Well, my first response is literally it’s not hard at all to stay inspired. I don’t find that my inspiration is ever far away. Granted, having said that, I come to the office, I work alone, my team is distributed, we work a bit together but mostly wherever we live and work, so most days I work alone, I’m constantly trying to raise money, I’m constantly worrying about whether my nonprofit has an HR handbook, or talking to my accountant, all the nuts and bolts of just building a nonprofit organization. Those details, at times, have the capacity to wear me down, and as I’ve said to friends on passion, “I feel like I’m doing everything except what I was initially inspired to do, which is conduct interviews.” So at times, it can get a little lonesome, and who has a passion for HR, or talking to their accountant? Some people maybe, but not me! But at the same time, the overriding importance of the mission, the overriding sense of awe at the stories I get to hear and convey to the world, and above all the overriding sense of honor. I’ve been honored to have this opportunity, I didn’t do anything to get this, it just landed in my lap. An those feelings (which are never far below the surface for me) rise up like hot air balloons and keep me going.
And whenever I talk about OUTWORDS, it all comes back. I just get so excited.