Just wondering, who inspires you in your life and why?
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Just wondering, who inspires you in your life and why?
George S. Patton: The man was mighty and brave, willing to take on the challenges and challenge the impossible. He had courage, audacity, and a boldness to see things through. He never let the odds hold him back. One of the things that made him a truly great leader, however, was that he never forgot the individuals who made his successes possible. Many of his letters and speeches were long credits to other people for their work-- he rarely made things about himself. He was a diva, but he was also wise, and had a great respect for the men he fought alongside and directed. Even when he had his moments of failure, he never lost sight of his vision or those around him. He stayed strong in the face of circumstances he couldn't control. I have tremendous respect for him and aspire to hold those qualities in myself some day should I lead others.
Gene Roddenberry: Admittedly, Gene Roddenberry's personal life is nothing admirable. But his vision for the future, as shaped in Star Trek: TOS, is beyond inspiring. He envisioned a future in a time when no one could think past today. He didn't let the fears and trials of the Cold War hold him back from adding a grand ideal to his dreams. His willingness to take a chance and create a show that painted a picture of hope when hope was most needed is inspiring, to say the least. Even more interesting, his brilliance inspired brilliance in others. Many of our modern technological devices (including the cell phone and personal computer) came into existence by fans who were inspired by the original show. As a writer myself, I hope to give the same to my audience.
Milton Friedman: The man was a genius who was unfraid to speak the truth and willing to talk with the common man. As a Nobel Memorial prize winner in Economic Sciences, it would have been easy for him to keep his theories to himself and out of the reach of common understanding. But he didn't-- he spoke and shared his vision for a better future with those around him. One of the things that most stands out to me was his willingness to take a chance and depart from the the status quo economic theory created by Keynes. He stepped out of a mold and looked at how the world really, truly was. He wanted economics not to be just a theory-- he wanted it to be applicable and helpful. I find his willingness to dream big without losing sight of the practicality of his dreams incredible. It can be difficult to reconcile the vision and reality, but he did it.
When this has been asked, or the similar 'who is your role model' or when it is seen as a question on any kind of document, I've only had one person ever come to mind, my favorite ENFP :). It was a question for which I had no answer for years of my life, I'd leave it blank, knowing that the asker wanted some president or other famous individual's name, but knowing inside that I couldn't possibly feel comfortable putting someone like that on paper; what if they were an awful person, just had decent results?
I've been limerent an ENFP friend of mine for years.... it's almost definitely not going anywhere since we attend different universities now, but I have no intent from losing her as a friend, ever. There's something about her, well, a lot of things really, that just make me want to be a better man (yaay cliche time). She's got this aura of awesomeness she takes everywhere... brightens up a room, and my day along with it. Even when she's online... I dunno... she's simply too nice, too cute, too smart, and too beautiful. Any complaint I could muster (and I've tried looking) would be knit-picking. She seems to excel in a lot of places where I fall a little short of my goals... and being around her, I seem to try harder to get there, often by following her example to the best of my ability.
I'm sure I sound almost head over heels, and, I suppose I am... she does inspire me though. She da best <3. ENFPs are awesome.
I think like @hoom that it's another ENFP that inspires me the most.
He was a friend of mine from humble beginnings, who managed to become a senior pastor, fun dude, and a great dad even though his wife had a stroke and her personality changed as a result...And not for the better. I met him when I was first discovering the Myers-Brigg/Jungian theory and as a 21 year old kid in an awkward place in life with some crap going on personally, he provided a great personal mentor and gave some sage advice, without the "accept it or lose" attitude some other personalities (seem) to have. Showed me how to at least get on the path to attaining my potential.
I'm not really inspired by any human being, just by an idealistic vision of who I want to be. Well, maybe it would be more accurate to say that I'm inspired to do a better job of translating my true inner self to my external behavior. I am authentic but sometimes my words or actions are misinterpreted. I would like to be more clear and understandable while remaining genuine. The problem is that so much meaning is lost in the translation.
As you can see, I have a 4w5 heart type where all of my goals are related to image and authenticity rather than accomplishment. Consequently, how could anyone else inspire me to be myself when they aren't me? I could look to others as examples of "living according to one's heart" or "integrity" but that doesn't really do much for me either.
It's not really who inspires me, but what. I've always been inspired by my dreams. The quality of my life depends on the quality of my dreams and when I have good ones on an almost daily basis then extract meaning from them throughout the day I feel much more "myself" and able to function. Last night was the first time in a long time I've had a memorable dream and today I feel like everything that needs to happen is going to happen and that I'll come out okay.
I grew up hearing Queen on the radio- "We are the Champions" and "Another one bites the dust" had heavy radio airplay in my childhood. I'll never forget having the revelation that both songs were by the same band. I was extremely young when he passed away. I saw the coverage on the news, and watched the music video tributes they had on VH-1 and MTV. I wasn't over the age of 10; but the first time I saw the music video for Bohemian Rhapsody, after his passing, I cried.
I had no idea who he was, or anything about the illness that had taken his life. But I couldn't comprehend how someone so full of life on my television screen could have been taken away so quickly. I researched all I could on him and AIDS. I was a young girl, going through a ton of medical problems myself; and the more I found out about him, the more I found a source of inspiration. He lived his life freely. He didn't tie himself down to a specific image or genera of music. He created, and was flamboyant; yet knew what boundaries to put up to protect himself and his loved ones. He stayed true to himself, was undeterred by critics, and did what he loved until he was physically unable to.
I never met the man, but though his music and legacy; he showed this girl how to handle her own medical problems with grace, and courage. I hope, at the end of my life, I can say I did what I loved until I was physically unable to as well.