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Shubham Mittal

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Who has inspired you in your life and why?

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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    Nov 3 2013: You can find the most pure inspiration from people who do not judge you or place you in a box. This allows you to be who you really are and not conform to an idea of what or who you think you should be. These type of inspirational people tend to be at peace with themselves and look to promote thoughts of value-adding characteristics and potential of others they come in contact with throughout their lives. Shame and Fear promote closed thoughts and much less of a desire to communicate with other humans which act as a disincentive to take risks and block innovation. You will run in to many more people who will not truly inspire you because of dogma's or hang-ups they have as limited maturity individuals. They may state they are trying to inspire you, but the fact that the need to state is in and of itself an indication that they may not be inspirational unless it conforms to their way of thinking and belief system.
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      Nov 4 2013: Well said Sal! Especially your last line..."You will run in to... people who will not truly inspire you because of dogma's or hang-ups they have as limited maturity individuals. They may state they are trying to inspire you, but the fact that the need to state is in and of itself an indication that they may not be inspirational unless it conforms to their way of thinking and belief system."

      That is SO true! We see occasionally, people who are trying to save us, warn us, inform us that if we do not embrace their personal beliefs we will not be saved, or not have a good life, etc. When I see something like that, it appears to me that the person is not secure in their own beliefs, so I do not recognize it as inspirational in any way, shape or form!

      There are many people who have inspired me throughout the life adventure, and my mom keeps popping up as the one who inspired me the most. First of all, she had the opportunity to inspire me from the time I was a wee little lass. Secondly, she honestly, genuinely, walked her talk with integrity, joy, humor, compassion, empathy, respect for herself and others, while encouraging me to "be" all that I could "be" in the life adventure, with open heart and mind....all embraced with unconditional love:>)

      This looks like your first comment on TED Sal.....welcome to TED conversations!
  • Nov 3 2013: The limited response is not indicative of the quality of the question. It is just a very diffuclt and personal question.
    People will find their inspiratioon in many different places because everyone is different and consequently what is inspirational to me might mean nothing to to anyone else.
    If you want inspiration the best bit of advice I have seen was to "try and move past cynicism". Probably means nothing to most other people. Good Luck!
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    Oct 30 2013: my dream for to be real after my leaving of it for a real life which is waiting for it.
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    Oct 29 2013: Well, I'm probably most interested in the ideas of the Masai people of Kenya. I don't know that they actively seek to inspire, they just live a life that seems desirable to me, that's somewhat different from many lives, and I've gotten some life direction from it.

    If you don't know much about them, their whole life is organized around cows. They don't have a large variety of jobs like most societies, in Masai every man is a dairy farmer, and every woman is a dairy wife. Dairy farming seems like a very healthy, wholesome way of life, so I want to follow it. Also, the Masai only eat food from their cows, only milk and beef, no bread, fruit, or vegetables. I believe this is a healthy and delicious way of eating.
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    Nov 3 2013: Brother Roger, founding abbott of the Taizé community (1915-2005); and George Muller (1805-1898). Both these men followed their divine hearts and great achievements grew up around them. They were both supreme exemplars that if you want to get something of lasting value achieved in the material world, then it starts with cultivating the inner life.
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    Oct 29 2013: Yoda & Gandalf - just because