I’m pleased to welcome John Fioravanti here today on his “Reflections” Blog Tour! It’s a wonderful book I recently enjoyed:)
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Why Are Inspirational Quotes Appealing?
I enjoy a well-crafted inspirational quote, but this is not true for everyone. Such quotes, designed to inspire people to act, leave many people unmoved. This fact begs the question, why? As the author of a book that reflects on the meaning of a collection of fifty inspirational quotes, I will offer some thoughts as to why some people look to motivational quotes for inspiration in their lives.
Journalist, Hannah Brooks Olsen, in her article “Mantras Matter: Why We Love Inspirational Quotes So Much” contends that quotes offer us a new way of looking at an idea and to consider it in the light of our own ideas and beliefs. They can also stimulate new ideas, reinforce ideas we already have, and they are a lot like having a conversation with a friend.
Olsen suggests that many people are motivated to fit into certain categories or types of people. Quotes can affirm what we know or think we know about ourselves. Therefore, these pearls of wisdom can be personally satisfying as an identifier of social status or personal preference. It seems that quotes can reassure us about our own self-concept or ignite us into action to become what we desire.
While quotes might inspire us immediately, their impact does not last over the long haul. Some would argue that we would benefit more by reminding ourselves daily to do today what I can repeat tomorrow and thus build habits of living that will help us achieve long-term success. The value of quotes may not last long, but they can provide an important boost to get us moving in the right direction again.
Interestingly, I found an article by Gwen Moran, “The Science Behind Why Inspirational Quotes Motivate Us” that tackles the question from a scientific perspective. She claims that the appeal appears to lie in a combination of good wordsmithing, motivational psychology, and a measure of self-selection or how we see ourselves as belonging to a particular group or category of people.
Moran asserts that if someone else believes I can achieve something, it can be a powerful motivator. For example, a teacher, a coach, or a mentor can often move us to act in the face of a difficult challenge. Often a quote will contain some implied coaching that will appeal to us.
Powerful language can inspire us because we are drawn to well-expressed wisdom. Some quotes utilize internal rhyming that will draw us in and create strong appeal. A metaphor can make a simple idea appealing because implied comparisons make the subject clearer or simpler. We often see sports metaphors used in simple quotes.
As well, we look up to role models in our lives and look to leaders in many different fields for guidance. Because these people are successful, we look to them for wisdom even if the quote has nothing to do with their particular field of endeavour.
When I choose a quote as the subject for a reflection, it is the idea that it expresses that attracts me. I have found hundreds of quotes that I liked but found unsuitable for the purpose of a reflection. I don’t look for a quote to motivate me to act; rather, I look for words that will stop me in my tracks and spur me to look beneath the surface. I seek to better understand the meaning of life and how best to live it – how to become a better version of myself. I hope that my reflections will cause my readers to stop in their tracks too.
The Reflections Book Trailer:
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Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2020
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As I read these collections of reflections, I noticed that I have read and been inspired by some of them at other forums. These are words to live by, words that inspire. Most of those behind these sayings did not start life as winners but through their setbacks and experiences gained from scaling these setbacks, they were propelled into thinking only of how to actualize their dreams. Their positive thinking about life made them winners.
All of these inspirations, from Helen Keller, Steve Jobs, Mary Kay Ash, Maya Angelou, to Nonnie Jules, just to mention a few of them, left us a rich legacy of words to live by, words that will propel our lives toward good if only we can internalize and apply them to the way we live and think.
All these thoughts left me thinking of my own life and how some of the sayings are a reflection of my own life, I am a positive thinker and I found all of the sayings true lessons for life. Those are words that would help one who is on the path of perdition right back on the right path. True redemptive gems! I see this as a handbook for those souls who need to be constantly reminded of what life is. It is very beautifully written. I recommend it!
– by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko
John Fioravanti is a retired secondary school educator who completed his thirty-five-year career in the classroom in June 2008. Throughout his career, John focused on developing research, analysis, and essay writing skills in his History classroom. This led to the publication of his first non-fiction work for student use, Getting It Right in History Class. A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching is his second non-fiction work; it attempts to crystallize the struggles, accomplishments, and setbacks experienced in more than three decades of effort to achieve excellence in his chosen field.
John’s first work of fiction is Passion & Struggle, Book One of The Genesis Saga, and is set within Kenneth Tam’s Equations universe (Iceberg Publishing). He claims that, after two non-fiction books, he’s having the time of his life bringing new stories and characters to life! Book Two is Treachery & Triumph.
At present, John lives in Waterloo, Ontario with Anne, his bride of forty-six years. They have three children and three grandchildren. In December of 2013, John and Anne founded Fiora Books for the express purpose of publishing John’s books.