Inspire or impress?

Photo courtesy of BK (Creative Commons)

Photo courtesy of BK (Creative Commons)

I read an article recently where singer/musician Keith Urban was quoted as saying, “I don’t want to impress, I want to inspire.”

I am intrigued by the statement, because so many people, especially those in the spotlight, are only happy when they are impressing their audience. It seems like many folks I am in contact with want me to be impressed by what they do and say. I’m not.

The people who quietly do awesome things for others, making a difference but not calling attention to themselves. The ones who lead by example. They inspire me.

They also impress me – with their humility, their concern for others, and their unassuming nature.

My guess is they are truly happy.

What are you out to do? Impress or inspire?