16 Inspiration Strategies that Have Worked for Me

by Michael Simmons on Jun 26, 2010

  1. Setting a vision that truly resonates with me on an emotional level.
  2. Surrounding myself with peers who are on the same path at a similar level and supporting each other in every way possible.
  3. Reading autobiographies of people that I really admire.
  4. Having short-term and long-term goals that are inspiring and believably achievable.
  5. Being a parent.
  6. Being part of a network of people doing stuff that really inspires me.
  7. Being exposed to mentors who are many levels above where I am.
  8. Making progress toward that vision.
  9. Constantly learning new and more effective ways to realize my goals and vision.
  10. Recontextualizing my experiences to be grateful and appreciative for every moment.
  11. Creating an action plan that leads to my goals and vision.
  12. Eating well.
  13. Getting good sleep.
  14. Taking time for relaxation.
  15. Having deep family and friend relationships that are deeper than what I’m doing or have achieved.
  16. Having faith in a higher power.


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I'm the co-founder of Empact, one of the leading entrepreneurship education organizations in the world. I'm obsessed with understanding how we all can lead meaningful lives that have a positive social impact. I love probing into the truth of how we experience life. I believe that challenges are what make us grow the most, and I openly share my experiences. Continue reading…


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