On any day, my mother will be my greatest source of inspiration. Her industry, hard work, sense of humor, faith in God and optimism is unrivaled. Add to that her ever present smile. For 21 years that I stayed with her there was never a day that she forgot to wear her smile. Now I don’t get to see her that often but I can always ‘hear’ her smile on the other end of the phone line. The greatest thing I inherited from my mother is faith in the Almighty God and a sense of optimism.
What my mother taught me;
- There is a God somewhere and He is ALWAYS watching over you.
- Don’t worry about a thing. If it was meant to be it will find its way.
Thank God for my mother. I couldn’t have had a better one.
The Ben Carson story is simply amazing. He moved from being the ‘dumbest’ kid in class to become one of the world’s most celebrated medical doctors. Again, you see the power of a mother to change the destiny of a little boy.
The thing about Dr. Carson that inspires me the most is that he is ever so aware of God’s presence in his work and life. You might want to call him the praying doctor. All too often in life men become too full of themselves when they achieve something momentous.
“I would like people to recognize in looking at my story that the person who has the most to do with what happens to you is you. It’s not the environment, it’s not the other people who were there trying to stop you. It’s what you decide you do and how much effort you put behind it.”-Ben Carson
Read the Ben Carson story here.
Chibamba Kanyama is an author, economist, broadcaster, public speaker and motivator. His personal mission is “to be a role model of success and achievement by performing to the best of my abilities in everything I do. I will support, motivate and inspire all those I come into contact with such as family, associates, and all people so that they succeed in all areas of life”.
He is currently the Director General of ZNBC and he also sits on several boards. Chibamba Kanyama convenes an annual motivational youth conference dubbed ‘Creating the Future Conference’.
Visit his website at http://www.chibambakanyama.com.
Mubita Nawa is one of Africa’s finest motivational speakers. He also holds a special place in this business because he is one of the pioneers of motivational speaking in Zambia.
When I started a motivational segment on a radio program seven years ago I found myself reading a lot of Mubita Nawa’s articles in the newspaper. To this day I still read his articles.
“You have come too far to give up on you.” Mubita C. Nawa
Find Mubita Nawa’s website at http://www.mubitacnawa.com.
Apart from my mom, Ben Carson, Chibamba Kanyama and Mubita Nawa I draw a lot of inspiration from nature. Whenever I can, I love to get away from the routine of daily life to feel the wind and smell the flowers. It’s so refreshing and energizing to my creative powers.
Also, I draw my inspiration from everyday life occurrences. Something someone does or says can easily be developed into a blog post. In fact, this article is inspired by an email I received from Martha about the #IamAZedBlogger February blogging theme. The blogging theme was, ‘what’s your muse?’
In summation, my inspiration comes from people, things and nature. It comes from everywhere, even from the most unlikely of sources. Let me know what inspires you in the comment box below.
To many people success is a white-collar job (which also implies a fat bank account), a flashy car and a three piece suit. That is what the world has told us to believe. But is that what true success really is?
The biggest fallacy is that success has been equated to money and vice-versa. It’s a tragedy! True Success consists in more things than money and material things. Ben Carson makes the point that successful people are not driven by the desire to make money. Successful people are driven by the desire to help others.
In the same line of thought, Barrack Obama agrees by saying that; “to live only for the buck shows a certain lack of ambition”. Obama puts across the idea that we should live for something larger than ourselves.
When people are dying, they do not wish that they had more money in their bank accounts. They regret that they were caught in the web of empty pursuit. They regret that they didn’t do the things they truly loved; they regret that they didn’t follow after the passions of their heart.
I must not be misquoted to have said that money is not important. The point here is that you should not trade all the important things of life just for money; things like relationships and your health, for example.
The Dalai Lama is amazed that people spend all their health in pursuit of wealth and then they spend all their wealth in order to gain back their health.
Take a moment to smell the flowers and to feel the wind. When you come to think of it, it is in little things that the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
In the end, the only truly successful people will be those who spared a moment to touch a soul, to dry a tear-to change a life.
If you must know-the happiest people in the world are not the richest. Money can buy a lot of things but it can not buy you happiness. Happiness is an inside job. It’s a choice you make-you choose to be happy.
Being first in line?
Another thing the world has made us believe is that success is about being first in line.As long as someone else is doing better than you, you are a failure. That’s what the world is teaching you!
If you get an (A) and someone else gets an (A+) the world wants you to feel like a failure. Our parents and our teachers have failed in this department. They have made us believe that success has everything to do with the other person.
True success can not be measured by comparing yourself with others .An honorable person is driven by the desire to do better than he did yesterday, not by the desire to do better than the other person.
REMEMBER: the only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday. T rue success is a continuous journey of self refinement. What your neighbor has is not a yardstick to your success.
Go on and be successful. You are destined for greatness!