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In no particular order .. a collection of things that bring me inspiration, force a smile to my face and make life better. (I’ll come back and update this every now and then)

Honest, passionate writing — take a peak at Seth Godin’s blog, Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist , David Remnick at the New Yorker, Hugh Macleod’s Gaping Void.

Being able to quell conflict, calmly and without taking insult. It’s harder than you think.

Inventors of new as opposed to creators of popular.

Anyone who can balance being considerate and living without fear of being judged. These are the people that sing to themselves, dance when everyone else is looking and create art to share with strangers.

Mastery of innocent, witty sarcasm.

Staying focused, no matter the stakes .. from social workers to 9th inning world series closers.

My wife’s ability to express her heartfelt emotions without a filter. Every so often it’s scary, most times it’s beautiful.

Genius intellects that remain humble.

The smell of grass and the trove of childhood memories it brings to the surface.

Artists. The list is long, but I could get lost here for hours.

Maintaining your vision when “experts” say it can’t be. Building and doing what you feel is right, not because it will fit with today’s model. Experts are ‘experts’ because they know precisely how yesterday worked, which has nothing to do with tomorrow.

June 21st, and not just because it’s my birthday.

Good music. Music that you’re happy to wake up to on a rainy Monday morning in February. Music that reminds you of anything from when you were half your age. Music that makes you love someone more. Music that gives you the chills. Music that makes you run faster. Music that you appreciate so much you don’t sing over. Music that you can’t help but to sing every word at the top of your lungs. Music that interrupts your occupied mind and reminds you to open your eyes.

People who have nothing but still find room to give.

What inspires you?

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