Motivation and Inspiration What's the difference?

@niairen01 (1018)
Philippines
July 10, 2010 9:46pm CST
I was just thinking.. beyond the words descriptions and meanings what is really the difference between motivation and inspiration?
7 responses
@mturacom (634)
• India
11 Jul 10
Though I am not sure but I think motivation is from others and inspiration is from inside.
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@mturacom (634)
• India
11 Jul 10
Oh, now I am starting to think in that way. Thanks!
@funorb12 (459)
• United States
11 Jul 10
I never decided to think of it that way. Thanks!
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@niairen01 (1018)
• Philippines
11 Jul 10
^.^ I find them (the words) confusing though.. but I know they are not the same.. ^.^ You see I've read something "how to MOTIVATE your employees" thus that mean motivation comes from outside? and when you say inspired today doesn't that mean it comes from the inside? Looking at it this way... then maybe it can be both coming from inside you and also coming from others. Thanks for the response! ^.^
@incus99 (1086)
• Philippines
11 Jul 10
Inspiration is what keeps you on track and puts you in the direction while Motivation is what keeps you going on and prevents you from stopping. Inspiration is the Energy Momentum while Motivation is the velocity and the inertia.
@funorb12 (459)
• United States
11 Jul 10
Well, I guess you can put it that way. I love the way how the guy with the black and white image referred it as.
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@niairen01 (1018)
• Philippines
11 Jul 10
@incus99: yes, I guess that hits the answer I've been looking for! A very good Physics analogy! lol! thanks for the response! ^.^
@hanagi (391)
• Philippines
11 Jul 10
I think the difference is that when you have inspiration you are very motivated but if you are motivated will you develop an inspiration? Like having a goal and you are inspired you will be motivated to achieve that goal.
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@niairen01 (1018)
• Philippines
11 Jul 10
So, you mean to say that you can be motivated but not inspired? I've been totally totally lost with my own questions.. ^.^ thanks for the response!
@narayan2006 (2955)
• India
11 Jul 10
Inspiration is related to the process of stimulation of the mind of a person under the influence of divinity. A person influenced by elevated feeling as a result of his/her exposure to the words and discourse of some genius or divine personality is considered as inspired. Religious scriptures have been found to inspire many people to adopt a particular way and discipline of life. Motivation is caused by some external force or incentive that has the power to cause action. It is the incitement of the will or emotion that excites to action. In work situation,workers are given higher incentives and bonuses that have the power of motivating them to work more efficiently for their organization. Thanks.
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@funorb12 (459)
• United States
11 Jul 10
Well, it is pretty hard to explain this. I think I could with the power of reenactment.. This can be an example of inspiration. Supermodel goes on a show, and informs female teens that they can do anything they set their minds to. Teenagers see the supermodel as a role model now. This can be an example of motivation. Biker has cancer. He fights cancer. Someone else has cancer. That someone sees how the biker hasn't given up. They are motivated to fight the disease. Basically they mean the same thing, but technically, they are a little different. I use motivation as a strong way of saying inspiration. You can always use both terms.
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• Philippines
5 Aug 10
This response is quite late. Hahaha! I think motivation is an appeal to the mind, and inspiration is an appeal to the emotion. Motivation is objective, inspiration is subjective. Something can be a motivation or an inspiration depending on how you look at it. In effect, though, they are almost the same.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
12 Jul 10
Motivation is something that pushes you on to do something. A goal that you have in mind but getting to the end requires you to do certain tasks. Therefore, you are motivated to do those tasks, because accomplishing the goal is the end result. Therefore, you are rather motivated to accomplish the end result and those that's where motivation. Inspiration can become motivation in itself. However, you see someone accomplish some great feat and thus you are inspired. You think if they can accomplish that, then surely, I can accomplish something. That is the inspiration, it plants the idea in your head and the person's great accomplishment inspires you. Motivation can come from inspiration but you do not really need motivation to be inspired.