Sometimes, I used to think what exactly is inspiration? I looked in the dictionary and thesaurus and found out that inspiration is similar with vision (which most people have), genius (hmm…maybe only a chosen few of us are), and also it’s synonymous to influence (now, this really depends on the person and circumstances).

But how do you define inspiration– is it something you do, see, hear, taste or smell? Is it anything which any of your five senses can perceive?

Inspiration is an abstract concept or idea. It has spiritual connotations as well as practical connotations. It is some person, event, or thing that can inspire the mind, emotions, and/or the body to a higher level of feelings or activity.

Did you see the movie “As Good As It Gets”? At one point in the movie Jack Nicholson says to the woman, “You make me want to be a better man.” She inspired him – made him want to be the best he could be.

In other words, Inspiration is something that positively affects the person and becomes the source of encouragement, OR; Something that stimulates the person in his inspiration.

Inspiration is the impact of a particular object on a person. The man gets impressed by someone which then becomes his motivation. This inspiration give confidence and strength at every step and overwhelms the person. It is his continuous support and seeds on him. A person’s inspiration can be anything, it may be another person, thing or nature. Anything can have its influence on a person. And this inspiration varies from person to person.

And real inspiration can be compared to a fingerprint, different for every person. For instance I get my motivation from the different types of music that we have around us. We were out walking in a rainforest one time and I brought along my camera as usual. Then, we came to a nearby clearing and we decided to sit awhile and bask in the relaxing atmosphere that surrounds us. Nature really has some of the greatest and the most original and best pieces of art for those of us that truly take time to notice. As for me, I started to take note all the things I can utilize in my work…the rough edges of the rocks, the shape and majesty of the trees, the grandeur and contour of the heavenly clouds.

However, my friend Jessah just sat down still while listening to the gay birds chirping, the subtle rustle of the leaves, and feeling the cool breeze over the mountains. She actually wanted to work out how to represent everything she absorbs in her music so that other people too would feel as what we did that day. Therefore, same feeling, different people, same atmosphere or setting, different focus-the common denominator is we were both inspired. For an artist like me, I am asked oftentimes where I get the needed inspiration for my work. So instead of my head, I can look into my heart for the answer to that.

Then, the best that I can come up with is anything that moves me as a person, fosters and animates me to do and prod me to do something that I enjoy and love doing. As to where inspiration could be found, well, that’s actually an easy one. If you want inspiration or need it that bad, look around you! It could be found wherever you go and just open your eyes to perceive it. Inspiration can be found everywhere. The universe can always provide something for you. But if you’re waiting for it to strike you like a flash of lightning, well, I suggest that you rely on yourself to get you off your cute little tush and go and look around to find the things to inspire you to lead you into the pathway to your destiny.

Inspiration is after all that very thing which makes you chase your dreams. It’s that blissful and exciting feeling that you get when your heart glides and your soul is moved.

Every individual has its own source of encouragement/inspiration.
Nature is the biggest inspiration for almost every man.

What is your experience with Inspiration?

Welcome to the World of Art: It’s Not Science

Some friends and I spent all day and evening in DAVV. Mostly we went to visit ICH, but of course no trip is complete without visiting Rockefeller Center to join the hordes around the christmas tree and skating rink. And then onto Times Square for a few beers and a few more single malts….

But what struck me most occurred at ICH, amongst the ghosts of Klee and Monet. Thousands of people from several generations wandered throughout the galleries, eagerly taking in the world’s greatest art and artists. What shook me most is that this represented my third visit in the last year, and not once have I been lured by a direct mail piece, a banner ad, a post card, an e-mail or any of the countless marketing vehicles that we so covet.
So what’s going on here? Is it possible that we have this marketing thing all wrong?
As mentioned in an earlier post, we seem fascinated by our tools and driven to use them. And yet places such as ICH and in our world Starbucks, seldom apply these tools. Instead they invest their energies in creating unforgettable experiences. Some fail but most work. Who can argue with the numbers represented by happy and full galleries and 40 million cups of espresso sold every day?
Maybe, just maybe, we should apply fewer tools (science) on behalf of our clients and spend more time on discussing the values and philosophy underpinning our client’s business. Discover what makes each of them special to their markets and focus that specialness to create great experiences (art).
In other words, let’s live up to our consultant titles and help our clients create atmospheres and environments that shake their Christmas tree, and then unwrap the packages below. Doing so will spark customer and client passions (more art).
If we build and share our passions with others, like art and artists, people will come to see what we have built.