The definition of inspiration: something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create.
According to psychologists Todd M. Marsh and Andrew Elliot, there are three core aspects of inspiration: evocation, transcendence, and approach motivation. Translated into layman’s terms:
- We have no clue where inspiration will come from.
- There are moments when we are not thinking rationally and yet there is complete clarity.
- Don’t hesitate! Grab hold of these surprising moments and put them into action.
In other words, inspiration is not just the act of being inspired, but actually taking inspiration and putting it into action!
As professionals, we are constantly searching for inspiration, asking ourselves questions like
- What do I want to achieve?
- What do I want to be?
- What do I need to do to get there?
We tend to gravitate toward those who have done it before, who have blazed the trail allowing us to challenge ourselves. Trailblazers show us how to embrace the fear of the unknown and inspire us to pursue ventures outside our comfort zone. We read their writing, listen to their voices, and try to work together with them in order to find our own inspiration.
Inspiration lies at the core of Maven. You could say we’re in the Inspiration Business. Rather than acting as the source of inspiration, however, we connect those who have the ability to inspire with those who seek it. Whether it is a product manager trying to find new ways to monitor blood glucose levels or an engineer revitalizing her company’s manufacturing operations, Maven is helping to find the sources of inspiration that lead to solutions and change. If you lack inspiration and want to take a leap, give us a call.