Who inspires you?

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According to a friend of my lovely friend who I’ve mentioned before on the blog, there are ‘plodders’ and ‘doers’ in life. She herself is definitely a doer. Although she doesn’t have a more than a GCSE to her name, she has always worked hard and had a respectable career in accounting before having her kids. She then worked part time in the same field for several years until taking the plunge and setting up her own business as a photographer last year. She is doing incredibly well, and I am utterly thrilled for her success. Of course I’m biased, but her work speaks for itself. She sure is one very talented lady.

Another doer that I’d like to mention is also a dear friend who is a stay at home mum. She and her partner have three kids – they home educate, run a sizable house (ex-small holding) with several acres of land, grow lots of food, keep chickens, have a wood burning stove. It’s a very Good Life type life. When they moved to their house it was a wreck – completely water damaged, needed a new roof, everything – it took a year to rebuild and they lived onsite in a caravan. They had their two year old son in tow at first, and she was heavily pregnant with their daughter, who lived in the caravan for the first nine months of her life. Their determined focus on the end goal continues to be an inspiration to me, and probably will be for as long as I live. I don’t think I could have coped with what they endured to be honest.

I have some wonderfully fabulous plodder friends too. They are stable, secure, happy go lucky people. Folk that had nice upbringings, lovely families and want nothing more out of life but a decent job, roof over their head and happy kids. These guys can inspire me just as much as the doers, because if we were all trying to build houses, set up businesses, write books and climb the career ladder it would be very boring and even more competitive a world than it currently is.

My husband is also a constant source of inspiration to me. He goes to work every day to provide for us. Never shies away from the dirty work, takes the middle of the night wake ups like pro. He is also exceptionally dedicated to his fitness, and no matter how sleep deprived we are he will muster up the energy for a work out. Amazing.

They say you are as good as the company you keep, and I know I’m very blessed where this is concerned. Where would you put yourself on the Plodder/Doer scale? Who inspires you? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below πŸ™‚


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30 thoughts on “Who inspires you?

  1. I know a lot of people who genuinely do not feel like this. Plodding isn’t a negative label, it’s just a way to describe the way they operate. I went on a course a few years ago, and the trainer said that in the main people display characteristics similar to animals. There were 5 or 6, ranging from the lion to the elephant, and the gist was similar to my friends’ plodder/doer scale. We need the elephants just as much as the lions…

    I used to describe myself as a lion. I’d throw myself into the line of fire at every opportunity if I felt I’d benefit in some way (financially, career wise, etc) but would often get seriously burnt. I had a devil may care attitude then, life was about having fun and trying to ‘be someone’. Nowadays I’m much more risk averse, and prefer a drama-free existence. Life revolves around my kids & hubby, and for me it’s perfectly fine to say that I sit somewhere in the middle of the plodder/doer scale.

    Of course some folk just don’t like labels, and that’s fine. Each to their own. Thanks for commenting and for the mention πŸ™‚

  2. I love inspirational people. It’s a word I like to use to define people I choose as friends. Inspirational means people who do their best to be kind, to support others, but who also have a strong sense of purpose and excitement in their lives of wanting things.

  3. Hi – I’ve just uploaded a post which I just wrote off the back of this idea of ‘doers’ and ‘plodders’ and I just wanted to say that I think you’re probably right that there are two different kinds of person – one of whom can take on incredibly daunting tasks and challenges and push themselves to limits most of us wouldn’t dream of. But for the rest of us I think we’re looking at more small scale versions of ‘doing’ and, as you will see if you read my post, I really don’t like the word ‘plodder’! I think what is really meant by this is anyone who is living in a bit of a hiatus – ‘on hold’ if you will! I’m not sure if I can think of the ‘right’ word off the top of my head but then again, as you say we’re all striving to balance our lives with what is the right combination for us and, as W.H. Davies said in his lovely poem “What is life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?” – sometimes its just time to stand and stare I guess before hitting the play button again!!

  4. That’s an interesting take on it, and the correct answer is probably both! As long as the doers aren’t over stretching themselves, and the plodders are content then happy days all round I say πŸ™‚

  5. I am definitely a doer i cant sit still even when i am sitting im doing 1 or 2 things i have a friend who is a plodder and i love her she inspires me and i love how she makes me feel good about my doing, and your conversation makes me wonder do the plodders get inspired by what they see doers doing and are doers inspired by plodders acknowledging doers

  6. Thanks so much for your comment. Hubby is definitely a keeper :o) Sometimes you have to take a bit of plodding on the chin, otherwise you won’t have any energy left for doing xx

  7. I’m probably a bit of both, was defiantly a doer before kids and even before no.2 but now no.2 is nearly 1 I am craving to be a plodder but I know I couldn’t give it up completely but my ‘doing’ focus has changed from house, carer, holidays to fun projects and memories for the boys. x

  8. I think by nature I am a doer – I continually want to do things, gets ideas and end up juggling tasks and wanting to do more than I actually can do. I am plodding a bit at the moment, for various reasons and am finding it a bit frustrating. Your hubby sounds fab xx

  9. That’s easy – YOU inspire me! Along my wonderful Sister. I’m very lucky. I’m also a dooer, but my husband is a plodder, so I guess that’s a nice even balance?! πŸ˜‰

  10. This is a lovely post, and it sounds like you have some wonderful people around you now. I’m a doer, though I know I couldn’t have put up with that caravan life – well done to your friend! As you say, we need a good mix of both to keep us all happy x

  11. I think I’m a combination of both πŸ™‚ Before marriage and my daughter, I was definitely a doer! At the moment, I consider myself more of a plodder now, I plod on with my three-year-old and having loads of fun plodding on with her πŸ™‚ #MagicMoments.

  12. I used to be an extreme Doer, working constantly and trying to build a life, career, everything :). Now I’ve calmed down a lot and want to be a plodder. My nature doesn’t let me do this 100% but I’m getting there. I really admire plodders. They are content and that is an amazing thing I think.

  13. I’d say I’m a doer, I get too bored to be a plodder. I get crazy ideas and have achieved some amazing things but then I get bored and have to move onto the next thing, this means I admire plodders, I’d like to be able to have that continuity and still find life interesting. #MM

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