Motivations and Inspirations


Where do you get your inspiration from?

Since starting my own business one of the things I’ve found most difficult to deal with is finding my own motivation and inspirations.  As a coach, this is something that I do on a daily basis to support other people, but when it comes back to me – well its just plain hard.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot.  And at the same time thinking about new business start ups, particularly women you may have seen my blog post “Its Women’s Business” a few weeks ago.  I’m in the process of pulling together some interviews of business women from different backgrounds and trying to understand where their motivations and inspirations come from.

And just yesterday I was driving to a meeting whilst listening to radio 2 and they were interviewing Daraine Mulvihill who is one of the presenters for Channel 4 for the para-Olympics.  Daraine a former cross country runner lost the lower part of her legs at the age of 16 following illness and is now starting to use blades claiming Oscar Pistorius to be part of her inspiration.  Yet for me, Daraine herself is inspirational – certainly from a perspective that sometimes I lack the motivation to switch on my laptop.

Yesterday on the radio she talked about how she didn’t think she would have achieved her current levels of success as a cross country runner and that being forced to rethink her career has worked well for her.


For me her story reminds me that anything can be achieved when you believe in yourself, we have to push through the tough bits along the way and stay focused on being the best we can be.

What success do you really want to achieve?
Please feel free to share other inspirational stories about you or someone you’ve heard about by commenting below.  I’d love to hear all about them.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. San
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 20:13:57

    Getting up Great End. My inspiration is Spencer West & his summit of Kilimanjaro. Am planning my team & equipment and building my upper body strength to achieve this next year. Would love you both to be part of my journey. Will you come with me?


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