The easiest way to inspire someone…

“Be Yourself. Everyone else is taken.” – Oscar Wilde

As I look back on the past year I realize how many different people inspired me. I was inspired to write more on my blog. To finally send in that book proposal. And to start projects I usually never would have followed through with…

When I look back on each person who inspired me, there was one thing they all have in common: I could see who they really were and what they were passionate about. In short: They were not afraid to be themselves.

They weren’t trying to inspire me. They weren’t pressing the issue. They were just there…with their words, with their voice, and with their beliefs.

As a teacher and writer I often think about what it takes to inspire and motivate someone to action. But it’s not some difficult equation. The easiest way to inspire someone is to be yourself, and let them know what you stand for…

Now for the tricky part: What do you stand for? I’d love to know in the comments.

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  • What do I stand for? Optimism, AJ. 😀
    Enjoy all you have – all the time. Let it show by letting others know through your smiles. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts! Here’s to a great 2014!

    • I am passionate about transforming education. I am passionate about incorporating 21st Century Skills and technology into education. I am passionate about empowering students to change the world and become altruistic lifelong learners.

      I have been inspired by your work so much A.J.! Thank you for everything you do!

      • Thanks Oliver that means a ton coming from you. Keep on teaching your passion!

    • Thanks Joy! That is a great lesson to live by!

  • Great advice and so true it is. Just wrote a blog post myself on the importance of staying motivated as a teacher earlier this morning. So important to stay motivated and inspired ourselves.

    Thanks for you post!

    • Thanks Andy! And great post by the way, thanks for sharing!


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