A list. I capture it not only to share my passions, but because my faulty memory can use all the help it can get. By putting it here, I can always look back to it for help later. Feel free to browse and take anything you like.
Family. They just won’t leave me alone.
Friends. I just won’t leave them alone.
Work. I spend a lot of time there, and so it has a lot of influence. I think of it as my lab for trying out ideas and seeing what really works.
Strangers. More often than not when I’m out in public. It’s hard to understand the motivation of other people, so it always starts me thinking.
Failure, two types. First the past. I’m a perfectionist (when it suits me), and tend to obsess over failure. Even if it wasn’t my fault. I have failure from years ago that I still occasionally pull out and relive. Not in an unhealthy way, I don’t think. But our failures are what prepare us for our success.
The second type is future failure. Thinking about how things can go wrong, and how to course correct before it happens.
Reading. I’ve spent more time lately with biographies. I find it fascinating to read about the seminal figures of our history. They were all shaped by their own past, most of them with some pretty significant failures of their own.
Writing. While I wouldn’t go so far as to call it automatic writing, I do find that I can sit down and knock out a report, blog post, letter or email with very little specific thought as to the wording. As long as I have the general direction, the keyboard seems to fill in the gaps.
Speaking. Maybe I inherited my father’s sales genes, but I sometimes get my best ideas when someone asks me a question, and I have no idea how to answer but charge on anyway.
Really smart people. They usually fall into one of the previous categories (family, friends, strangers) but deserve a special mention. Dumb people surround themselves with smart people. Smart people surround themselves with other smart people whose opinions differ from theirs.
I appreciated the contributions each of these inspirations have made. So glad to have them around.