When you think of people who have been inspiring to others, who do you think of? Perhaps a business titan like Steve Jobs? Or, maybe you think of someone who devoted their life to charity work, like Mother Theresa.
But this week’s #MTtalk chat is all about the “ordinary” people who inspire us – and how they do it.
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When: October 11, @1pm EDT (5pm GMT / 10:30pm IST)
Topic: Inspiring Others by Simply Being
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
– John Wooden, American College Basketball Coach
Don’t Leave Inspiring to Others
I recently read a book that truly inspired me, about all the teachers one boy had growing up. Darren was often the smallest boy in his class. His parents were poor, his school uniform didn’t always fit perfectly. He wasn’t good at sport and often felt like the odd one out.
What Darren had, though, was a brilliant mind. And he had a gift for speaking, and for singing, and a love of people. However, as a small boy he didn’t know that yet. It took ordinary teachers, going about their work with extraordinary love and care, to unlock his gifts.
Darren writes about how his teachers had such an impact on him, it would last a lifetime. Thinking back about the book, I don’t recall reading about any one of them who did anything huge or extraordinary. Instead, their greatness was in their way of being.
These teachers were passionate about teaching the young Darren. They spoke affirming words, acknowledged his strengths, and encouraged him to always do his best.
Little Things, Big Impression
Darren experienced how their kindness changed him. He knew that they wanted the best for him. Such was the impression those teachers left, Darren decided he wanted to become a teacher, too.
Today, Darren August is a corporate trainer, coach and motivational speaker. He’s passionate about helping others unleash their potential, because he was inspired by teachers who helped him to unleash his.
His book made me think of ordinary people in my life who have
inspired me, and still do. I have a colleague whose extraordinary journey of
self-discovery is a major inspiration to be the best version of me that I can
Another colleague coped with a life-threatening disease. She was so calm and positive and approached everything in the most practical way she could. She taught me you can handle anything with the right attitude.
Being the Best You, You Can
And one of my best friends started a new life with nothing but a vision, a strong work ethic and the willingness to learn. None of those are extraordinary talents, but the way he put them to work was both extraordinary and inspiring.
During our #MTtalk Twitter chat this week, we’re going to talk about inspiring others by just “being.” It’s not necessarily about being the best in the world, or the greatest or the richest, but about being the very best version of yourself.
In our Twitter poll, we asked, “What characteristic in people most inspires you?” Resilience was top of the log at 43 percent, while only ten percent of participants voted for generosity. See the results here.
We’d love you to participate in the chat, and the following questions may inspire you!
Has anyone ever inspired you to significantly change your life, just by who they were? What was their role in your life?
How can being inspired change a person’s life?
Whose words have inspired you, and how?
Do you have to go beyond the call of duty to be inspiring?
In what ways have you inspired others?
In what ways do you feel a sense of responsibility when inspiring others?
We’ve also compiled a list of resources for you to browse that should get you thinking.
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How to join
Follow us on Twitter to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the action this Friday! We’ll be tweeting out 10 questions during our hour-long chat. To participate in the chat, type #MTtalk in the Twitter search function. Then, click on “All Tweets” and you’ll be able to follow the live chat feed. You can join the chat by using the hash tag #MTtalk in your responses.