Day 4: Capitalizing on inspiration

They say a business needs capital in order to operate. Some argue that you don’t need capital to start a business. But I disagree. Your capital doesn’t necessarily refer to your financial capability. It could be yourself, your time and energy. It could be others–your social connections. And it could be people you don’t even know–people who inspire you and motivate you to be the best person you could be.

Inspiration from Yourself

On really, really good days, I get inspired on my own. I start doing things out of the blue, checking off tasks on my to-do list, owning my creativity, writing about nature and people. It’s a beautiful moment. But it doesn’t happen all the time. You know how they say what’s rare is (almost) always beautiful?

Inspiration coming from yourself is an awesome moment. But you can’t always depend on that, especially on days when you’re just out of juice (creative juice, that is). So you look outside of yourself to find inspiration.

Inspiration from Your Social Circle

I have a friend who always reminds me that I “could” write. She’s known me for many years and she has always pushed me to write because she thinks I could. And when I would praise her for own writing, she would say I could do it better. But I’m not so sure. And I guess that’s the point of having people around you who inspire you. These beautiful people are the ones who remind you how great you are, even if you’ve lost all hope for yourself.

Inspiration from Those You Admire

If I had to write a list of the people whose writings I look forward to everyday, it might reach up to 10 people, at least. There are lots of people–writers, creatives, entrepreneurs, programmers, supermodels, etc.–whom I admire online. If you have those kinds of people you look up to, too, don’t stop at the admiration stage. Channel your inspiration from them through your work and through the things you do everyday.