Many individuals who own a business or who are entrepreneurs are inspired by their passion. But where does that inspiration originate and what leads them to create a business, a product or a service? Is starting a business creativity and is it the same creativity that the artist, writer, or designer experiences? What prompted Rockefeller to create products that made him a millionaire? What sparked Madam C. J. Walker to create hair products that led to her becoming one of the first female millionaire entrepreneurs in America? What made Picasso such prolific artist? What inspired me to design T-shirts that are wearable Christian apparel?
Inspiration, creativity and imagination takes many forms, but what is the source and what is the spark that makes the ideas take form and their originators take action? The missing spark that’s needed to take ideas from thought to creation are deep seated in all of us but many choose to ignore it.
Much of my inspiration comes from the Word of God and the teachings that Jesus left us, but others may find inspiration in other places and in other ways. However, if ideas are never acted on, they die. It may be a quick death, a swift thought that comes in at an odd hour or moment, but you dismiss it. Or the idea may linger and you mull it over for days, weeks, even years but still you never take action. The result is that, once again, the idea dies. And isn’t it sad when sometimes your idea is reborn in someone else who does take action on what idea turns out to be the next big invention, company, novel or painting?
If you are an entrepreneur, or if you have an entrepreneurial spirit, and you are struggling with a way to act on your idea, take heart. Your action can take many forms but there is a basic framework that may help. Here are a few simple suggestions:
Again, my source of inspiration the Bible. Not only because I am in search of the perfect verses for my designs, but because reading what God has to say to me and what Jesus teaches about the way I should conduct my life and interact with my fellow man helps me to be grateful for my inspirations. From that place of gratitude, my ideas can flow.
Each of us is different and it may not work that way for you, but you can find references throughout the Bible that speaks to the value of creativity and inspiration. In fact, the Bible is a validation of the creativity in all of us. Ephesians 3:20 reads, “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” And Exodus 35:31 “The Lord has filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom and expertise in all kinds of crafts.” Want more proof? The very beginning of the Bible, Genesis 1:1 starts with “In the beginning God created the heavens and earth.”
We are created in His image which implies that the capacity for inspiration and creativity is within all of us.
Where do you find your inspiration? Leave a comment below. Your inspirations may be the key to helping others fin their inspirations.
Until next time, continue to take steps of excellency and you will leave behind a trail of greatness.
Ashley Lounds Brooks