What Inspires Me

This is a post about What Inspires Me - specifically from the internet, social media and reading. They link to what I want my website, my time and my life to exemplify.

I felt the need to write this now, as I just returned to Sydney from my 10-month South American journey and have begun the (at times, painful) search for the work I want to do. 


Elon Musk

I respect his ability to envision, think and act on his life-changing ideas - consistently. I respect the succinct and logical way he thinks and explains things. For example, this is what he wrote on Tesla's Master Plan:

The first master plan that I wrote 10 years ago is now in the final stages of completion. It wasn't all that complicated and basically consisted of:

  1. Create a low volume car, which would necessarily be expensive
  2. Use that money to develop a medium volume car at a lower price
  3. Use that money to create an affordable, high volume car

    And...

  4. Provide solar power. No kidding, this has literally been on our website for 10 years.

...The main reason [to posting the Master Plan] was to explain how our actions fit into a larger picture, so that they would seem less random. The point of all this was, and remains, accelerating the advent of sustainable energy, so that we can imagine far into the future and life is still good. That's what "sustainable" means. It's not some silly, hippy thing -- it matters for everyone.

Source: Tesla Master Plan, Part Deux


Humans of New York

I love HONY because 1) It's incredibly simple, 2) It showcases the real stories of human beings and 3) Shows how one man's openness and dedication to taking portraits can make such a difference in the world. Lastly, the community of HONY must be one of the most incredibly un-douchey, generous and intelligent communities on the internet.

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Wait But Why

Tim Urban - what a hero - focuses on writing high-quality articles with depth rather than short, click-bait posts. He writes on topics ranging from "How to Pick Your Life Partner" to "The AI Revolution". Also, I am inspired by the fact that he uses Patreon (a site that allows fans to 'pledge' $X each month) and raised $12,000 per month to keep WBW running. It encouraged me that we are entering a revolution with new ways of earning money (instead of traditional jobs and careers) and new ways of creating and distributing content (i.e. sponsored directly by the fans).

Plus, his drawings, am I right?

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The Pioneer Woman

I actually was a fan of the Pioneer Woman (named Ree Drummond) before I even knew any of the above, starting from when I was a 16 year old looking up baking recipes.  Reasons I love her: 1) Seriously amazing recipes with step-by-step photos and 2) Authentic and hilarious personality. The combination made me a fan of her overall, not just her cooking, such that she's drawn in 4.3 million people who actually just care about her life and her success.

From a food blog, she launched an 'empire' with a community, cook books, cookware line, magazine, videos etc ETC - while remaining such an awesome humble person. She even opened up a Mercantile in her quiet little county, which combines a general store, bakery and restaurant featuring her personal 'brand' and recipes. It is seriously packed out with fans every weekend who roadtrip from all over just to see it.