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What are your sources of inspiration and motivation?

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January 29th, 2017

I was wondering what other members of the CFL community found as sources of inspiration and motivation. Maybe it's a book, a quotation, a poem, an image, a movie, a project you worked on, etc.

For example, I've always enjoyed this poem by E. Dickinson - a concise recipe for being honest to yourself and persevering.

"Lad of Athens, faithful be To Thyself, And Mystery— All the rest is Perjury—"


My hope is that this thread will become full of good sources and discussion.


Don Hawley President at DLH Consulting

January 29th, 2017

In my opinion, entrepreneurial inspiration and motivation wells up inside of life-long entrepreneurs from an early age. However, each journey is a long road of ups and downs. Enjoying the journey is a key to success. Therefore, quotes, poems and sayings that deal with attitude, passion, dreams, persistence have been impactful and motivating for me. I have read listened to and admired the work of Jack Canfield (Success Principles), Zig Ziglar, Napolean Kaufman and many others focused on positive attitude, chasing your dreams and never, ever giving up!

Gabor Nagy Founder / Chief architect at Skyline Robotics

Last updated on January 29th, 2017

I agree with @Don. It think, it comes from deep within. I "designed" robots in my little notebook when I was, maybe 8, built my first circuit board and started coding at 11, sold my first software at 15, to the largest distributor in the (small) country, and designed / sold computer peripherals during high school.

I had to keep dragging my mom with me to sign contracts, because I was still a minor.

There was never really a question that I'd end up a tech entrepreneur, nor did I ever need external inspiration.

"Enjoying" the journey is an understatement. I'm absolutely obsessed with my projects (both EQUINOX-3D and my robotics company) and can't even imagine not working on them.

So, giving up never even occurs to me for a nanosecond.

That said, I do like songs (Jem's "It's amazing" is my 'sure, you can build this insanely complex robot' song), quotes, bio-pics about Steve Jobs, etc. I even like watching Elon Musk videos.

Hearing him talk about the tough times when he almost went bankrupt, somehow helps when I feel poor. (I've been self-funded for 3.5 years).