Where’s the Place That Inspires You?

By Phil Cooke

Now that it’s summer, it’s good to remember that for most people, geography impacts inspiration. There are extraordinary places on the planet that spark our imaginations and light up our creativity. The problem is, most people never think about “location” when it comes to creativity. Trust me – high performing creative people know the places that inspire them.

For novelist Stephen King, it’s Durham, Maine, where he grew up in the 60’s. For poet Langston Hughes, it was the jazz clubs of Harlem. For Toy Inventor A.C. Gilbert, it’s the train line in Connecticut.

For me, it’s the area around Donner Lake, near Lake Tahoe, here in California. It’s the most beautiful place on the earth, and my favorite place to be.

What about you? What place inspires your creativity?

Wherever it is, get there. Schedule more time there. Let the location seep into you, refresh you, and inspire you to do greater things.

Nothing heals the day to day grind like a change of location. And when that change of location is the most inspiring place you can think of, something creative is bound to happen.

What’s your most inspiring location?


Phil Cooke, Ph.D. is a producer and media consultant to churches and ministries across the country. His latest book is “The Way Back: How Christians Blew Their Credibility and How We Get It Back.” Find out more at www.philcooke.com.

About Author