"A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often simply serves as something to aim at."
- Bruce Lee
We all have them: people who have inspired us, who showed what it’s like to be great at something, our role-models, our heroes. Can a mere presenter be inspirational as well?
Of course you can!
A key facet of inspiration is that it can be found anywhere. Some people get inspired by a rock star, others by their college professor. Everyone can become an inspiration to others. Think back to all the people who have inspired you over the years. Chances are, most of these are just regular people: your uncle, your high school teacher, your football coach. If you can take something away from how they do things or how they think, there’s probably someone out there who can be inspired by you.
It’s the little things
Just like it’s not always the biggest personalities that inspire us, it’s not always the biggest things. Small sparks of inspiration can come from any number of sources. Maybe just the way someone is courteous to an elderly lady on the bus, the way one of your friends seems to be able to always laugh things off, the way the cashier at the grocery store always seems to know how to make you smile.
Be a mirror unto others
What we find most inspirational is oftentimes what we seem to lack or miss in ourselves. Conversely, what others will find inspirational about you is what they feel they’re missing. So the key to being inspirational is to not be like other people. Don’t try to be what everyone else is and don’t try to do what everyone else does. Being authentic and positive are the two main ingredients to becoming an inspiration to others.