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Inspiration, Growth, and Other Things That Make Me Go “Hmmm…”

Inspiration is a double-edged sword. I love being inspired... it gives my heart an extra thump-a-lump and it adds an extra whizz in my brain. Inspiration makes me think of a thousand and one ways to change things or to do something new and different. And, this can either spur me to greater heights or paralyse every part of me.

Today, I barely did any "productive" work, as I was too busy getting inspired.

One of the biggest things that hit me in my wanderings is something called "An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth" by Bruce Mau. How can I not stop in my tracks when I read things like:

1. Allow events to change you. You have to be willing to grow. Growth is different from something that happens to you. You produce it. You live it. The prerequisites for growth: the openness to experience events and the willingness to be changed by them.

5. Go deep. The deeper you go the more likely you will discover something of value.

8. Drift. Allow yourself to wander aimlessly. Explore adjacencies. Lack judgment. Postpone criticism.

14. Don’t be cool. Cool is conservative fear dressed in black. Free yourself from limits of this sort.

42. Remember. Growth is only possible as a product of history. Without memory, innovation is merely novelty. History gives growth a direction. But a memory is never perfect. Every memory is a degraded or composite image of a previous moment or event. That’s what makes us aware of its quality as a past and not a present. It means that every memory is new, a partial construct different from its source, and, as such, a potential for growth itself.

And now, I'm asking a barage of questions... wishing, hoping, planning, dreaming, aching... I'm inspired... and I need to do something about it.

What's inspiration like with you?

About the Author Shai Coggins (MTeach, MSoc Sci App Psych)

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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