Am I Motivated or Inspired?

Kit Gupta
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As a writer of two books in the self-improvement genre, I’ve heard numerous questions from my audiences about how one can improve themselves. But no one had ever asked something so peculiar. I’ll transcribe the submitted question verbatim.

“There is so much talk about motivation everywhere. There are motivational speakers a dime-a-dozen and they all want to inspire us. My question is, what is the difference between being motivated and being inspired, or are they the same?”

Before I present my views on a question like this, I would first like to point out how the modern day motivation has transformed over decades and then  I would like to address the key distinction between being motivated and being inspired.

In my quest of  motivational videos and lectures on Youtube® I devoured lectures from speakers of the 30’s—when the wave of the motivation industry was starting to emerge—to the most recent posted lectures by motivational speakers. The time when renowned speakers like Brian Tracy, Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar to name a few, had an astronomical emphasis on one thing—creating wealth. They wrote and spoke primarily about how to become a successful in making money, practices to triple your income, strategies for wealth and happiness. Juxtapose the motivational teaching of the generation from 1930’s with today’s motivational speakers, and I find a stark difference. The focus of the modern day gurus like Tony Robbins, Robin Sharma, and the iconic Oprah is motivating people to find meaning, to find purpose of their life. The notion of just creating wealth in one’s life has taken a back seat. This is not to say that we don’t want to learn how to triple our income or become wealthy. Wealth is still important for many of us, it just fell a few rungs down the ladder when it came to what is more important to many of us. The evidence of this is in the millennial generation not falling in the footsteps of the baby-boomers and giving their entire life to one company to make a paycheck and enjoying the perks of retirement. Today’s millennials hop from one job to another because they quickly experience discontentment in their profession. The plethora of apps, products, and services using modern technology is evidence of how  millennials are keen on doing something other than work an eight-to-five.  There is no doubt that today we have motivational speakers a dime-a-dozen but it’s also important to note the difference on what they’re focus on teaching us.

Coming on to the question about the difference between motivation and inspiration? Or are they both same? The root of the word motivation is in the latin word “movere.” It literally means to move. To take action is to be motivated. However, inspiration the origin of which is also latin word “inspirato” meaning in-spirit.  I believe we can look at these two as a cause-and-effect. When you feel something from within, when you feel it in your spirit, you’re inspired. Inspiration is the driver that causes you to take action and act upon whatever it is that you feel inspired to do. For most of us, we use the two words “motivation” and “inspiration” interchangeably. But truly they’re very distinct. So next time when you’re reading the success story of an entrepreneur ask you’re self: Am I motivated or inspired?

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Finding Your Attitude Indicator

In flight dynamics an important concept is taught called “Attitude Indicator.” Also known by other names like Gyro Indicator, Attitude Director Indicator to name a few, this instrument is used to tell the pilot of the orientation of the aircraft with reference to the ground among other things. The pilot keeps a constant check on the Attitude Indicator during take-off, landing and throughout the flight. Obviously, I’ve over simplified the explanation and the science behind it. But my goal is to help you understand how there is an “Attitude Indicator” that we all have within us, which we all use or could use while we navigate through the journey of personal relationships, professional careers, and social lives.

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Right from our childhood, our behavior with our friends, relatives, and everywhere we go is under constant scrutiny by our parents. Bad attitude is brought to our attention right away and we’re told to correct it. Good attitude is (generally) rewarded with praise among other things.

By adolescence most of us are capable of distinguishing between good and bad attitude. In school and college we pay close attention to our attitude as well as the attitude of others. By now we know how to distinguish between people with good and bad attitude. We tend to be friends with the ones who fall in our good attitude classification and often stay away from the one’s who we see to have a bad attitude. Later, we use our Attitude Indicator with most people in our professions, personal relationships, our friends and acquaintances.

So what is your Attitude Indicator? What does it look like? Obviously, it’s not like a physical gauge with numbers and needles like the one used in flight dynamics. The indicator you carry within you is intangible. Your Attitude Indicator is the feelings you experience. A good attitude indicates the feeling of positivity. You experience this when you or someone you’re in the presence of possesses good attitude. Whereas, a clear indicator of a bad attitude is the feeling of negativity.

Whether you choose to have a good or bad attitude in any domain of your life, it is not something that you decide based on the events that transpire in your life or the people that you’re around. Your choice is independent of the external circumstances. Without a doubt, your attitude is your choice and not something governed by your environment.

You and I all use our Attitude Indicator to learn, monitor and even transform our attitude as well as understand the attitude of others. Watch this in-depth video about attitude from the author. Click here

Think Philosophy Is Useless? Think Again

“I need to be practical and not philosophical in life if have to get things done. If the whole world becomes philosophical, all that we’ve achieved with science today would still be a dream for mankind. All I have to say is, philosophy is just B.S.! Cheers!”

The vice president of marketing raised his tall clear glass half-filled with German Pilsner and a Duchenne smile on his face. With a dreamy look and a pretentious smile on my face, I clang my glass, then glanced at the shimmering light on the soft ripples of the Elbe river flowing below the restaurant I was dining at with my coworkers in Hamburg.

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For years I ruminated over what was said about philosophy that night, and I concluded that philosophy is not B.S. In fact, philosophy drives our lives. It may have gotten a negative connotation attached to it because of those who think that philosophers are just dreamers—those who ponder life while staring at the stars and the moon— unlike the observational, experimental, and inferential approach that science takes. Thought or reasoning—that’s also a meaning of philosophy.

Undoubtedly, we all participate in thought and reasoning in every domain and on every day of our lives. Think of the strategic placement of products in specific locations in shopping malls, retail outlets, and grocery stores. That’s philosophy. It’s based on the thoughts of shoppers (gender, age, etc.). The digital display of ads that pop up in your browser is philosophy based on what you search and click on. There are innumerable examples I could give to elucidate that you and I use philosophy in our relationships, professions, and social lives every day.

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Author Kit Gupta: iExcel Event Los Angeles

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No matter what background, nationality, race or any other labels you identify yourself with, everyone desires to create a life beyond the ordinary. Whether it is your personal relationship, professional career, social life, or just relationship with yourself, your innate desire is to become better than what you did and better than what you do. That’s living beyond the ordinary!

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Build your own unique strategy by using a universal principle implemented in corporations around the world to improve their metrics. You can use the same strategy in your personal relationships, or professional career to create change and accomplish whatever you desire.
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The desire to want or not want change in profession and personal life is more than wanting something different. Creating an understanding of the reasons that drive you to desire change is the fundamental step most commonly missed when looking for something different in profession and relationships.
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