Why not inspire someone?

Most people have busy routines. A fast pace often comes at the price of mindfulness and personal reflection. However some activities are so rewarding that human nature welcomes reliving them over and over.

When was the last time you inspired someone? I’m not referring to clarifying instructions, answering a specific question, or defining a complex word. Rather a moment when you went out of your way to transfer knowledge to someone who isn’t certain they will benefit. Your first thought may be, “when would I have the time to do this?”. It’s a valid question because “drive-by” inspiration isn’t likely. Another possible reaction could be, “why should I share without getting anything tangible in return?”.

In general, I’m not great at sharing. But I am fortunate to work for a company which encourages employee to employee knowledge sharing. Everyone is empowered to teach their passion(s) to anyone interested. I lead a 5-week fitness course in our office in Zurich, Switzerland. I teach a popular fitness method which appeals to the busy lifestyles of professionals. It’s intense, dynamic, and fast paced and requires only floor space and a short period of time. So far I’ve trained over 40 people, each with varying activity levels and backgrounds.

Upon completion of each course, there are some who feel the method isn’t a match for them. Even with a relatively small sample set this isn’t surprising. I still commend those individuals for boldly trying something new. However, it’s the spark in the inspired individuals which I find incredibly addictive.

When I explain a new movement, these individuals ask many questions, angling to understand every nuance, squeezing out details whenever possible. Human beings crave learning. The motivated ones who find an appealing topic won’t let anything get in their way of continued growth.

The energizing feeling which results from observing someone’s initial reservations transform into a full fledged beliefs is difficult to match. The work to reward ratio significantly favors the teacher. The teacher gives time and gains fulfillment, patience, and motivation. The learner gives attention, will, and dedication to gain knowledge, ability, and trust. Those gains can erect blinders to the world around, exposing a true focus to understand to the path to success. While inspiring someone is an incredible reward for any teacher the inevitable gratitude is a thick layer of icing on the cake. Not to mention a basic level of friendship and trust as yet another bonus.

It’s not difficult to achieve a similar level of inspiration for others. I’m sure many are familiar with the experience of teaching their children, an adventure I can fortunately relate to. But children, especially young ones, don’t usually bring doubt into the learning process. They want to learn everything. It’s the transformation of those who aren’t overly interested which yields the best return.

So I challenge you. Consider an activity you enjoy thoroughly. Something you could do with your eyes closed and wonder why everyone else isn’t doing the same . Then think about how easy is to connect with other people: through the world of social media, online forums, and connections in your workplace or community. Why not offer to share your passion with others? There’s a good chance there are many who don’t realize they could be inspired by your willingness to share.

It’s worth the effort.