Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Inspiration And Influence

I had some writers block, and couldn't think of something I wanted to write, so enjoy this thing I wrote a few months ago. This is also the third time I've had to publish this. Hopefully it will work properly. It does mean I'm missing a comment from YeamieWaffles so I'll just copy and paste it here so it is not totally gone. He said "The ultimate lesson summed up is a great one man, this post has been really informative, I never really looked too deeply into the differences between inspiration and influence, I really hadn't. By the way, for some reason this post didn't come up on my reading list today, weird one." and I hope the poor guy doesn't comment on the same post twice in one day.

Nearly everyone has an inspiration. Some are good, some are bad. For me inspiration seems to go hand in hand with influence. In fact let's have a quick look at definitions so I don't sound like a dumbass.

The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative: "flashes of inspiration".
The quality of having been so stimulated, esp. when evident in something: "a moment of inspiration in an otherwise dull display
The capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.

So you can argue that if you influence someone, you are also inspiring them. As hard as it may be to believe, I can be quite inspiring myself. Often influential too. I say it may be hard to believe because of the fact that I lack inspiration so much. I can inspire and motivate anyone but myself is the simple way to put it. But the fact remains that I have done it before. Sometimes it doesn't go so well, sure, but sometimes it can. I'm not likely to convince a person to go on a killing spree, but I have at least managed to convince them not to kill themselves. At least twice. Go me.

As I was saying earlier, there is such a thing as a bad inspiration, a bad influence. When we were in school the teachers actually thought that Jessie was a very bad influence on me, and separated us a lot. Then of course things got so bad for her at school she left early. The bastards had achieved their ultimate goal. Kind of. We still saw eachother pretty much every school day. She was in the end the best influence in my life, and is constantly inspiring me to better myself. Without her I wouldn't have taken some of the steps I have to improve my life, and I may never have broken out of my serious depression a few years ago.

The actual bad influences in life are ones that cause you to do bad things, of course. I say that one of the best things about having no peers is that I had no peer pressure. I count things that give both men and women bad body images (yes girls it's possible for a guy to have a bad body image) as bad influences. The girls you look at in magazines can't even hope to look like that, thanks to the miracle of air brushing. Compare yourself to real people. Only change what you actually want to. Not everything you think is a problem is in fact a problem.

In short, be careful who you allow to influence you, and don't make the wrong choice.


  1. I don't remember ever reading this before! Very well said! (You inspired me to do the Batman review we did together!)

  2. I've never read this, but you do get your point over.
    I think some women are so shallow to really believe that air-brushing doesn't go on in men....HaHaHa, men are as vain as women in that department!
    How do they get that close look, as though they don't yet shave?
    Hummm, we aren't all stupid, some monkey business goes on somewhere, and someone is making £££s out of it too.

  3. Well said. And that's certainly a gift you have in being an inspiration to others. A friend of mine shares that same talent whereas I may fall a bit short of it.

    And I like what Dove has done with their ad campaign. They use normal body types to represent their product (though, I wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't a little airbrushing going on). But to see a woman modeling for Victoria's Secret and think that's how she is in real life is absurd. I saw a magazine promotion for Victoria's Secret and the photoshopping was so obvious that I actually audibly laughed in public.

    We're teaching kids to strive for a perfection that doesn't even exist and it's an incredibly disgusting marketing tool.

  4. I don't recall reading this, but I agree with you completely. Sometimes you don't realise that a certain person or thing is influencing you to think and feel a certain way.
    I've never been one to give in to peer pressure, like if someones trying to influence me to do something bad, I'll very firmly say no. But on a few occasions, more so when I was in college, I've found myself changing certain behaviours in order to fit in or be liked by other people. Then I get a grip and realise that I dislike that version of myself very much, even if others liked me like that.

  5. There is a fine line between the two, but it's definitely there, and you explained it far better than I ever could. I feel like a bad influence on everyone most of the time. I think it might be left over guilt from high school, when I was That Kid that the other kids weren't allowed to hang out with....


  6. I am off the peer pressure radar. I am so unimportant in society no one even wastes time trying to influence me. Personally, I find it kind of insulting.

  7. A lot of management techniques are a blend of inspiration and influence... positive peer pressure and all that culture rubbish.

    I was always taught to be my own inspiration/influence...but then that has just led me into one career after another.

  8. my life has been a writers block... and are u saying that i'm a bad influence? damn yo, maybe i really am. meh.

  9. This is actually a really great post, thanks for this. I love inspirational posts.

  10. i mean:

    "blleeahhh" -the herc

  11. Writer's block in the darnest thing, but that is where being able to find inspiration in everything and everyone comes in handy. Still, those ideas you get from 'em should be just as well thought over as any other. And, as you said, the same deal with influence.

  12. I think we can all recall time when we've been poorly influenced


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