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What to Say to an Inspiring Person

There are people who leave a lasting impression on us. They may inspire us and drive us to achieve more. When we talk to them, words fail us when we think of what to say. Here are some ways to tell these inspiring people how they’ve changed our lives.

Before You Address the Person Who Inspired You

Before you address the person who inspired you, think about what you want to say.

  • Do you want to thank them for their work?
  • Do you want to tell her/him how she/he inspired you?
  • Do you want to tell them about your own work and ask for their advice?
  • Do you need help with something that’s difficult or overwhelming right now and want them to give you advice or support?

If you know why you’ll get most of the answers you need to prepare. You’ll know how much time you’ll need, what information you can reveal about yourself, and how much you want to tell the other person about their work.

How to Show Your Gratitude

When someone has helped you, supported you, or inspired you, it’s important that you tell him/her how much they mean to you. This can be as simple as saying “thank you” or writing a letter.

There are many ways to show your gratitude; here are some ideas:

Face to Face

If you have the opportunity to thank someone in person, it’s always best to do it face to face. Thanking someone face to face can be a meaningful experience for both of you. It reminds you that the world isn’t just made up of faceless people and that your actions have real effects on other people’s lives.

Write a Letter

If you want to show your appreciation to someone who has inspired you, a letter is the best way to do it. Not only is it a great way to express your gratitude, but it’s also something the person can keep forever.

Here are some tips on how you can write a thank you letter:

  • Don’t underestimate the power of words. A handwritten letter is more personal than an email and leaves a lasting impression on the recipient.
  • Take time to think about what you want to say in your letter before you write it down. You don’t have to write an essay or describe in great detail why someone inspired you; just write what comes from your heart.
  • Make sure your handwriting is legible and easy for the reader to understand immediately what you want to say without having to decipher your writing style!
  • Keep it under a page. People are busy and it’s better to write an effective letter than a long one.
  • Don’t forget to add your details so the recipient can reply to you if they want to.

Send an E-Mail

An email isn’t as effective as a letter, but it’s faster and can be effective if you’re sure the person will receive it. If you decide to send an email, make sure the subject line is clear enough so the recipient doesn’t mistake it for spam.

Connect on Social Media

Once you’ve found an inspiring person, you’ll probably want to follow them on social media.

Connecting with them on social media (if possible) gives you the opportunity to stay in touch and support the person who inspired you whenever you want.

Don’t Make It About You

If you’re talking to someone who’s already achieved a lot, don’t ask them how they did it. It shouldn’t be about you, your problems, or what you need in your life. You’ll just come across as demanding and self-centered – and that doesn’t help anyone!

It’s not just about asking questions; sometimes it’s actually more effective to listen carefully as they talk about themselves and their successes (or failures). This way, you’ll learn more about the topic than any question could’ve answered for you – not only by what was said but also by observing how excited people talk when they tell you about the things that matter most to them.

Think About Why This Person Inspired You

There are so many reasons why we love and admire people, but these are the ones that come to mind when we think about why someone inspires us:

  • What’s special about their work?
  • How do they make you feel?
  • What values do they bring to the world and why do you appreciate them?
  • What part of their background makes them unique or interesting to you?
  • Why did they achieve what they did, and what does that mean for your life or career in the future?

Knowing why not only helps us formulate our approach, but also helps us better understand ourselves and what we’re looking for.

Let Them Know How They Inspired You

Let them know how they inspire you. When you tell someone that he or she’s inspired you, just say it directly. Don’t make it sound like a question or a guess by using phrases like “I’m sure” or “maybe.” Just say, “I think what you did was inspiring.” Then explain why.

If the person is someone who inspires you professionally, mention a specific thing they did that particularly impressed you. For example:

“Seeing how you handled adversity at work made me realize how much better I could do in my career.”

If it’s someone who inspires you personally, talk about something specific from their life – such as how they overcame a challenge – or something that makes them unique. For example:

“I admire how resilient you’re – this has given me the motivation and courage to work on my own resilience.”

Be Specific

People are happy to receive compliments, but they also want to know what they did that makes them worthy of the praise.

When you want to thank someone, it’s easy to fall into the trap of saying how much they helped you without being specific about what that help consisted of.

If Someone Has Inspired You, It Doesn’t Do Any Good to Tell Him or Her That. By Being Specific, You Can Help the Person Understand You Better and Build a Connection

Being specific also helps avoid awkwardness in situations where someone may not have been aware that they were doing something good for you. For example, if someone is helping out in your business, it can be hard for them to realize they’re doing a good job when all they hear is “thank you.” It’s easy to assume everything is fine when no one tells them otherwise.

When you specifically tell someone what he or she’s done for you or how grateful you’re for their help, you let them know that what they’re doing is important and make them feel like they’re part of a team.

5 Examples of Thank You Messages

1) Thank you for the encouragement and inspiration today.

This has been a great help!

I’m going through a very difficult time right now and have been pretty down about everything. I feel like I’m fighting an uphill battle and it’s hard to see a light at the end of the tunnel. But you always seem to know exactly what to say when I need it most.

Your words have helped me through some of my darkest times and given me strength and positive energy when I needed it most. Thank you for inspiring me on this journey.

2) Thank you for your inspirational words

Your experience with your father touched me deeply. I’m glad you shared it with us.

I think it’s important to remember our loved ones and the legacy they’ve left behind. In this case, it’s especially important because you did something for others as well.

You inspired me to do more for my community and gave me the strength and courage to keep moving forward. Thank you.

3) Thank you for being a mentor

I first met you at a conference in 2018 when I was a young researcher just starting out. You talked about your great work on the International Space Station and how it helps improve life on Earth.

Your accomplishments inspired me, and that’s helped me in my career. I also remember how kind and courteous you were to everyone. I was impressed that someone so famous was so generous with his time and so kind to everyone who approached him.

You’ve always been a role model for me – from the way you take care of your health to the way you speak publicly about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

You’re among the people who have impacted my life and the lives of thousands of others around the world. Thank you.

4) Thank you for your great guidance

When I started my career, your guidance had a great impact on my life. You were an inspiration to me.

I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn from you. You taught me that there’s no shortcut to success and that reaching your goal isn’t easy.

You’re a very helpful and supportive person in my life. Whenever I needed help or advice, you were always there for me.

I want to thank you for all the support and encouragement you’ve given me throughout my career.

5) Thank you for inspiring me to be better

I was inspired by your courageous actions. When I heard your story, I realized that I too could do something about the mental health problem.

When I saw you speak, I was touched by the way you talked about not being ashamed of your story and wanting to share it with others. It made me realize how important it’s to talk about mental health.

I want to start a conversation about mental health because I think it’s important for people to realize that they aren’t alone when they’re struggling with their mental wellness.

Thank you for inspiring me to be a better person.

Successful People Are Busy, Be Cautious of Time

The world is full of great people willing to share their knowledge and experience with you. However, it’s easy to get caught up in what we want to do and lose focus on what we should be doing. With so many distractions around us, it’s easy to lose sight of our goals and priorities in life – and then everything goes down the drain.

Having worked in many fields and with many different people, I’ve learned that time really is precious. It’s important to be mindful of how much time you spend with inspiring people or how much you ask them to read, or hear.

Especially if you’re dealing with a successful person or a famous person who is likely to have many goals, and many goals means little time to give.

If you have the opportunity to talk to someone who’s great, it’s important not to waste their time or yours by demanding too much attention from them.

I believe it’s our responsibility as humans to be aware of the importance of time management and efficiency.

How To React When Someone Tells You That You’re Inspiring

When someone tells you that you’re inspiring, it’s always nice to thank him or her. However, there are a few things you should never say when you’re told you’re inspiring.

It can be very flattering and boost your ego when someone tells you that. But it’s important that you don’t express your enthusiasm too much, or you could inadvertently come across as arrogant or conceited.

If someone tells you that they admire your hard work and the great thing you’ve accomplished, it’s best not to joke about their comments. Making jokes about admiring your work can come across as rude and disrespectful.

If someone says something positive about your work, it’s best to listen carefully and take note of the comments. That way, when you ask follow-up questions, you can respond more easily without having to think long and hard about what the person was referring to in their comment.

There are many ways you can respond when someone tells you they find you inspiring:

Say “Thank You” and Mean It

This is probably the hardest part of the process because it can feel awkward to receive a compliment. But when someone takes the time to tell you that your work or actions have inspired them, they deserve a sincere thank you.

Ask for Clarification

Sometimes people have a hard time saying why they find something inspiring. If you don’t understand, you should ask what exactly about your work or actions was inspiring so you can use that information in your own life and in future conversations with others who may also be inspired by your work.

Share Your Story and Why It’s Important to You Personally

A great way to start a conversation with someone who finds your work or actions inspiring is to share personal stories about your process and why something is important to you personally – so they can reflect on their own lives and inspire others who may have never dealt with these issues before!

Motivational Quotes

An inspirational person always comes with inspirational quotes, here are some examples:

  • The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.” – Mother Teresa
  • Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.” Steve Jobs
  • Failure is success in progress.” – Albert Einstein
  • My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.” – Michael Jordan
  • Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller
  • Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

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Inspiration is something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create. Nevertheless, I think and believe that there is much more to this word. Inspiration is something that motivates you to be better and do better.

Different things inspire different people. There is so much inspiration in this world and I think it’s crucial you know what inspires you.

To me, my greatest inspiration is God because I know he has reasons and plans for forming me. 

For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts, and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. (AMP Version)


Jeremiah 29:11 
Here are 10 things that inspire me

Ambition can be defined as being eager or hungry to aspire and accomplish something; it is one thing I can’t get enough of. When I read about people who are full of ambition, it gets me excited and inspired. Especially those who have achieved a lot and continue to push for more out of choice. For me, it is an attractive trait for anybody to have. And it keeps me going even when I don’t feel like continuing after having a bad day.


My past is a form of inspiration to me because I look at it in the right context. A lot of people see their past as a bad place they never want to return to; some obese over it so much they are still living in it. And their present actions reflect that. 

But when I see the past, even the parts I don’t like, I use it as a source of inspiration.

Doing new things

I am the type of person who rearranges my room every 6 months or so because I can get bored with the layout if it stays for a long time. I like trying something in a new way, with a new approach, a new idea, etc. Doing something new is a source of inspiration to me, too much of the same can eventually get too mundane.  


Challenges can be very hard in life. If you are not the most enthusiastic about challenging yourself constantly, then it may not be a source of inspiration for you.

For me, being challenged and going out of my way to push to the next level is inspiring.

Sometimes life needs changes because things have become stale or too predictable. Challenges break that mould, and the ideas and excitement that come with it create inspiration.

My parents 

Love is an amazing thing; the support and respect and magic that it provides never fails. The love, support, and hard work from my mum to raise, shelter, educate and nurture me are commendable and I know I am lucky to have her. Her love for me inspires me to keep pushing in life. 


Everywhere I have lived or find myself in this life I have had great friends around me. They have helped me through tough times and celebrated with me in good times. They have shown me the kind of love that exists through respect and mutual adoration. Their love inspires me.  


There are a lot of people who need help in our world and there are a lot of people out there doing their best to give it to them. Every time I see someone working hard to create change, reach out to the less privileged, and make life better for people I am inspired and honored to be part of the things that I can be.


I don’t necessarily mean religion, although that is part of it. The faith I’m talking about here is the ability to have faith when times are hard. Faith that I will win; faith that life will move on and things will be fine in some way, somehow, even when it doesn’t seem like it at the time. That is inspiring and it inspires me a lot.


To me, adventure is an exciting and remarkable experience. I love visiting new places that I have never been to before, seeing new things. It inspires me. What gives me inspiration is enjoying the calmness of Gods creation. I like hills, green vegetations which opens my heart to my inner creativity. It helps see pattern in Gods design that surrounds us.


You know that look on someone’s face when they are smiling and their eyes are bright and their body language is open and jovial; that full of happiness is inspiring to see. It’s awesome. It’s contagious and also inspiring. Those happy moments, those beautiful smile inspires me.  

These are the things that inspires me; what inspires you?

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Have you ever wondered what inspiration is for you and what role it plays in your life? What inspires you the most and how can you use it to your advantage?

If you try to make a list of things that inspire you personally and use it in practice, this will open many new doors for you. The rise in productivity, new motivation, and most importantly - the joy and pleasure of what has been done. Want to try? Recommended! It is checked up on own experience.

Where to look for inspiration

A wide variety of things can inspire you - people, places, cities, books, movies, music, videos... whatever. Check out my list of places that inspire me below. Maybe he will inspire you to make your own!

This list is endless. In each paragraph, you can select one thing for yourself, as shown in the example, or you can select several (the more, the better). We can also add new categories. Explore yourself - and such research will bear fruit, believe me.

100 days as a quick way to find inspiration and more

What is a 100 days? This is a specially designed program to work on yourself for a duration of 100 days. This is not the first time that Armen Petrosyan, the author of the “Live Interestingly” blog about productivity, has been holding 100 days. He prepared an author's online course that will help you achieve your goals at the start, develop the skills of mindfulness, productivity, creativity and clarify your values. The most pleasant thing about this course is that it does not require any super efforts, overcoming oneself and other things that sharply throw us out of the comfort zone. All changes are carried out thanks to your conscious work on yourself. Just 1-2 hours a day will be enough!

And of course, among the skills that the 100-day trainee trains is the ability to inspire yourself and inspire others.

How to find inspiration on your own

The first thing you need to do is to realize what inspiration is for you personally. Then, throughout the day, pay attention and focus on what has been a source of inspiration for you. Do this exercise for a week and you will have a list of things to inspire. Don't stop there and get in the habit of writing inspirational things down on your special list. You will be surprised how many things in the world can motivate you.

Thanks to him, we can easily avoid depression, apathy and just a bad mood. Inspiration awakens in you the ability to do more, better and better. This is an increase in your productivity and an opportunity to overthrow mountains.

The key is to keep your list ready and remember to use it. And the best part is, it's endless. This is not a candy that you ate, enjoyed instantly and forgot. This list will be constantly updated, and you can use inspirations at least every day.

Consider the example of

My favorite city is my native Kyiv. It's just full of places that inspire me. First of all, these are places associated with certain periods of life. University, library building... How atmospheric it is inside! It seems that you can sit down for a book for many hours in a row and not be distracted by anything. The place of the first job is historical, quiet and calm, the center is practically the heart of the city, st. Shelkovichnaya at the crossroads with the street. Darwin, as well as a park on Silk Street, where, just like in a library, you can sit quietly on a bench, thinking about new projects or reading a book without being distracted.

There is one composition that particularly inspires me - Ennio Morricone "Le Vint, Le cri". Memories with her come from school, nothing special, but every time I listen to it, I seem to be reborn, filled with energy and can get down to business with a vengeance. There is also quite a bit of classical music on this list.

Lately, I've been very inspired by the short stories of contemporary Ukrainian writer Nadiya Garbish, namely her "Stories before Kavi", "Stories before Chocolate". I have read each story several times. But it is with their reading that my day begins with inspiration

The poem I reread most often is by Rudyard Kipling. If (in the original or translated by S. Marshak). A very deep, strong and extremely inspiring verse, which shows how much more work lies ahead on yourself, and also inspires you to take care of yourself, and not others, spend time developing yourself, and not reading a Facebook feed about how someone lives another.

Recently, the movie "Peak" about an alien who ended up on Earth in complete confusion has been very inspired. His eyes show the life of people, as if from the outside, in a very simple, understandable comic form. It makes you think about really important things and about those that society has artificially made important, about the stereotypes and laws of society (or different nations), and this applies not only to religion, but also to views on other things. How important it is to understand how limited we are in the "world" in which we live (a house or an entrance, a city or a street, even if we take the whole country - and the world is so much wider, more diverse and more amazing than we think about it!). It inspires to expand the boundaries of knowledge, travel more, communicate more, open up to the world more.

Every morning I start by watching one of 2 videos (alternating between them) - Secret to you (from the creators of the film "Secret"), and What's Your Purpose? - Greatest Motivation (Les Brown & Eric Thomas). They give a charge of motivation and inspiration for almost the whole day!

Oddly enough, more than anything else, I am inspired by the rain. This is exactly the moment when we can completely immerse ourselves in our work, feeling at the same time locked up in 4 walls (but in a good sense of the word), and protected in our cozy home. You don't have to go anywhere, rush anywhere, and you can work with concentration. This rainy summer was one of the most beautiful and inspiring, in my opinion, in terms of weather.

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    Grandma is in the hospital

    Grandma has a phone number

    My roommate has a phone number, moreover, the first generation, that is, older than the priest's dog. Touches me a lot how she treats him. Her phone is kept in a cardboard box, the box is in a lady's handbag, the handbag is in a rustling package, and the package is in the nightstand. Doesn't this remind you of anything? Well, of course: Kashcheev's death! At the tip of a needle, a needle in an egg, an egg in a duck and etc.

    And then the phone rings, but rudely and nervously: “Alarm! Akhtung, Achtung! obedient to him demanding call, granny hastily deploys military field communication, pulling it out of boxes, purses and bags. At the same time, she is terribly worried, invariably asking which button to press!

    My neighbor sincerely admires my smartphone, especially when I find her request for information about medicines and all sorts of medical chips. And me, in my turn touches the naive curiosity of the old woman when she asks who he “poured” all this information about medicines into the Internet - ours or the Americans.

    Fantômas' Revenge

    The grandmother I am talking about is not simple. Having worked for fifty years pediatric surgeon, she constantly remembers her little patients and with speaks bitterly about how terrible and at the same time responsible and jewelry work - kids to operate. Children suffer, cry, get angry at doctors, not realizing that they sometimes save them from death.

    And this is the story.

    The doctor comes to the internship and rzh… laughs. Would you like, says colleagues, I'll read you a letter from a grateful patient? He takes out a piece of paper covered with children's handwriting from his pocket and reads:

    I need a corpse,
    I chose you.
    See you soon.

    The mother of glamor

    It's time for us to describe our heroine. Grandmother is small, bent beyond her years in an arc, with a stick, with a shaking head. sparse hair, slightly translucent on the crown, painted in an optimistic red color.

    She took a very thoughtful wardrobe with her to the hospital: from a peignoir and thin tights to an exquisite neckerchief.

    One gloomy hospital morning, I woke up feeling something in my nose. a strong, and most importantly, inappropriate smell in this context. Without understanding awake in my feelings, I stomped to the exit from the ward. caught up with grandmother's bed - and was dumbfounded with surprise.

    She was busily painting her nails!

    Well, how can one not get inspired and forget about illnesses?

    Grandmother with a dog

    An unfamiliar grandmother was sitting on a bench. Next to her on the bench is honor by honor, on an equal footing - like a statuette, sat her small poodle dog. Both were clean well-managed, in an old man's way calm and thoughtful. And even looked into one side.

    The gaze rested, looking at this peaceful old age together.



    Even though it's a spring day, it's boring, gray. The wind blows whirlwinds of dust... If only the grass would come out sooner or if the rain sprinkled, nailed this dust.

    I am going on business, there is a couple in front of me: a man of nondescript appearance and little dog, such a small, black, unkempt, but pretty, briskly cowardly on a leash, shaking her shaggy, unkempt hair in tangles merrily. AND blows, you know, from this dog some kind of excitement, impatience and determination.

    “Oh, you lazy devil,” I thought of the owner. cut off the hair from the ears and paws. What can a dog hope for with such an arrogant owner?

    I overtake fellow travelers, noticing out of the corner of my eye that the man is unfastening the leash.

    And suddenly an elastic acid-green ball flies out in front of my nose, and behind him is a little dog with an arrow. And such a living joy blew me, such enthusiasm that the opinion of the owner had suddenly changed, and mood lifted. Sometimes faith in humanity can rise a few degrees and from such a simple, passing trifle, honestly.

    In addition, between houses, on a piece of land not compacted by cars, I noticed tender young grass.

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