What generally inspires people to work is a positive interest in the field... What inspires me is pure hatred for it...
I was 10 when I started hating the concept of praying someone ‘coz he/she/it could shower blessings on you... It was more a hatred against the peripherals and not the core concept. Nevertheless, that inspired me... I delved into Hindu mythology, read up a lot and drew parallels across the domain... Compared different philosophies... Identified self-contradictions (The Hindu Mythology is replete with them... situations modified to get the desired results and results modified to match situations and learnings). Basically, my hatred towards it made me work for it and I was richer in knowledge of the subject... And ultimately learned that it did not deserve my hatred... it was just a few people who try to use it to their personal gains, not just in the present ages but from the age of the kings.
Then I hated computers... they were just machines taking away credit from human intelligence, ability and creativity... There were programming languages which were designed to confuse the common man so that the computer geeks could maintain their supremacy... This hatred made me learn about computers... fiddle around with them until I reached a stage where I couldn’t be away from them. I learnt to use the computer such that I don’t overpower the human aspects while just using the complex power of the device. I decided to work on original stuff (most of my design work consists of self-designed posters and not ones which just have a flick-off from one site and one from other).
My most recent hatred is “Finance”.
What do the brightest minds of the world work on – it’s all complexifying the basics, i.e. accounts!!! Giving complex names so that the I-Bankers can make money out of duping people with their "higher intellect" and "View"... Speculating performances of markets and companies some without even knowing the business of companies. How do you believe in a method that relies on neck-lines and shoulder-lines!!! Now I’m sure, there is some logic (or is it) to all this but as earlier, I’m yet to delve into the field. And once I do, I’m sure I’ll start hating it less for all goods it presents. But there is one big problem here; the field is very vast and interlinked... There is no C-language which will give me the basic of all others... There is no Krishna, who, while epitomising slyness, taught the otherwise fa(LU)natic Hindu the art of pragmatism and strategy. Also alas, I’m yet to find myself a mentor who will let me into his/her fin know-how and be ready to tackle Puneet at his sarcastic and analytical best... who will push me question the concept and learn along... one who would be willing to use this novice's views and research for his work...
Looking for my mentor,
P.S. Statutory Disclaimer: My hatred for finance doesn't relate to any association, event (past or forthcoming) or person.