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Thank you for writing this post. People who inspire us need all the encouragement they can get. Leading is difficult, especially when the person leading champions something innovative, original, and daring. Without those who can inspire us to move in the face of the new and unfamiliar, human beings would still be living in caves.

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Thank you for writing this post. People who inspire us need all the encouragement they can get. Leading is difficult, especially when the person leading champions something innovative, original, and daring. Without those who can inspire us to move in the face of the new and unfamiliar, human beings would still be living in caves.

Richard Michie

A very inspiring piece in it's own right. Reading through the book and loving every page. Even the typesetting is perfect, Zen in everyway.

Jeremiah Hill

Great stuff. I struggle with that suspicion of inspiration every day---which is sort of sad since I'm a teacher, but that's part of what's wrong with the educational culture in the US. I have no idea whether it's similar in other countries.

Paul Montwill | SharingMatters.com

Garr, nice post. It is challanging to be an achiever as many people will try to bring you down (usually are the ones who don't move from their couch).

Good point: Never apologize for your enthusiasm, passion, or vision.
Too many times I felt guily for being enthusiastic and passioned. But as you say, inspiration needs to end with actions.

"...cause were living in a world of fools
Breaking us down
When they all should let us be"

RG

Spot on! Very early in my career, I had a senior manager tell me, with a grave and obviously disapproving expression, "You are very passionate in presenting your view." Some other well-meaning folks actually advised me to hide my enthusiasm.

Fortunately, two decades have failed to reform me.

Peter Lynch

Garr, you continue to capture amazing thoughts in your posts...nice work!

If you have ever worked for someone, then you have experienced this. It is good to keep the perspective that if people are trying to hold you down or marginalize you; it is probably because you are doing the right thing.

Kudos!

MJO

A few days ago I was watching Bill Moyers Journal, one of the few intelligent talk shows on U.S. tv. Bill was interviewing Sarah Chayes, former NPR reporter who has lived and worked in Afghanistan since shortly after 9/11, helping to rebuild their society. Near the end of the interview that portrayed her experiences working under seemingly impossible circumstances, Moyers commented that we sometimes walk a thin line between hope and folly. Ms. Chayes' answer left a big impression on me:

"I don't think that hope is relevant. I think determination is all that counts. You just have to try. It doesn't matter if you hope you're going succeed or not. You have to keep trying."

The transcript and video of the interview are available here:

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/02222008/profile2.html

Ben

Actually, I think they say "all hat and no cattle" down in Texas. That means you're a fake cowboy. No saddle would mean you're a tough cowboy, I guess.

Not that this has anything to do with the meat of your excellent article. . .

Pat

What a great post! I needed that because I am feeling anxiety about a presentation that I have to give tomorrow night. I will read this again right before it is time.

Justin Knabb

Outstanding post! Thanks for writing what so many of us have been thinking throughout this entire Obama campaign. Whether one supports Obama or not, his "movement for change" and overall message of hope is a true breath of fresh air. Leadership is about connecting with others, and Barack Obama has been outstanding at this. In his own words, "in defense" of his inspirational movement:

"We've been warned against offering the people of this great nation false hope. But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope."

esteiro2000

Just wanted to mention that if haven't had your dose of inspiration today then seek out this clip of Dustin Carter. http://rosstraining.com/blog/?p=227
Thanks for your post.

Pamela Slim

So well said Garr, and so true!

I had a client a number of years ago that used to berate me for being "too positive and supportive." Ironically, this was in teaching presentation skills. There was another instructor that I would team teach with occasionally who fit more of what he was looking for: she was condescending, rude and sometime outright cruel in her critique of beginner students.

My client felt she was the model to aspire to. I could never do it, and stuck to my guns. Over time he came around to my perspective when he saw better results from the students, and better reviews of my class. I think life is filled with enough people who try to take you down. When working with someone, why not try to help them from a place of inspiration? I have never known fear to be a powerful source of SUSTAINED great performance. Sooner or later, you crack under the stress.

Many of the "bozos" you describe are just acting out of their own fear. It is good to treat them with humility, but stand strong in your conviction that love and hope truly do conquer all.

Thanks for the great reminder!

the Weir

Nice one, Garr.

Really appreacite you framing these observations and keeping it balanced. I echo Pamela's sentiment of treating *bozos" with humility - we can all be operating based on what our experiences have been.

Anyway, thanks.


FromIllinoisandDisInspired

Inspiration is important, but so is substance. There's nothing so discouraging, i.e. the anti-inspiration, as to discover something or someone is all talk and no walk!

I'm from Illinois and active in politics. I have first hand experience as his poorly served consitutent.

When you call Obama's office he can't take a position because it goes against his "see which way the wind is blowing" "offend no one" "take no position" triangulation. Call his office on the day of an important vote and his staff can't tell you IF he will vote or what his vote will be.

If you wanted to know how he was going to vote on funding the war in Iraq in '05 or '06 and you'd get a bunch of 9 pages of gobbledeygook about who knows what but you can't tell what's his position was before he voted for funding the war. No joke! I have the 9 page blah blah blah response still.

Inspiration works best when it's backed by substance!

I WISH we had better candidates running for president because we need a real leader. Obama, Clinton, McCain, and the rest are a disgraceful excuse for what this country has to offer.

Fancy shmancy words and no spine doesn't make a leader. Obama is fluff.

Lisa Braithwaite

I feel lucky that I've always been an optimistic, positive, encouraging and inspiring speaker and educator, and I've never been berated or judged (at least to my face!) for those qualities.

There are enough naysayers in the world. I vote for more optimists!

I just wrote a short article about the difference between a speaker who inspires temporarily and a speaker who inspires the audience to take action for change. It's about giving value along with inspiration:
http://www.coachlisab.com/value0208.html#article

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