This is a beautiful post from Alinea at Home.  It is worth reading the whole thing, but this bit resonates with me.

And that’s why I think I was drawn to the Alinea cookbook above anything else.  Because it’s so not me, but represents traits and skills I admire in others, but had not yet been willing to take the risk to figure out how to adapt or embed in myself.  I don’t know if it’s possible for me to change in that way or explore the possibility of rewiring (or even just tinkering with) my brain in this manner, but I knew I needed to get better about breaking out of my comfort zone, and doing it with food seemed to me to be a path that would make me the most willing to learn.

There are people who inspire and there are people who are very good at getting inspired by others.  We need both.