A favourite question for journalists and magazine quizzes is “Who or what inspires you?”
For me that inspiration comes watching someone really push toward their dream.
Whether it’s an Olympic athlete, someone renovating an old house or an injured person relearning to walk, I feel that tingle. If they can do it, if they can keep pushing, then we all have that potential.
Wherever it’s found, you see the determination, energy and drive it takes for them to overcome their fears and keep moving forward.
They celebrate each inch that they creep down the long road that holds their dream. It keeps them going. It’s a shining beacon that they aim for. They climb over obstacles and push off rejection to reach it.
Some people seem to find that dream early; they train, practice or study. They put in their 10,000 hours and become an expert.
Most of us find a dream later, with a bit of life behind us, an understanding of who we are and what we value.
What do you dream of?
Here are two ads that try to borrow some of that inspiration. They do it differently and associate their brand with the dream in different ways.
Does either one leave you inspired?
Misty Copeland for Under Armour
Jot a note in the box below, I’d love to hear what you think.