LinkLove Fridays: Tough inspiration

Categories: inspiration,LinkLove
March 19, 2010

Karate Kid

There are countless blogs on the internet aimed at inspiring readers, and for every type of reader there is a different way to reach them. Sometimes you can hear the same truth a thousand times, but it takes hearing it said in just-that-particular-way for it to really click.  Because of this, there are plenty of subsets to the “Inspiro-blog”, such as: the ‘Follow your heart’ folks, the ‘Gratitude and spirituality’ group, the ‘You can do it!’ variety…

…And then there are the tough guys (and girls, although this is less common).

The tough guys are…well..tough.  They are uncompromising senseis of inspiration.  They admonish you to “Throw out your TV”, “Wake up early”, “Follow through”, “Wax on, WAX OFF!”  They do not mince words, they do not bother with flowery metaphor.  Instead, they give you a fierce slap of reality, right to the face.  Sometimes, when you are hyperventilating about what to do with your life, a good ‘reality slap’ is the only way to snap out of it*.  These guys will do that for you.

The tough guys are usually unconventional types who have found personal and financial success by living off the beaten path, and they want to help you do that too.   They have your best interest at heart, they just don’t mess around about it.

There are sooo many to choose from, but I would be here all day if I listed them all.  So, below I’ve listed five (in the order that I discovered them) that I have found to be particularly helpful.

Steve Pavlina of The personal development blog for smart people.

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits

Chris Guillebeau of The Art of Non-Conformity

Everett Brogue of Far Beyond the Stars

And last but not least Seth Godin of Seth Godin’s Blog.

Keep in mind, if this style of inspiration doesn’t work for you, move on.  Perhaps flowery metaphor is really your thing, or you’d rather stick with the classics (such as religious writings or Anthony Robbins (lol).)  We are barraged by advice all day, from all sides, so much so that it can be difficult to know who/what to listen to.  When this happens, the best bet is to pick a couple that resonate with you, and tune out all the rest.

*Don’t get any ideas.  Open Book does not promote the act of physically slapping anyone in the face.×5

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