Today's activity is to think about those people who inspire you and what about them makes them inspirational to you. I do this exercise several times throughout the year because it serves as a compass to the life I'm desiring to create. When I see what I admire in someone else or in their lives it provides an example for me to watch and learn from to help me develop some goals to attain what I see in their lives.
3-5 People who inspire me & why:
Richard Branson - Richard tops my list every time. I admire and aspire to be the type of business person he is. Richard doesn't seek balance between work and personal life - he integrates both and by doing so lives the lifestyle that I feel is true abundance and a great example for me both to know it is possible and to examine how he accomplishes it.
I also admire Richard for the way in which he runs his businesses, and treats the people who work with and for him. He is generous, gracious and open to new ideas all while maintaining a strong sense of leadership and responsibility for all outcomes of business decisions.
Oprah Winfrey - Oprah serves as an example of what is possible with determination and belief. She has not let anything stop her from setting amazing goals and reaching them. I admire how Oprah has built her empire on her connection with people and her authentic caring.
The businesses Oprah has built are meaningful and provide service to others all while allowing her to surround herself with those she loves and admires.
Barack & Michelle Obama -Political opinions aside, I admire each of these individuals for so many reasons. I think they have mastered grace under pressure and appear not to hold any bad feelings against those who have mistreated them or in any way been unkind.
I also admire their community driven spirit while still creating an abundant financial life for themselves and their family. The more people do well while "doing good" it proves to me that it is possible to have a for profit, for purpose business model to remain true to my desires without compromising a successful business.
Mark Cuban -Mark is a hardcore business man, however he has a very strong moral compass. I am always grateful to see examples of such successful people with strong values which are paramount to how they do business.
Mark is very concerned about everyone that works for him and is quick to include changes to his business that will benefit the employees; he is loyal to them and therefore merits their loyalty as well.
He also is a rags to riches example as many of my mentors are. I am grateful for their success as it shows me what is possible.
Vishan Lakhiani - This is a name many may not recognize, however he has become a strong voice in my life over the past two years as the Founder & CEO of Mindvalley. One of the things I admire tremendously about Vishan is his ability to take a setback and create possibility from it.
I additionally admire his ability to collaborate with so many brilliant minds. Vishan has helped me create of vision of a version of the island retreat center I wish to create. I have watched him develop his community over the years and there is so much for me to learn from what he has created.
This list could go on and on, which is why I do it often throughout the year. The act of taking time to really assess why someone is an inspiration helps identify the individual traits and provides clues and inspiration.
I hope you've enjoyed this exercise and look forward to any of your comments on my list, or if you wish to share your list with the community here.