I’ve been spending quite a bit of my time lately looking for inspiration. Times are tough and it is easy to get off track by focusing all of the bad news that surrounds us all. I try to keep informed, keep aware and keep my expectations realistic, but if I don’t look for inspiration, I will get dragged down by this environment. In times like these, we need to branch out and embrace unconsidered ideas. Lucky for all of us, our options have grown exponentially. We can find inspiration in books, blogs, videos, podcasts, ebooks, social media sites and on and on and on. I’ve been reading, watching and listening quite a bit lately and wanted to share a few pieces of inspiration that rose above the rest.
We Need You To Lead Us
Tribes by Seth Godin – Hands down one of the most eye-opening books I’ve had the pleasure of reading.Tribes focuses on the importance of leadership in creating movements. While several books are being written on the social shifts happening all around us, they often focus on the sites and tools people are using, Tribes focuses on the movements itself. Godin boils down all of the technology and change happening around us and explains why it is relevant to anyone doing business in today’s world. He makes it easy for even the least tech savvy of us to understand how the marketplace has changed and why. I’ve become a very big fan of Seth Godin in a short period of time. I am working my way through many of his books and now read his blog every single day. His posts are brief, but often insightful and inspiring.
Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams
Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow – Easily the most inspiring and moving book I’ve read in a long time. To be honest, Randy’s story is devastatingly sad. After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Randy, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon, decided to give a “Last Lecture,” a speech commonly given by retiring professors. Randy’s speech entitled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” will move you. Listening to Randy will make you want to work harder to get everything you want out of life. If you are at all worried about this book depressing you as much as I feared it would depress me, watch the first few minutes of the video below… I think it will put your fears at ease. Both the lecture and the book chronicling his life during this period will lift your spirits, get your creative juices flowing and make you value the time we are all fortunate enough to have.
These are just a few of the people whose words are keeping me going. I look forward to hearing about those who are inspiring you. What are you doing to stay inspired these days? Whose ideas are keeping you motivated? I hope you enjoy these books and videos, they have certainly been invaluable to me.