Snapshots of Inspiration


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I believe that in order to lead, you must also be able to inspire.  Inspiration. When was the last time you were truly inspired?  When was the last time you were the source of someones’ inspiration?  I don’t believe (completely) in the idea of fate, or the common saying, “it was meant to be”.  However, over the past 3 days I’ve received gifts of inspiration when I didn’t expect them. Maybe I received them because I was open to them, or maybe it was just, dare I say it…fate.

Here are 3 examples of inspiration that I’ve encountered in 3 days:

  • My friends’ son, Jake Berman, is a young man who has completed his first year in college. While visiting their home, he shared his portfolio from a photography class. Whoa. Not only were the pictures breathtaking; his explanation of each shot was profound and poignant. I’ve known Jake since he was a toddler. His insight, compassion and talent have always inspired me (whether it was on the football field, helping a friend, wrestling in a district tournament or having a conversation). I’m confidant that no matter the path he chooses he will one day be a quiet leader, standing up for what’s right and making a difference.

  • On Twitter I saw a quote posted initially by @LeadToday (aka Steve Keating) that was retweeted by @ndefalco (aka Nicole DeFalco). The quote: “Talk is cheap. Action is priceless.”  Simple.  It spurred me into action.  I had grand plans all day. This simple quote helped me put those plans into action.  Then a few hours later, @MarkOOates (aka Mark Oakes) tweeted that he had a peak training session to prepare for a “half Ironman” which included a 1.5 mile swim, 60 mile bike ride and 7 mile run.  Someone buy this man a CAR! Who does all that in one day? Again, I was inspired.  I laced up my jogging shoes and went for a run. For the record, I jogged just a bit more than he swam.  I didn’t want to show him up. I’m cool like that. These people lead by wisdom and example.
  • On Facebook, a friend posted this video. If you do not give this video 4 minutes of your attention it will be your complete loss. I will let it speak for itself.

What are you doing to inspire others?  Where have you found inspiration in unlikely places?  How do you incorporate inspiration into your leadership behaviors?  We would love to hear your thoughts on inspiration as an element of leadership and as one of the gifts of life.

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Jen Kuhn
Jennifer Kuhn is a talented, energetic and enthusiastic consultant, trainer and speaker. She has provided thousands of employees, coaches and executives with guidance while they work to enhance their professional skill development. Jen's approach has been hailed by participants who were initially skeptical or resistant. Her unique and non-threatening style wins over the most jaded employee that allows them to learn and grow within their organization.


  1. Jen, thanks for this message.

    I love the topic of Inspiration. I agree too with you about leading requires inspiration.

    There is a difference in Inspiration and Motivation. Motivation is someone lifting up your spirit (usually temporary). Inspiration is someone igniting a fire inside you so that you lift your own spirit. As a leader, inspiration is so much more powerful and long lasting.

    My 2 cents,

    Gene Hammett
    Business Coach in Atlanta


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