We asked some of the most inspiring folks we know to tell us what they are inspired by.

Pouria Montazeri | Founder of In the Footprints of Rumi & Organizational & Leadership Executive Coach and Consultant

First and foremost, I’m inspired by my spiritual teacher, whose presence and teachings have guided and protected my heart since I was fourteen. I’m inspired by my beloved mother, who embodies and shines nothing but love in everything she does. Read more>>

Cassandra and Dianne | True Crime Podcasters

As true crime podcasters and the crowded genre that we are in, we stay inspired from the victims being voiceless and how advocating for them along with their families and loved ones. We are drawn to cases not well known and being from complicated backgrounds ourselves, it is personal. Read more>>

Gary Corbett | Auctioneer

We live in an age of acrimony, fed by soundbites and stereotypes. What inspires me is the opposite. As a benefit-fundraising auctioneer for so many years, every bias of my own — religious, political, cultural, racial, gender, ideological — gets challenged constantly by the incredible generosity and commitment displayed from a broad swath of our community to a variety of causes. Read more>>

Barbara Techel | Author, Oracle Card Reader, and Animal Wisdom Enthusiast

I am inspired by animals, nature and all things mystical. Animals, and dogs, in particular, have been some of my greatest teachers. Because of the lessons I learned from each of the five dogs I’ve had the honor to share my life with, three of which were special needs dachshunds, I grew in ways I never could have imagined. Read more>>

Mahaylee | Model

My biggest inspiration is my parents. They have helped and supported me my whole life. My dad has done everything he’s wanted to and some, and my mom stays busy. They both are very kind, genuine people and they inspire me to be the best me I can be every day. Read more>>

Tiffanie Becher | Gifted & Talented Specialist, Mom, Wife

As cliché as it sounds, I am inspired by my kids. But not just the two I birthed, also the hundreds I work with each school year. Today’s youth show a tenacity that far outweighs that of generations before them. Sure, they have more conveniences at their fingertips, but it is those resources that can also cause chaos within their lives. Read more>>