Growing up I thought in order to be an inspiration to others, you have to be rich and famous, then over the years I have met some people who weren’t rich nor famous but have inspired me and made huge difference in my life. Thinking back about them, I realize that they all share some common traits and they taught me that you don’t have to be rich and famous to be an inspiration. You just have to:
Be yourself: We are living in a time where everybody is trying to be someone else so it’s refreshing and inspiring to be yourself and love the person you are. Embrace your flaws and cultivate your strengths.
Be honest: Honesty is always the best policy. Be a person of your word, you can’t inspire others if they can’t trust you. Make promises you can keep and don’t make excuses. Be dependable, someone others can count on.
Be positive: Keeping a positive attitude in spite of all ups and downs of life says a lot about someone’s character. Most of the time, things will go wrong but if you keep a positive attitude, you will learn something valuable to help you next time. Positive attitude can be contagious and so can be doubt and negativity.
Be caring: Most people are more focused on themselves and have the “what’s in it for me” attitude, than caring for others. Learn to put someone else’s needs before your own, offer an helping hand to others.
Lead by example: Actions speak louder than words; always practice what you preach because you never know who’s listening and watching you.
Build people up: You don’t need to put others down to feel good about yourself. You build them up; make them feel good about themselves. Take a minute to give a sincere compliment. People will always remember how you make them feel.
Listen attentively: Listening is one of the hardest things these days because of all the distractions around us. Listening attentively to others shows them that they are important to you and you value their time.
Be supportive: A little support goes a long way, invest in people by supporting them, encourage them and help them to reach their full potential. Once in a while, people just want to know someone believes in them. Be that person.
Be passionate: Being passionate about what you do can be contagious and influential. People are naturally curious when they see how excited you are about your life and what you do.
Be assiduous: Consistency is required in anything you are doing in life. You cannot be here today and be gone tomorrow, show consistency and determination in anything you are doing.
Let your life and the way you live it inspire others.