How to Get Inspiration, Daily

Inspiration: the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

Slogging through a menial job doesn’t require inspiration. For that you need grit, willpower, or an incentive, like money. But when you’re creating something, whether that’s a design, a book, a winning strategy, or a product, you often need inspiration.

You need to have a vision of where you want to go, of what you want to create. Sometimes this seems to arrive naturally in the brain, at other times you need to go look for it somewhere else.

Daily inspiration posts
I started sharing doses of daily inspiration on my social media accounts at the beginning of this year. They might inspire others, but the practice also forces me to go look for it on a daily basis: to browse through my notes from books I’ve been reading, and to go through my ever-growing collection of quotes in Evernote.

It’s proven a wonderful habit so far. It’s indeed sparking my own inspiration as I search for something to post every day. But it also connects with others and helps start conversations with both strangers and old friends I would have otherwise not had.

The Top Five
Below you’ll find the five posts that got the most responses since the beginning of this year:

“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” — Laozi (老子)

“I am an old man and I have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” — Mark Twain

“Everything is hard before it is easy.” — Goethe

“We say, ‘A good father is not a good father.’ Do you understand? One who thinks he is a good father is not a good father; one who thinks he is a good husband is not a good husband. One who he thinks he is one of the worst husbands may be a good one if is always trying to be a good husband with a single-hearted effort.” — from Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind (

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” — Thomas Jefferson

My personal favorites
These didn’t get as many response on my social accounts, but I found these two especially inspiring myself:

“It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out — it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.”

“When 99% of people doubt your idea, you’re either gravely wrong or about to make history.” — Scott Belsky (

Follow me on Twitter if you want to receive these daily doses of inspiration too. And if you have any favorite quotes you’d like to share, please post them in the comment below. I love to get inspired!