Do you want to know how to get inspired?
Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.
– Marie Curie
Who Is Marie Curie
Marie Curie was a famous physicist and chemist. She was born in Poland then became a French citizen. She discovered 2 of the elements in the periodic table – radium and polonium, and she is the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize. Mrs. Curie is also the first person to win 2 Nobel Prizes and the only woman to accomplish that.
How to Get Inspired
Marie Curie was obviously a very inspired and motivated person, so it is worth listening to her advice.
She advises us to focus our curiosity more on ideas and less on people, and I think that is a good idea.
Many people look to other people for inspiration. When you focus on people you see personality traits, both good and bad. They show brilliance in one area and struggle in another. Their story sucks you in. It almost becomes like gossip.
When you focus on an idea instead, you get just the nugget that inspires you without any of the personality trappings. You have something pure to keep you inspired as you work.
Refine Your Inspiration
It is easier to find a person who inspires you. That is still a great place to start, but they are just the starting point.
What about that person inspires you? Was it something they did? An idea they pursued? Tighten your focus down to a key part of their life, a particular idea, that inspires you.
You can always credit that person later, but focus on the idea or ideal that really inspires you.
Here’s another famous quote to drive home the idea.
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
– Eleanor Roosevelt
Now that you know how to get inspired you need to know how to stay motivated.