Some of us look up to people like Will Smith, Bill Gates, and Michael Dell, 50 Cent, Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckerberg as role models in our lives. They keep us motivated for whatever types of dreams we have and we want to follow their footsteps.
I get my inspiration from the popular Japanese anime series Naruto. It is the story of a young ninja and his journey to become the village leader (Hokage). When I feel demotivated, I watch Naruto. When I’m having a bad day, I watch Naruto. Yes the show is fun and has a great story but there is also room to appreciate his character. He inspires me to work harder and appreciate simple things like having your own sense of identity.
Here are my reasons:
1. He never gives up
As he says, “That is my way of the ninja!” If learning a new ninja technique means he has to practice for endless days and nights, he will do it until he learns it. As far as it means he gets to be stronger and better prepared to achieve his dream, he will push a mountain with his mind until it moves.
I like hardworking people because they will always get rewarded. I have dreams in life like everyone else but it will always remain as dreams if I don’t do anything about them.
2. Never judge a book by its cover (Naruto is the perfect example)
He can be stupid, clumsy, the clown of the class and not the coolest but he is a heck of a ninja. He might not look it but he is just being himself. He doesn’t try to change is persona or let pride get to him. I myself would like to surprise people like this. Because I don’t where the sharpest clothes or throw money around doesn’t mean you should underestimate me.
3. He has endured pain
As a child, no parents, no friends and deemed as the village curse. Naruto was lonely as a child. As an outcast he clearly had the chance to turn evil but he always endured his pain. We all go through rough times in life sometimes and we might be tempted to take the easy but wrong option. I see his lesson as holding on and persevering till something good comes your way. Always keep your head up.
4. He holds his beliefs close to his heart
Your best friend has turned evil, he is placed under the most wanted list for his crimes, and he doesn’t care about you anymore. Some people just forget about people like this and move one. Naruto isn’t just your normal person. He dedicated his life to bringing back his friend Sasuke and changing him for the better. He still feels that there is good in him and doesn’t want to give up. He even offers himself for punishment instead of his friend. That mentality of holding on to what you believe in so strongly is one to be admired.
Drop your comments below if you’ve ever been inspired by Naruto.