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Who has inspired you in your life and why?

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zoiley29 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 12, 2010 at 6:16 AM via web

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Who has inspired you in your life and why?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 12, 2010 at 8:53 AM (Answer #2)

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In searching for inspiration, I would pose that someone who inspires is someone who has the ability to articulate what can be as opposed to what is.  When I examine the figures of inspiration in my own life, I am struck by their ability to articulate and envision a world of what can be in contrast to what is.  I think that inspirational figures can expand an individual's moral imagination and capacity for what can be done.  For figures of inspiration, I would search for individuals like this, figures that can expand one's abilities and capacity for greatness in all forms.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 12, 2010 at 10:04 AM (Answer #3)

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I do not think any one person inspired me greatly.  My parents, of course, helped me want to make something of myself, but the did not inspire me in the sense that I looked at them and said "Because of you, I want to do X."

More recently, my children inspire me to want to be as good of a role model for them as I can possibly be.  At the moment, I think they are a major source of inspiration for me.

But overall, I get inspiration from a desire to be the best I can be, not from a desire to emulate someone else.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted January 12, 2010 at 10:29 AM (Answer #4)

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I am inspired most by my parents, brothers and sisters. The reason for this are quite obvious. I observed them and knew them ever since I was born. It was very natural for me as a young child to get impressed by even their minor achievement, and want to follow in their footsteps. Besides they took special care to inculcate in me skills, habits and ideas, that I have found very useful in my later life.

I do not want to claim that my parents, brothers and sisters are better than the average people. That would sound very egoistic. But I think there is nothing wrong in saying that I developed a liking for these particular type of people from an early age, and therefor, I tend to judge them as much better than the average.

Just to give you an example of the extent to which I have been inspired by my parents I would like to tell you that just because my father was an engineer and a consultant, from a very young age I wanted to become an engineer and a consultant, and this desire of mine must have contributed substantially to my ultimately studying engineering and becoming a management consultant.

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lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted January 12, 2010 at 4:44 PM (Answer #5)

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I turned 12 in 1968, and went from an elementary school to a combination junior/senior high school. All of a sudden, I went from a protected, child-like existence to one in which the boys who were not going to college the next year were probably going to Vietnam. My inspiration was an entire generation of people 5-15 years older than myself, who were changing everything I saw around me--civil rights, women's rights, anti-war, and ecological awareness, all thrown at me at once. I changed into someone my parents did not know how to deal with at first, and it was definitely a good thing. Always question the status quo!

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted January 12, 2010 at 7:04 PM (Answer #6)

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I would say that my grandfather most inspired me as I was growing up. He was a man who had gone through many struggles with his health from a relatively young age and continued to have a positive outlook on life.

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hannahshychuk | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 13, 2010 at 9:13 AM (Answer #7)

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I think that a person needs grand idealized role models, as well as individuals whom one knows well in order to have a really constructive font of beneficial inspiration in life.

Along those lines, I have been inspired first and foremost by my family members, both in the way in which they carry themselves and in the way they have conducted themselves through a number of tragedies we have shared.

Beyond this, I have always been inspired by two great Americans: Ben Franklin and Abe Lincoln. Both were self-made men, great successes both publically and privately and men of more depth than the tycoon who comes from nothing.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted January 15, 2010 at 10:05 AM (Answer #8)

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My three daughters inspire me because somehow, in this day and age, when girls are pulled a thousand different directions about who they are and who they should be—these young ladies have managed to find and retain their own true identities despire what everyone else is doing.

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epollock | Valedictorian

Posted January 16, 2010 at 4:58 AM (Answer #9)

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My parents inspired me the most. My mother always was satisfied with what I did and my father was satisfied if I did more. It was always great to have people to support you in whatever you do.

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drmonica | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted January 18, 2010 at 7:39 PM (Answer #10)

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My grandmother on my father's side is the person who inspired me more than anyone. She thought I could do no wrong, and I have taken the confidence she inspired in me throughout my life. I can remember her explaining to me why we made the beds first thing every day when I stayed at her house: "What if Jesus were to come visiting?" I hope to be the kind of grandmother to my future grandchildren that my Grandma was to me.

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nath1 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM (Answer #11)

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I think.. Lady gaga because of her lyrics and how she is and she learned me that NORMAL doesn't excist. I mean, a lot of people can look at you and think 'what for a strange girl is that' but I don't care because, are they normal? normal is just an illusion and everyone has to be who he is and don't has to fake so they will be a part of the groupe ;)

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arrellbelle | TA , College Sophomore | Valedictorian

Posted June 8, 2014 at 10:12 PM (Answer #12)

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I believe that the person who inspires me the most would be my mother because of what she has been through growing up in a state of poverty and what she has taught me while I was growing up. She made me understand that despite barely being able to eat food once a day, the important thing was being with your family because your family will always be there for you. She has also taught me compassion, patience, and kindness. In a way, she was the physical representative of "Do unto others, what you want done to you" and her cheerfulness is something I hope to become when I grow up as well. She's a beautiful person inside and out.

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Wiggin42 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted June 27, 2014 at 6:35 PM (Answer #13)

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Inspiration can be gained from any situation. When reading a book or watching a movie or listening to a lecture. 

A person should have a open mind to look into any opportunity to get inspired. It also depends on the time and emotions we go through at a particular point of time .

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