I believe it is very important to have idols in life or things that inspire you. Failures or disappointments can be like a quicksand pulling you down deeper before you lose the will to fight. Inspirations are a wonderful way to get out of these quagmires, prevent yourself from worldly noises and remain focused on your true goals. As you grow older, get engrossed in responsibilities at home and work, it gets harder to stay connected with yourself (yes, I mean you connecting with yourself). Find time to just think about yourself and what brings you joy. Think about things that truly make you happy.
Inspirations are also wonderful drivers. Any time I read an article about Steve Jobs, I get fired up. I read few blogs that make me feel optimistic after a rough day. I had Mona Lisa poster in my previous apartment, it is amusing how creative it made me feel every time I looked at it peacefully. Do yourself a favor and find your passion. Then find an idol who perfected this interest of yours. Read about her, follow her journey, remind it to yourself whenever things look downhill.
And, today, on occassion of Steve Jobs’ birthday, I thought I should encourage my readers to build their inspiration list as well. Here are some of my idols – Gandhi, Steve Jobs, Sampras, Federer, Ayn Rand, Ghalib, Shakespeare, Da Vinci and literally Lord Krisna and above all, my Dad. And some of my favorite inspirational objects – Shawshank Redemption, Fountainhead/Atlas Shrugged, Mona Lisa, Ramayana, few songs. Phew, even mentioning them makes me feel blessed.
So, what inspires you?