12 Sources of Inspiration

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I’m excited to have added an Inspiration Page to the site to share some of my favourite sources of inspiration for Less Ordinary Living.  I’ll keep updating this regularly, so its always worth a look.  Below, I’ve shared 12 websites brimming with cutting edge articles, talks and videos from some of the world’s leading writers and thinkers.  Before you explore, please add a comment and everyone else know your favourite sources of inspiration (on the web, books, people, personal practices)

The Half Way Point – Belinda Munoz’s blog is about choosing positivity.  She explores the things we want (or think we want), what trips us up getting there, how we overcome those snags and what we learn along the way.  Beautifully written, philosophical and poetic.


Zen Habits – the grand-daddy of personal development blogs with over 150,000 readers.  Simple productivity is the key here – particularly strong on lists.


Change your Thoughts – Steven Aitchison is a Scottish blogger with a great point of view on the world brought from his own personal experiences.  He focusing on how our changing our thinking can change our lives.


Success without a Suit – This blog is particularly focussed on how professional women can find fulfilment outside the traditional career paths and is written by the outstanding Carly Goldsmith


Unwrap your mind – a practical and down to earth guide to getting things done effectively.  Has a great guide to achieving your goals in five steps.


Unclutterer – if you struggle with clutter in your life, this is the place for you.  Advice on minimalism and getting rid of unneeded baggage.


Good Life Zen – Mary Jaksch writes clearly and with calm about living a zen life and finding inner peace.  Great use of multimedia here.


Escape from Cubicle Nation – if you are hoping to get away from that cube and follow your passion, this is a great place to start.


Mark Vernon – English philosopher and founder of the amazing School of Life – a place to explore and be curious.  Always engaging and stimulating.


TED – TED share ideas worth spreading.  Hundreds of inspiring talks from some of the world’s leading speakers including Steve Jobs, Dan Pink, Malcolm Gladwell and Ben Zander.  Endless inspiration here


We are What We Do – A website designed to change the world, one small deed at a time.   Starting from the question, how would you change the world for five pounds, this is a source of creativity and fresh thinking.


The Royal Society of Arts – a 250 year old organisation devoted to provoking ideas and inspiring change in society.  This resource has audio from some of the amazing speakers they host including Mattieu Ricard.


Enjoy and be inspired.

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  1. Phil
    February 4, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    What inspires you? Please share your favourite websites, writers, books, people.



  2. February 5, 2010 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    Hi Phil – I’m a first time visitor. Just clicked over from Belinda’s site. You’ve got a great list here, and I’m so glad to see Belinda right at the top, because I’m a huge fan. And since you asked, one of my absolute favorite books is “Owning Your Own Shadow” by Robert Johnson. Just an amazing book about diving deep and claiming what we don’t want to see in ourselves, the beautiful as well as the challenging.
    .-= Patty – Why Not Start Now?´s last blog ..Getting Comfortable With I DON’T KNOW =-.

  3. Phil
    February 5, 2010 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    Patty – thanks for reading and nice to meet you. I love the book suggestion – I’m putting together a reading list at the moment for another post and this is going on my wishlist. I’m reading the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying at the Moment – that is really inspiring.


  4. February 6, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    All fantastic links! I go to TED, Zen Habits, Change Your Thoughts, and Escape From Cubicle Nation on a regular basis.
    .-= Steven | The Emotion Machine´s last blog ..The Uses And Abuses Of Setting Deadlines =-.

  5. February 8, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Hey Phil,

    Look forward to checking out your list. Thanks!

    I find inspiration walking around outside. Nature is a great inspiration. When I look at trees and flowers and birds and up at the stars, I revel in the beauty of it all. Most everything we do is based on nature. We forget that sometimes, especially when people want to destroy nature in the name of progress or replace nature with faux nature.

    It’s our guiding light. Let’s treat it like gold!


    .-= giulietta´s last blog ..Psst! Here’s the “secret” to achieving greatness. =-.

  6. February 8, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    Well, I’m honored, Phil! Thank you for including me. As for your question, I’m inspired by folks who fearlessly pave their own way, who aren’t afraid of public failure, who have a big vision, do big things with big risks and equally big rewards for many. To name a few who are living: Dr. Paul Farmer and Eve Ensler. One of my all-time inspirational book is Mountains Beyond Mountains written by Tracy Kidder about Paul Farmer.

  7. Phil
    February 9, 2010 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Steven – thanks for your comment! Do you have any other great links to share?


  8. Phil
    February 9, 2010 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Giulietta -

    I love it. Nature is truly spellbinding and beautiful to behold. I’m constantly stunned by the world around me and its amazing power. Thanks for the reminder.


  9. Phil
    February 9, 2010 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    Belinda -

    I love your writing and am honoured to know you. I love your comments about fearless people with vision – they are truly Less Ordinary and make the world better. I really appreciate your comments – keep up the good work.


  10. Phil
    February 9, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Steven – great comment! What are your favourite sources of inspiration?


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