money as a motivator, recognition by others, helping others, or a combination of all of the above, but if you don’t know what inspires you, then chances are you’re living a less than fulfilled life.

Inspiration can come in many forms
Maybe Pintrest is what inspired you to finish those projects around the house, a family member who ceaselessly gives of their time, or maybe it was some time spent relaxing by the pool. Whatever your source, reach down and find that inspiration to be the best you can be and to help others be the best they can be. If we all do something to give back, then it will help make this world just that much better. Whether that’s through your career as a teacher, donating your time with a local organization, or providing monetary support, there’s lots of ways for us all to find a little more inspiration to make this a better U.S. Knowing what motivates you and how you can find – and keep – that inspiration is just the start!

    What inspires you personally and professionally?
    How do you decide what you will give your time or money to?
    What causes do you support?

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2 thoughts on “What inspires you?

  1. I may sound like an odd-ball here but am actually inspired by a TV series! (Leverage) Each day I watch an episode and yes, it just a bunch of thieves doing thief stuff but once you get beyond that, look at their work ethic, the dedication to a cause and righting wrongs for the “small people”, really inspires me. Made me realize that to whom much is given, much is expected and that I have no excuse not to help in the community in whatever little way I can. As you point out, its the little personal contributions that make the overall difference.
    Or as someone put it, “whats an ocean but a multitude of drops?”

    • To each his own! We all can get insight from very different sources and that is what is so interesting about it. Great quote; it’s the small impacts here and there that can have ripple effects down the line!

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