A Personal Search For Inspiration


I wish to be inspired. So where does inspiration come from? Is it from some outside source? Is it a spoken or written word or deeds done that you happen to see that makes you want to go higher? Or is it something more personal?

Something like wanting more than what you have for instance. I know there are some that are where they are, and where they are is alright by them.

And for those folks that’s alright. Then there are some, like me, that have time to think while working whatever job we could land and wonder, “Is this all there is? Is this what I will be doing for the rest of my life? The same routine until the day I die?”

For those people (like me), I wonder where their inspiration will come from, if it ever comes at all. I’ve been to churches and heard great powerful sermons and as I am leaving I am convinced my time is now and that I’m going to take that great daring step.

I’ve also had the opportunity to have been an event producer for a number of years and hosted many great motivational speakers who sent me on my way with the same feeling. I’ve listened to and read wonderful books on how to get from point A to point B and live the life of the few and or privileged.

I’m not saying that I want to drive Bentley’s and have a “small cottage” of 15,000 sq. ft. on the ocean, complete with mountain views, maids, butlers and so on (although that would be pretty cool!)

But I am saying that I want complete and total control of my time and to do that I need to have complete and total control of how much money I make and how I dispense and invest it to my advantage. For myself, I no longer need a boat load of money to make this happen. That’s just my situation, lucky me.

So what is it? Why do some people have a tendency to go after something that will give them joy and satisfaction on a deeper level, one that comes from accomplishment? They look around at what they have achieved, or are achieving that is of importance to them and find a measure of satisfaction, success, peace of mind, call it whatever, but call it good.

It might be trying to improve their world, business, performing community service, personal amusement or whatever. The thing is they are doing something that is important to them alone. Their success in my opinion is in not giving a shit what anyone else thinks about it and doing it solely because it works for them.

And on the other hand, why do some choose to pick up the yoke of servitude to an existence without flair or abundance?

They tell themselves that they are lucky to have a job and that at least they can pay their bills and get to take five to fifteen days off a year (out of 365) to go someplace just down the road a couple hundred miles away and maybe get to have some fun, let their hair down and relax with just enough time to get back home and back to work?

For those of you that I am pissing off, this is not for you. It is not my intent to minimize how we choose to make our way. I’m in the same boat, I just want to get out now and get on that other boat. The one going in the direction I want to go.

My heart goes out to you if you have shelved any and every dream or vision of the great life you could have, the one you saw yourself living when you were young and mighty. For myself, one of the reasons I am writing this is because recently I looked in that old hidden closet in my mind and found some of those old dreams.

And I dusted them off and took a good look and lo and behold!, they still gleamed with the same intensity of years gone by. So at the tender age of closing in on my latter years, I have decided the time is now and to let them manifest into my life.

The good news is, no matter where you stand on this issue, it is not too late. You can still live your dreams, your vision, your purpose. You’re just going to be a little more tired getting there now that you have other obligations added by the intervening years.

But the main thing is the main thing and the main thing is to live your life the way you want to live it and not the way someone else tells you to live it, whether through direction or employment or whatever.

Let me just say that in my humble opinion, if you have someone in your life that you have given the powers of authority and influence over you, and they are boo-hooing your dreams, goals, desires and vision – then you might want to revisit whether they deserve that power you have authorized them to have in influencing you.

You know you. That doesn’t mean to disregard all you hear or take someone else’s perception or advice personally as an affront to your intentions. It just means you have to have an open mind when listening, but to also know who you are and what you are about as they dispense advice.

If the two jive, great. If not then take what is of benefit (and there is always at least one nugget) and leave the rest, knowing that they don’t and cannot know your heart on the same level that you do.

For those of you who are right now as your read this feeling some righteous indignation of “the hell with you man,” well maybe this is for you for when you can get over your hurt pride.

And it’s hurt because what I am saying is what you are thinking somewhere inside but are holding down. You’re holding down the right thing and lifting up the wrong thing friend. Hold down the day to day grind, that one where you try to convince yourself that you’re happy with, and lift up the thought, feeling and truth that you can do something greater, if only to or for your own self. Because when you own yourself you own everything in this world that you can control. I mean come on now, how cool is that?

And for those of you who are sitting there raring to go, let me tell you this: You can feel as mighty as the Great and Powerful Oz, but if you don’t get off your ass and on your feet, you’re not going to get any closer to that life you desire than a restless, uncomfortable feeling that something you could have or be is missing.

So as I go along, I am going to write some posts on what I am doing to get from point A to point B. These are not going to be big, “You need to change everything about your life right now and get with the program!” type of things. They are going to be nothing more than my thoughts and how I now process them into living the life of my vision and that very simply, is me owning me.

Look, the bottom line here is that I’m just a guy who has decided he has something to say.

You see, from my point of view the world is moving very fast toward a mob or hive mentality. And we are absolutely pummeled with that type of belief through what I shall refer to as the thought control processes constantly being developed and refined through all the various types of instant and traditional media. That if it’s sold to us in a such a way that we can digest it, then it’s all good, man. Screw that. It’s not.

And I’m a little afraid for myself and for those yet to come for our very existence as individuals that we can have our own thoughts, feelings and beliefs. That if nothing else, we can agree to disagree and still live in peace.

So for what it’s worth I have chosen to try and be a voice of reason in a world where individuality, reason, thought, desire, compassion, entrepreneurial spirit, adventure and achievement are sadly being overshadowed by a new mentality where everyone is a hero because they were born. Because not everybody is. And sometimes those we think are not, are.

I appreciate any and all comments, positive, negative or in between or even a hello and look forward to hearing from you. Thanks and I hope to see you checking in again.


  1. Hi Bruce,

    I really enjoyed reading this post, particularly your style of writing.

    I also really enjoyed how you seem to be asking all those questions we have all always asked ourselves too.

    “Is this all there is? Is this what I will be doing for the rest of my life? The same routine until the day I die?”

    Some people might not like asking and answering those questions but they should. I think reading this post will help a lot of people realize there’s more to life and they should thrive for that more.

    Just like you, I also “want complete and total control of my time and to do that I need to have complete and total control of how much money I make and how I dispense and invest it to my advantage”.

    I look forward to reading and learning when you “write some posts on what you are doing to get from point A to point B.”

    Great post!

    • Hi Dave,

      Thank you much for the nice words.

      I’m glad to know you can relate. Sometimes all we can do is put a voice to our thoughts and feelings and put them out there, if only to know we’re not alone in what we go through.

      I am encouraged and want you to know you have a part in that.

      I’m working on the next post of steps I’m taking.

      Thanks again, here’s to moving onward and upward!


  2. Oh wow, what an inspirational post. I love it.

    Of course I too have someone in my life that I have given the powers of authority and influence over me, and sadly they are boo-hooing my dreams, goals, desires and vision, but it doesn’t have to be this way, right?

    Thanks for the encouragement you gave with this post, Bruce.

    • Hi Mike,

      Thank you, I’m glad the post struck a positive note with you.
      I agree that when you know what you’re about or want then there are those who’ll tell you every reason it won’t work or that you can’t do it.

      I personally believe that more often than not their lack of support is more about them than you. We all get a little nervous when someone we care about is stepping out of our comfort zone. Read that last sentence again because it’s about their feelings on what you’re doing.

      Look hard for the encouragement and wisdom because it’s there, and leave the rest.

      Best of luck in your journey!


  3. Hey Bruce,

    I think the best part of this post as a young guy was the part you talked about dusting off your old dreams!

    I recently put one of my dreams on pause because it is not a lucrative field. However, I keep hoping I can go back in a decade or two and I hope at that point I can still see it as shiny and new!.

    Your post was great, and was inspirational!

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    • Hey Joe,

      Thanks man, I’m glad to know there was something in the post for you!
      I’ve found that no matter what else, we are always happier in some way when we are in pursuit of our dream. It’s like we can sleep better knowing that we did something, even if it’s only a baby step, toward attaining whatever it is that we aspire to.

      Thanks again.

  4. Hi Bruce,

    You are right about the intent of this post. Its time to be control and take life at its arms.

    Being in control should bring the happiness and satisfaction so desired by just about anyone.

    Inspiration shouldn’t be allowed to be a thing of ‘chance’, it should be ‘purposefully’ followed.

    I guess this post must inspire the feeble minded so he/she can now start taking life in their his/her own hands!

  5. Hello Bruce,

    Personal search for inspiration is important. It is an action that keeps one in control of events around him. One must not always accept ‘fate’ and remain a servant.

    Servitude is a state of mind for those who have not discovered the power of change that resides in them.

    Your advise is hands-on and it should inspire any person to move from point A to point B with ease!

    • Hi Paul,

      Thanks man, it’s good to know you feel the same way.
      I’m finding these days that if we act, we get motivated (instead of waiting for the motivation first,) and if we’re motivated, we make plans and when we plan for what we want and work our plan, it’s all right there.

      Thanks again!

  6. Hey Bruce,

    Success in life should not be allowed to ‘chance’. This is a wrong mentality which has kept many people stagnant over the years.

    After reading your piece, one would be forced to reflect on the essence of existence.
    It is very reflective and I agree with you that we must take our life into our own hands if ever we want to avoid the life servitude and embrace the life of affluence!

    • I agree Amit, that life left to chance usually turns out to be one that is strong in lack and short on motivation to change. It’s my belief that if you want something enough, you will do what you need to do to change yourself and in so doing be able to take every step needed to achieve your desire.

      Thanks man!


  7. Hey Bruce,

    This is quite philosophical. I agree with you that we must be mindful of whom we have given the power over our life.

    They must deserve it by all means. Living a life of servitude should not be our course.

    Sometimes, it is the choice we make that gets us where we are. I guess its time change our choice and begin to make the right ones.

    Thanks for sharing this thought-provoking and self-reflection post!

    • James,

      I’m glad my article spoke to you. I have found that as I focused on and stayed with my self appointed task to become who I want to be, that the people who started to come into my life were mostly of the kind that supported me regardless.

      And the ones who did not just sort of drifted to the rear. I still treasure everyone in my life. The thing is that now I am more aware of who I will and will not allow to know what I am about.

      It’s been an interesting and at times hard road in developing these boundaries and I know I have a long way to go yet. But I now know that I have it in me to get there and that there are those who cheer me on and who I cheer on as we head for higher ground.


  8. Hi Bruce,

    This piece is timely, and I am using it as a point of reflection. It is not easy searching for personal inspiration but it is all about us.

    At the point where we get to take personal control of our life, it becomes very important to improve our existence. Leaving our thoughts to others doesn’t make pay in the long run.

    Taking control should begin with personal development of the mind,body and skills!

    • Hey Carl,

      Man you are exactly right in that it is not easy when searching for a life filled with the things we want in it.

      Just like any journey though, it begins when we decide to take that first step. That’s the easy part though, right? The difficulties lie in staying the course and weathering the storms of life that come up, discovering and increasing your inner strength and staying true to yourself.

      I get the feeling you know that though. 🙂

      Best of luck and thanks!


  9. Hi Bruce,

    The state of man’s life is a reflection of the choice he has made. However, wherever control is lost, there is still the opportunity to turn things around.

    Unless a man has strong reason for change, it becomes really difficult to get results. So, a man must choose to be in control, and this begins with his state of mind.
    I like what you have said here:

    So for what it’s worth I have chosen to try and be a voice of reason in a world where individuality, reason, thought, desire, compassion, entrepreneurial spirit, adventure and achievement are sadly being overshadowed by a new mentality where everyone is a hero because they were born. Because not everybody is. And sometimes those we think are not, are.

    • Mr. Sunday William, hello

      I agree with you. Unless we have a strong reason for change we will have no choice but to ride the current of whatever situation we find ourselves in. However if we determine to discover our purpose, vision, goals and desires it is then that we start on the journey of self-discovery that can lead us to the life we want.
      Best of luck in yours and thanks again.

  10. Hi Bruce,

    Your point in this article is clear. I am sure many with open heart that have read this piece will be sincere enough to know that fulfillment in life is about being in control.

    Leaving our life in the hands of others will not bring about the best.

    While no man is an island yet there is a time to be in complete control. This must be understood by all!

  11. Hi Black,
    Thank you. I find that as I go along, I don’t mind a lot of things, but one thing I do cherish is to be in control of me. There’s little else we can control on a day to day basis, but that sure is one. I figure if we can discipline ourselves, we can better serve not only others, but ourselves as well.

    Thanks again,

  12. Hi Bruce,

    There is a time in a man’s life when everything that pertains to his mind, body and spirit craves for change. At this time, it becomes necessary to seek for inspiration to fill the needs.

    Response to these urges are very important if success is to be attained. Personal search for inspiration will provide the desired satisfaction that triggers growth and success in all endeavors.

    So, its wise never to ignore that urge!

    • Steven,

      I agree completely that for each of us there comes a time when everything within us has a strong desire for change.
      I am discovering that my personal response for these changes needs to be well thought out, cultivated and constantly fed with ways to get there. It’s also important to not allow those old thoughts of not being worthy (only because we’ve never done it before…but what does that matter?) to creep in and poison your goals.


    • Right on Celine. I only know this: Over the last few years life has been beckoning me to do something different than in the way I have spent so many years struggling along and thinking it was all good.

      I won’t lie and say that this transition (I’m still only a few steps down the path) is or will get easier, but I know this: I can’t go back. I just can’t.

      I think maybe for each of us it is different in what we may have to put on the “sacrificial alter” but I know that I am now willing to sacrifice whatever I have to, in order to live the way I want to.

      That’s a real nice comment Celine and thank you.


  13. Hi Bruce,

    A very inspiring read.

    I have dreams and goals that I want to achieve, but as you know, there are distractions everywhere: Working a 9-5 job paying minimum wage when your skill-set is worth more, negative news and newspapers and media, celebrity news, having a family, (although, your dreams and goals are for yourself and them) etc.

    All of it can be quite overwhelming and a robotic state to where you forget who you are-what your goals and dreams are. But you know what? Life seems to start off that way to where distractions are everywhere, and when we relate it to how we came to be, swimming in a vast ocean to the mother’s egg, we will then remember how strong we really are.

    Thank you so much for this wonderful and inspiring post. Thanks Bruce. 🙂
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    • A.D.,

      Very well said my friend!

      I’ve often said that you always know you’re on the right track, because all sorts of distractions seem to come up out of nowhere and right at you.

      And I like that you imply it is these very challenges to who, what and where we want to be are what makes us stronger.

      You know what though? I wish it didn’t have to be so frickin’ hard sometimes.
      It ain’t no thing though. Here’s too growing strong in our purpose.


    • Hi Artice,

      I really enjoyed reading your response to Bruce’s post. I just wanted to share with you that one of my biggest heroes is a guy called Les Brown whose life story is truly inspiring. If you copy and paste this title “It’s Not OVER Until You Win! Your Dream is Possible – Les Brown” into YouTube you can hear a three minute clip of this most amazing man.



      • Hey Ron,
        Man I am a HUGE fan of Les Brown. I’ve actually had the opportunity to meet him a couple of times several years ago and still have an autographed set of cassette tapes (yep that long ago) called Choosing Your Future.
        He’s a great man and has been instrumental in some of my thinking today.

        • Wow Bruce,

          What a privilege and experience that must have been. I’ve been involved as a Technical Training and Development Officer for seventeen years now and every new class I have I first show them some great Motivational Videos before we even begin commencing with any lectures.

          Two of these videos are “Live your Dreams – Best Motivational Video 2016” and “Dream – Motivational Video” (Which features Les Brown commenting).

          Les Brown, in his ‘It’s not Over until I Win’ talk reminds us that “Hard times will come” and that we may even ask “Why? Why is this happening to me?”

          Several years ago my wife, after twenty years of marriage, had an affair with one of my friends in our church. We subsequently got divorced. My son then lived with me and my daughter lived with her mother. Two years later my sixteen year old son, Christopher, received a text message from his girlfriend informing him that she was pregnant. She was only fifteen at the time. My son didn’t know how to respond or cope with this so he committed suicide by shooting himself.

          After his funeral his girlfriend confessed that she wasn’t really pregnant, but that it was just a prank she had played on him by sending him that text. A terrible prank that had cost me the life of my only son. My Mom just couldn’t handle this news and three weeks later she died of a heart attack.

          A few weeks after her funeral my daughter’s life fell apart emotionally and she withdrew and disappeared completely out of my life. It’s been almost ten years and I haven’t seen her since. If it wasn’t for the grace of God my life too would have fallen apart and ended. Needless to say though, no words could describe how absolutely devastated I felt.

          So yes, Les Brown wasn’t kidding when he said that hard times will come but if there is one thing that I have learned in and through all of this then it is also very much in what Les Brown also said regarding tough times and that is that these times, as hard as they may be, haven’t come to stay, they will pass.

          Today, as hurtful as it still is for me to do so (because I teach from my heart) I use these experiences to warn and to encourage and motivate my own students that no matter how hard life can be, it’s always still worth living.

          Even belonging to a community such as this on Kingged gives a sense of purpose so it’s good meeting like-minded folks like yourself.

          I wish you every success.



          • Hey Ron,

            I just saw your reply and sir, I am humbled by your story.

            I used to book motivational speakers for a living and recall a tale (but not the who) where he said something like, “We all think our problems are so bad or so tough. But if we all wrote them down, put them in a hat then passed the hat around and reached in and grabbed a new set of problems…we would probably want our problems back.”

            I want to thank you for inspiring me. I am encouraged and would consider it an honor to stay in touch with you.


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            • Hi Bruce,

              I really sincerely appreciate your message, thank you.

              I’m greatly encouraged by your kind words, as well as those of Arjay, and I can truthfully say I feel honored to have shared just some of the events of my life and the fact that you are encouraged by it.

              It’s really humbling to know that it’s possible to touch the hearts of folks many miles away (I live in South Africa) so again, thank you for your kind words.

              I too would be honored Bruce to stay in touch with you via email. I do have your email address.

              I’m just on tea break at work presently. When I get home and have time I will write and send you an email.

              Kind regards,


              (Thought for the day: “Don’t do what you do because that’s what you do. Do what you do because that’s who you are”)

              • HI Ron,

                I look forward to hearing from you.

                Yeah, man I feel for you. I know you know that like has a way of making us bitter or better. I’m glad to know you chose better.

                I had an opportunity to visit South Africa back in the late ’90s.

                And I loved it and have always wanted to go back. I began my two week business trip (that included 5 days free time) in Capetown, went to the Cape of Good Hope (I’ve been a sailor for years and had to go there), then flew up to Jo’burg and Pretoria and wound up getting to visit my hosts “small” 2500 hectacre family farm north. I absolutely stayed up one night with a pair of binoculars and sat at the campfire all alone and star gazed. I fell in love with your country and your people.


                • Hey Bruce,

                  Good hearing from you. Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit here back then. Man, I agree, there is just nothing better than sitting next to a camp fire and gazing up at the stars.

                  I still make a fire each and every Friday night and that’s exactly what I do. My wife and I live in a home that is situated next to a vast open field and, almost on a daily basis we witness the monkeys just a few yards away from us. We also have a couple of rock rabbits, an eagle, an owl, a couple of storks and numerous other wild birds regularly entertaining us with their presence.

                  By the way, I sent you an email today to the address you submitted last time. Let me know if you’ve received it?

                  Have a great day.


          • Hello Ron,

            We are all also very humbled to read your story.

            We are very sorry you went through all that. Your story and the fact that you are still moving forward and inspiring/teaching others is definitely going to encourage everyone who connects with you.

            We are very proud to have you here on Kingged, to motivate and encourage others.

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            • Hi Howard,

              I sincerely appreciate your kind words, thank you so much. Truthfully, I feel humbled by your words and I’m honored to know that someone can be inspired and encouraged by my testimony.

              I must confess though that I would hate to give the impression it’s everything but easy. It’s not easy. Some days are more difficult than others and the only way to truly ‘move on’ is to deal with it on a daily basis.

              The way I deal with the loss that I experienced is not to dwell in the past, as difficult as that may be, but I have rather developed a deep appreciation and sincere gratitude for even the little things that come my way each day.

              I never take things things for granted anymore and I endeavor to extract as much fulfillment out of each day that I can.

              I’m employed as a Technical Instructor so I have the absolute privilege of working with students each day and being an inspiration to them, and in more ways than one, they certainly give me definitive purpose to go on.

              Again, thank you so much for your kind words, and thank you for linking with me as a friend, I sincerely appreciate that.

              Kind regards,


  14. I don’t know if I can add anything new to what others here have said but they are right, this post is very touching and inspiring.

    Thanks for sharing this Bruce, it made my day reading it.

  15. Hi Bruce

    When I saw the title of your article I immediately thought that this is something that I really resonate with for my first time on Kingged.

    I totally get what you mean by the need to go for something on a deeper level as well as fulfilling the more surface dreams. For me I started meditation 26 years ago and that has been a very satisfying practice as it has enabled me to find a much deeper peace and even stillness within that I have never experienced anywhere or with anything on the outer level.

    That inner space is what really inspires me and when I’m in that space I find work moves along very smoothly and difficulties are much easier to deal with.

    I love reading things that come from a deeper space so many thanks for your post Bruce.

    • Hi Mark,

      I’m glad you took a minute to read my post. I do a form of meditating, although I think it’s more about relaxing more than anything. I’m busy enough every day that taking time for myself this way is more than valuable to me.

      I’ll be looking forward to reading some of your writings as well, thanks again.


  16. Hi I’m a newbie here..

    it looks like a great community away from the other platforms. interesting post I am still mulling it over and that is good in it self.. great stuff keep up the good work!!


    P.S. That pic of the boat caught my attention lol

    • Hey Beowulf,

      Thanks for taking a look. I know I’m not for everybody, but none of us are. It’s cool that we can all have a chat this way and encourage each other though.

      I hope you enjoyed it.

      By the way…I love sailing. Boating is great, but even more so when you’re riding on the wind. 🙂



  17. Hi Bruce,

    Very inspirational post. Made me get out some of my old dreams and dust them off.

    I want more control in my life. Not only how much money I make and dispense to myself but also from where I make and dispense that money.

    I want to be able to live and travel anywhere I want.

    I like how you talked about some people have power over you. I don’t share my dreams with everyone because I know they will boo-hoo it. I figure I can just tell them after I create my personal success story.

    I am looking forward to reading your posts about getting from A to B. Take care my friend and I look forward to getting to know you here on Kingged!

    Your friend,


    • John,

      Thank you man.

      I am so far into the mode of wanting control over my life and time these days that I am finding out something very interesting about myself: When things sometimes don’t look so promising, I find I have this little voice telling me that, screw it, if I can’t do it the way I want, I’m just not interested.

      I’m not saying that I’m not helpful, or unwilling to do almost anything for someone else, but in the end I have to look out for me. When I can do that, I can really be there for others.

      And I’m not looking for great riches or rewards. I have family and friends scattered about the USA and all I want is to be able to travel as I want, see what’s over the next horizon and experience life without being a drag on anyone else.

      Here’s to folks like us!

      And Thanks man!


    • Joe,

      Thank you for the kind words, they mean much.

      It’s funny, I didn’t start out with this in mind. Now that I’m in it though, I have to tell you that I can’t see myself wanting to do anything else. Except you know, being a rock star and playing all the major stages in the world. 🙂

      I’m really encouraged by the responses I’ve gotten and it has helped me to define my path and myself in ever clearer tones.

      Thanks again,


  18. Hi there Bruce,

    I like your question of where does inspiration come from. It can be from outside source or personal.

    I also think the search for inspiration should be an ongoing thing, it should never stop because you feel inspired today but can be uninspired tomorrow.

    To make the inspiration going, we should be seeking and doing things that inspire us all the time, continuously.

    That way we can try to make inspiration a habit.

  19. Hi Bruce,

    This is very inspirational post.

    I have also often asked myself some of the questions you asked. I have friends who appear to also find satisfaction, success and peace of mind, as you mentioned, but I wonder if they are really been honest or if it will last.

    But other people’s success and satisfaction or lack of, shouldn’t stop us from trying to find ours.

    You showed how in this post.

    Thanks for this.

    • Hi Helen,
      Thank you for your kind words. I believe that we have everything we need right inside us and it’s watching for us to let it out. Whether your dream, inspiration, satisfaction, happiness or whatever. We need only to allow it to breathe and grow and trust ourselves that we have what it takes.
      Thanks again and best of luck.