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Why Inspiration Matters
That’s the title of an article published in the Harvard Business Review (HBR).
The author, Scott Barry Kaufman, gets right to the point:
In a culture obsessed with measuring talent and ability, we often overlook the important role of inspiration. Inspiration awakens us to new possibilities by allowing us to transcend our ordinary experiences and limitations. Inspiration propels a person from apathy to possibility, and transforms the way we perceive our own capabilities.
The same article relies on Pyschologists Todd M. Thrash and Andrew J. Elliot to outline three main qualities of inspiration.
They note these three core aspects of inspiration: evocation, transcendence, and approach motivation.
(1) First, inspiration is evoked spontaneously without intention.
(2) Inspiration is also transcendent of our more animalistic and self-serving concerns and limitations. Such transcendence often involves a moment of clarity and awareness of new possibilities. As Thrash and Elliot note,
“The heights of human motivation spring from the beauty and goodness that precede us and awaken us to better possibilities.” This moment of clarity is often vivid, and can take the form of a grand vision, or a “seeing” of something one has not seen before (but that was probably always there).
(3) Finally, inspiration involves approach motivation, in which the individual strives to transmit, express, or actualize a new idea or vision. According to Thrash and Elliot, inspiration involves both being inspired by something and acting on that inspiration.
The full article can be explored at: > https://hbr.org/2011/11/why-inspiration-matters
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