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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 12 2013: I feel motivation about my “retirement work” when helping others.
    Inspiration gives me my ideas.Meteorically speaking, the old saying goes like this:
    Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day.
    Teach them how to fish and you feed them for a life time.
    My addition to this old saying is:
    “Teach a person how to teach fishing and you feed the world forever.”

    The fish metaphor could be replaced with the words free solar electric from the sun. The Sun charges electric batteries which run generators that heats sea water. This sea water is pumped, using electric pumps. Sea water is pumped through electric heated pipes. These hot pipes turn the sea water into steam which rises automatically and thus can escape into other pipes and then the steam cools and turns into clean water and is dropped into different pipes. Large pips could run from California to Texas. Lots of sun and vacant land in those 2,000 miles AND the sea at both ends!
    OBJECTION: Big oil and other companies want to make this idea so complicated that it’s too big to understand. Too big and complicated to understand only if we let politicians make the decisions of what we are capable of understanding. Politicians want to pump oil from Canada to Texas and college student are so stupid and or preoccupied texting that they can’t organize will enough to make a reasonable objection let along an idea of their own. Today’s students have bought into the idea/propaganda that they are smarter than my no internet protesting generation.
    Carl G. Mueller http://www.view911.blogspot.com

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