Motivation versus inspiration

A work-out for the soul. ✎ By Wayne K. Spear

We can be inspired by many things: a sunset, a song, an idea, the powerful stories of others.

Inspiration is a breath. A spirit. An infusion that quickens the mind. We take it in, and we are exalted.

Inspiration is the suggestion of grand possibility.

TV crime investigators seek motives. Every criminal is assumed to have a purpose, a reason for his actions which makes logical sense of them.

Motivation, like inspiration, stimulates the mind—but the stimulation points to a definite goal. Motivation is motion.

The difference between inspiration and motivation is perspiration.

Inspiration says, “It is possible.” Motivation says, “Here is the purpose and the path: Go!”

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