Thomas Edison said: “Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” Inspiration is that passion and determination which makes you want to get out of bed in the morning, smile through the tears, and work through any dilemma. So, how do cultivate inspiration? Where does it come from?

Inspiration is what gets us all going and keeps us going through the hard work, determination, and perspiration of achievement. I believe inspiration comes from being clear about our purpose. When we know why we want to do, be or have something nothing can stop us.

I watched the movie Rudy for the fourth or fifth time this weekend. Rudy was a dynamo. He grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working in a factory for the rest of their lives. But he wanted to play football at Notre Dame. He had a few problems though; his grades were low, he didn’t have the best athletic skills and he was half the size of the other players. But he had the spirit, the drive and the inspiration of 5 players and he set his sights on joining the team. Why? Because he was passionate about Notre Dame Football and he was determine to make his father proud.

When Rudy got hit he always got up, and, granted, sometimes he got up more slowly than others, but he always got up. As he rose up, he shook his head, dusted himself off, and re-joined the team line-up to do it all again. He got knocked down to the ground several times a day in practice yet he always bounced right back up, ready for more action – without a hint of complaint or any tears.

Think about what life would be like if you pursued your passions in the same way Rudy pursued his? How would it be different for you? How different could your life and your work be if you lived it with as much passion and perseverance for life as Rudy did for football?

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