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Gunjan Ghimire

spoken word artist, Spoken Word Nepal

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What is more important: inspiration or motivation?

There are lot of people who are an inspiration. Motivation on the other hand is achieved when you journey through yourself. Inspiration can even come out of a plastic bottle but motivation can only come out of self analysis.

So, what is bigger factor for success? Motivation or Inspiration? Can motivation come from the outside? Can motivation exist without inspiration or can inspiration exist without motivation?


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  • Oct 11 2013: It is difficult to quantify such things; rarely does one exist without the other. However, if I had to chose, if I was forced. I believe that it is motivation that keeps one focused on the end state. Motivation keeps us going when the work truly becomes hard. Inspiration is the spark that sets one on the path, it is fleeting at best and as inspired as one maybe in the end, if there is no motivation to finish then what was the inspiration for? As an artist I look to my inspirations to give me that spark, the send off if you will. However, it is my motivation the drives me to completion. As a Sergeant in the Army, Inspiration will rally my Soldiers to the cause, but motivation keeps them fighting when the bullets start flying.
    Motivation can come for the outside, as a leader I motivate my soldiers to complete the mission. It is partly how the Army defines leadership. Leaders provide direction, purpose and motivation. However I have found that without some kind of internal motivation no amount of prodding or coercion will make an unmotivated Soldier perform any task. At some level motivation must come from within the individual.
    I think to sum up the last part of your question I would have to say that inspiration can exist without motivation. One can be inspired, but never act on it. In that sense he or she lacks motivation. On the other hand one can be motivated to do something but not know what it is they wish to do. I have heard many people say “I want to do something, but I don’t know what. Just something.” Is this motivation without inspiration or is it simply a drive to be productive out of boredom? However, one cannot motivate themselves into inspiration. Trust me I have tried. As much as I wish for inspiration to strike while I sit in front of a canvas with wet paints in hand or at my computer looking at the heading “chapter 2”, my genius chooses its own time to grace me its presents.Inspiration is spontaneous and unpredictable striking like lighting.
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      Oct 13 2013: Interesting James, just to put it into perspective, motivation is more on the outside while inspiration finds its roots deep within your heart. Yes you can motivate people into doing something but that doesn't show them how. They know what to do but they don't know how to do it. Motivation just tickles you into doing something while inspiration gives you the tools and the know-how to successfully achieve your endeavor.

      For more on this please see the comment I posted, it's somewhere top of the page.

      Interesting topic indeed..

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