How Inspiring Are You?

By: Zoe Samuel

How Inspiring Are You?
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About This Quiz

We're all looking for a little inspiration in this modern world of ours, in which consumerist thinking and our busy lives tend to gobble up far too much of our energy. We can get so bogged down in our work, that we simply don't have a moment to look for something luminous or transcendent to give us purpose. While we might find this in prayer, in our work, or in art, sometimes we find it in people.

There are plenty of people who set out to inspire others, from political and business leaders to people of faith to writers and artists. However, very often the most inspiring people never actually mean to become leaders and spend much of their lives not standing out. They just do the right thing without getting very much credit for it, and never do anything especially noteworthy. Others might live a very ordinary life most of the time but suddenly, have a moment to shine when they happen to witness a crime or an injustice and discover their latent superhero stepping in with vigilante justice or the perfect words for the moment. Others are simply so kind and decent that, once you see them in action, you cannot help but be moved.

How inspiring are you, exactly - and if you are, what form does it take? Let's find out!

Do people naturally gravitate to you?
Yes, constantly and immediately
Not really
Definitely not
Only slowly

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Can you give criticism without being cruel?
If I want to
I try but don't always succeed.
No, that defeats the point.
Yes, easily

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Do people often ignore you?
Nope
Once in a while
They notice me for the wrong reasons!
Always

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Do you like to get attention?
I love it and often get it!
I like it but never get it!
I fear it!
I hate it!

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Have you ever seen a crime in process, and what did you do if so?
I beat up the baddie!
I filmed it and intervened way more bravely than was entirely sensible.
I ran away!
I called the police.

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Do you consider yourself a good role model?
Everyone says I am.
I say so but nobody agrees.
Definitely no
Actually, yes

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How's your public speaking?
Exceptional
Occasional flashes of awesome
Terrible
I'm told it's better than I believe it to be.

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Have you ever written a book?
Yes, many
Yes, but it was not published.
Of course not
I did but I would never show it to anyone.

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What is your top achievement?
Making millions of dollars
I once found a Metrocard with $100 on it!
I once finished a huge jar of Vaseline.
Being a good parent

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Have you ever changed your body in some dramatic way?
Yes, I became ripped.
I lost 30 pounds.
I gained 10 pounds. Does that count?
I grew and then gave birth to a human being.

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Have you ever quit a job without another job lined up?
Yes, and college too
Not voluntarily
I wouldn't dare
Only once, on principle

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Have you ever left a relationship that was turning toxic?
Yes, many times
Once
No, I am toxic and I can't leave myself, can I?
Fortunately,‚Äč I have not had to do that.

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Have you ever publicly stood up to someone more powerful than you?
No one is more powerful than me.
Once, it was great.
Nope
Once but it didn't work.

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What's one way that you practice what you preach?
I tell people to succeed and I am successful!
I don't fly much, for the climate.
I don't
I'm kind

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Do you take care of those around you?
Yes, mostly financially
When I can
No
Yes, everyone - to a fault!

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Have you ever mentored someone?
Yes, many people
Once, it was cool!
No
A few people

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Do you have kids?
Yes, grown-up ones
Not yet
I don't even know, man.
Yes, they are little.

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Do you care for any older or disabled people?
I pay for a lot of relatives!
Not full time, but yes, I do.
No
Yes, an in-law

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Are you kind to animals?
Sure, if they're there.
Yes, I have a dog.
Not really
Yes, I am a vegan.

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Have you ever conquered a terrible habit or even an addiction?
Yes, a big one
I stopped biting my nails.
Not yet
I stopped constantly doing myself down.

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Have you ever been convicted of a crime but gone on to live a good and productive life?
Yes, a financial crime
No, but I did some things that might warrant that.
No, I am still a criminal.
I have never been convicted of a crime.

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Have you ever made amends for something terrible and had the person truly forgive you?
Yes, a few times
I've tried, but they didn't forgive me.
I wouldn't dare.
I've never hurt anyone that bad.

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Have you ever been the leader of a group and taken sole responsibility for all of its mistakes?
Of course, that is my job.
No, but I've taken my fair share!
No, the point of a group is not to have to do that.
I have never been the leader.

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Have you ever been a tutor, teacher, or instructor?
All of the above
Not really
Only in the sense that I show people what NOT to do
Yes, but not for money

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Have you ever helped someone walk out of a bad situation? For example, made space for a bully's victim to exit the scene by getting between them?
Yes, a few times
Just once - it was terrifying!
No
Yes, but nobody noticed.

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Do you dress well?
Exceptionally well, yes
I scrub up nicely.
Not really
I don't think so.

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Do you have a high-powered job?
Yes, I am a CEO.
I am a middle manager.
No, I have hardly any job.
No, I volunteer.

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Are you respectable by the standards of the place in which you live?
Extremely
Yes, more than average
No
Mostly yes

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Do you ask for what is due to you?
I ask for whatever I can and then share the excess!
I surely do!
I don't know what is due to me.
No, I'm too shy.

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Have you ever had a piece of chocolate in your house for so long without eating it that it went bad?
I carry a piece of chocolate for just such a reason.
I don't think so.
LOL, no!
Yes, it was crazy.

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