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Who would you say inspires you?
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This question is something that you should have an answer ready for at all times. Perhaps you look up to a parent who was a hard worker, or a teacher who encouraged you to become who you are today. Whomever this inspiring person may be, remember that the interviewer is looking for a heartfelt response.
Answer examples
"My inspiration comes from my grandmother. She has spent every day of her life working hard and I have never once heard her complain about being tired and overworked. She taught me the value of a good reputation and I still seek out her opinion when I need inspiration."
"There are many industry leaders that inspire me but I would have to say that my greatest inspiration comes from my mother who always taught me to stay focused and goal oriented, no matter the obstacles that come my way. This way of thinking has greatly attributed to my success."
"I am inspired by the workers on the assembly line. Many of them have hectic lives, mouths to feed, and less than impressive education. They overcome their hardships and come to work every day to make life better for themselves and their children."
Sales answer example
"While it may sound cliche, my father is really inspiring to me. He moved here in his 30s with two kids, a wife, no English, and no transferrable education. He literally worked as a pizza delivery driver to make ends meet while going to school to learn to code. We may have moved a lot when I was little, but it was because he was always trying to find the next better school for us. I learned my work ethic from him and that I'm never too old to learn something new and push out of my comfort zone."
Retail answer example
"I'm inspired by my friend, Austin. He started a business at age 14, mowing lawns, and built it from there. He took a risk by not going to college, and we all thought he was nuts, but now he has an incredibly successful business with 3 locations, a brand-new home, and an incredibly happy family life with two cute kiddos. He saw what he wanted from a young age, made a plan to make it happen, and has executed it so well, without sacrificing his happiness or pursuit of family. I think that's really inspiring."
Teacher answer example
"My oldest son really inspires me and has been probably my greatest teacher in life. First borns are apt to do that for any parent, but my son has autism, so he has taught me an entirely different way to look at life, understand it, and approach it in a creative way. I am very fortunate that he is relatively typical and can communicate with us, is mostly mainstreamed, and the like, but he is definitely different. It helps me think differently about how to connect with our world, how to see things in a unique way, how everyone's perspective is valid. I am inspired by his passion for life, his creative brain, and his eternally happy spirit. He teaches me so much every single day, and I try to infuse my classroom with the lessons he gives me, too."
Marketing answer example
"I work in a volunteer capacity with a family owned business that was founded in order to give adults with special needs a community and a place to work, and honestly what they're doing for their son, the special needs community, and the entire broader community near them is so inspiring to me. I have always been taught to give back and "be the change", and they're walking the walk. It inspires me to make sure I make an impact on this world and give back whenever and however possible."

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User-Submitted Answers

Who would you say inspires you?
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My Father was my greatest inspiration. He was working from the time he was 10 years old and never stopped until he passed.
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Parents father worked 2 job and mom was a stay at home mom, work hard good things happen its so true.
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My inspiration in my life would be religion and family. I always have God to inspire me and my family to motivate me. Everyday I thank the Lord for giving me another day to spend with my family and to thrive in my job so that I am able to care of my family.
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My mother is the greatest inspiration to my life because she working hard since from at the age of 10 years like being hard worker now she is very happily living me and my brothers and sisteres.
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My mother is the greatest inspiration to my life because she works very hard since from at the age of 10 years.
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My cousin Jessica because she has done extremely well in school and she has got a good job and she is still thriving to be better.
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My dad, he inspired me to follow my passion, with horses and vet nursing.
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I have been grown up with family where my sisters are nurse I have inspired from them.
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Albert Einstein who achieved his success before age 25
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My father he always dedicated to his work, as well as he always work hard to get things done and achieve his goals.
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My mother she has been my greatest inspiration throughout my life.
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Mr. Bill Gate because as the richest man in the world, he dedicates his life, money and energy for philanthropies.
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My mom, she kept me on my toes and showed me life isnt easy.
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My Dad, he had the ability to be a friend yet had the right balance to receive respect. He was an excellent role model, he taught me how to be a good human being with a strong work ethic and good morals. If I can achieve what my dad did with me in my own children I will be very proud.
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Interesting question. Do you mean work related? If work related I would say Ian Turner MD ar SMPE. How he deveopled. If not it would be Greg Baer - I was going through a rough patch financially and emotionally in my marriage. I came into contact with him, and he showed me how to transform my life into principles that helped me understand myself and others around me. If you can understand human behaviour, self and others - it's real cool.
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Getting the opportunity to go over to Canada to work with Spartan race.
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My son Hayden, I became a mom at a young age and he is what keeps me going. I want him to have the best so I will work hard to give him the best.
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My greatest inspirations are my closest friends. Watching the people I've been through school with gracefully adapt to their lives and careers post college inspires me to work hard and do the same.
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Tell me about your previous work experience as an administrative/support professional.
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Darren Hardy, he has such a solid mindset and the way he lives his life is amazing. He is incredibly kind and generous. He is always willing to share his time and energy with others to help out each other.
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My grand daughter. She became a mother at a young age. She completed high school, has attended college and just completed training for medical assistant. Is currently employed full-time after completing an externship ans and OJT. Her goal is to become a Registered Nurse. Is has been a difficult journey for her with the caring for her child and attending school. Am very proud of her.
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My greatest inspiration is my father who teaches me to never lose my hope and always fight fearlessly for what you want. He without any help from my grandparents, established our family and I am here only because of him.
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Ms. Behan, she was my algebra teacher and she is the reason I chose the field of education. She inspired each and every one of her students, not just the athletes or the cheerleaders, she cared for all her students.
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My kids. I strive harder to give them a brighter future than what I had.
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My dad is, because he always told me never to give up in life, always push yourself and then you can do anything you want.
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My greatest inspiration in my life today is my grandmother. It is because despite the hardships in life, she managed to raise her kids well and give them their needs.
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My greatest insipration is my mum who has contastnly worked hard her whole life, always with a cheerful attitude and never complains.
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Elon Musk because he is a phenominal innovator.
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My father. He was very detailed oriented and taught me a business etiquette that is strong in helping others.
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Swami Vivekanand, Iinspired more this people, he said, never loose your strength get ready to do do something special.
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Deffinetely my mom. She was allways a positive person and she was always telling me that if something goes wrong today, tomorrow will be a new day to think of where I was wrong.
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My mother she is a disabled unemployed single parent who against all sorts of problems has raised 3 children on her own.
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My patents have been my greatest inspiration.
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The person who has been my greatest inspiration is my sister because she help me out with whatever I need.
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My grandma because she taught me the benefits of hardwork and the importance of self-discipline.
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Every working lady is my inspiration because they are proving themselves to the world.
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My family because I want them to have a brighter future.
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My great inspiration is my mum she's a very strong women who work all live to provide for her family.
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My mum is my inspiration in my life today, because she is the one who gives first managerial and leadership skills to child.
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My seniors, because I learned number of things from them.
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Regardless of political views Hillary Clinton is most definetly an inspiration for all women.
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My son he give me motivation in anything.
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My great grandfather. He was a war hero saving hundreds of lives in WW2
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My great grandfather. He was a war hero saving hundreds of lives in WW2
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My Father was my greatest inspiration. He was working from the time he was 10 years old and never stopped.
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My Father was my greatest inspiration. He was working from the time he was 10 years old and never stopped.
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I am not inspired by anuone I want to be inspirational.
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I am obsessed with a healthy lifestyle. I love working out and encourage my family members to do the same. We all together try to figure out different strategies to keep ourselves fit and best of all we're able to encourage each other to take life as a gift and make the best out of it. As you must have known by now that I am an ESL instructor and I have worked relentlessly to enhance my students' language abilities through innovative ideas. Similarly I would like to make use of my teaching skills and bring about a positive change in Goodlife fitness' clients as a personal fitness instructor.
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My inspiration in my life is my mother. She is very dedicated to her work and hard working. She has supported me through everything and I couldn't be more thankful for that.
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There are many people who inspired me in my life. However, the current CFO of Siemens caused more inspiration than all others.
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When I encounter a challenge, I have learnt that this is an opportunity to stretch myself and learn something new. Whenever I allow myself to learn something new, I get better at the task in hand.
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My parents they have instilled good meals and values and I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for them.
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I would have to say God, because with out him providing me the strength and knowledge to take care of my family and to be a provider and hard worker for your organization.