Michael J. Fanuele

An “inspired” human being is capable of producing more than twice as much as an uninspired one.



Inspiration is the most powerful force in the world. It has created nations, started religions, birthed masterpieces and businesses, won wars, and changed the course of history.
In quieter ways, inspiration is a force that makes magic happen in our everyday lives. We’ve all felt it: the pep-talk of a coach or the tender words of a teacher that have turned our lives; perhaps a book or a movie or even a conversation has steeled our resolve to eat better, exercise more, quit a frustrating job, or pursue a crush with romantic abandon. And when we jump, amazing things can happen. The German poet Goethe said “Leap! And the world will conspire to break your fall,” while the consultants at Bain & Co. reported that inspired employees are 225% more productive than their unmoved colleagues. Think about that: an “inspired” human being is capable of producing more than twice as much as an uninspired one. But you don’t need anybody to tell you what you already know. You’ve felt strange power in the inspired moment: the laws of physics seem to relax and anything you desire – the win, the victory, the masterpiece – hang right in front of you, ripe for the plucking. When you’re inspired, you are unstoppable. This is The Inspiration Advantage – the extra-power that inspiration creates, the superior results achieved by a team or a person when they are “emotionally engaged,” driven by conviction and commitment.



Now you might, like some old scientists, be thinking that “inspiration” is a gift from the gods, a natural skill, like perfect pitch or deft hand-eye coordination that some people are born with and others can never quite match. I’m no Kennedy, you’d say. And you’d be wrong. Inspiring is a learnable, practicable skill. Like singing or sports, not everybody will become great, but all of us can become good enough to get the job done. You see, the latest scientific understanding suggests we’re all born with the building-block capacity to inspire; it’s our ability to be emotional, to be passionate. If you can be excited, you can be inspiring. If you can feel Oprah, you can be Oprah. Well, almost Oprah.