We all need the occasional doona day. But if a doona day stretches into a week, returning to the normal rhythm of life can be challenging. Sources of Inspiration is a series of articles designed to share inspirational and motivational content from around the web. All free, and all easily available to you when you need that extra little push to get out of the front door and take on the world. This time it’s BBC’s Desert Island Discs.
Created in 1942, Desert Island Discs is one of the longest-running and most successful Radio Four programs. Its simple format and clean, uncomplicated production make it easy listening and appealing to a broad audience. Each episode is an interview between the host (currently Kirsty Young) and a guest who will be ‘cast away’ to a desert island.
Through the eight records that the guests chooses to take with them and the conversation surrounding their choices the listener gains an understanding of the guest’s history, upbringing, career and character. At the end of the show they are also asked to choose one book they would take with them, as well as one luxury item.
While many of the guests on Desert Island Discs are in the public eye to some degree, they vary enormously, and include actors, scientists, businesswomen, pastors and entrepreneurs. An enormous amount of the vast archive is available to download or listen to online – the hardest thing about this programme is choosing where to begin!
Desert Island Discs is inspiring because it allows the listener access to an enormous variety of successful people. Whether you wish to follow those in your field or become open to completely new ideas, this program continually challenges and excites.