National Spark the World Day – August 26, 2022

National Spark the World Day lights up our calendar annually on August 26. Just as fun as this holiday sounds, its purpose is even more interesting and fulfilling. This day was created to appreciate the people who go the extra mile to inspire others and spark them up to greatness. Before your hopes get dashed, we are not just talking about professionals, such as motivational speakers, who make this their full-time job — ordinary individuals like you and us can also be honorees on this special day. This holiday was created by speaker, author, and life coach, Simon T. Bailey to encourage each of us to be a source of inspiration to others.

History of National Spark the World Day

This holiday, although a little obscure and unpopular, is one of the most inspiring and fulfilling ones you may ever come across. It encourages us to look outside ourselves and focus on how we impact other people’s lives for the better.

National Spark the World Day is all about honoring those who proactively go out of their way to be a source of inspiration to others, thereby encouraging others to do the same. A common and well-known example of such individuals can be seen in the lives of motivational speakers. These professionals make it their lifelong mission to impact as many lives as they can through inspiring words and techniques. They provoke you to push the envelope, put your struggles aside, and reach for the stars.

Motivational speakers have existed throughout history in various forms. You can find them in ancient history through religious, spiritual, and practical philosophies and texts. You can also find them in more modern times through the lives of monumental people in history like Ralph Waldo Emerson and the founder of this holiday, Simon T. Bailey.

Bailey is a speaker, author, life coach, and entrepreneur. He boasts of an admirable career in hospitality and was the former Sales Director of the Disney Institute for the Walt Disney Company. He is the founder of the Brilliance Institute and Simon T. Bailey International.

Although motivational speakers are the easiest point of reference for inspirational outreach, we can all be a part of the movement by encouraging the people around us to reach for a better version of themselves every day. Bailey created this day to honor those who light a spark in others, encouraging us all to follow in those footsteps.

National Spark the World Day timeline

1800s
Lighting the Way

One of the earliest, most revolutionary motivational speakers, Ralph Waldo Emerson, lives and works in this period.

1968
Legend in the Making

Simon T. Bailey is born on August 26 in Buffalo, New York.

2003
A Wider Platform

Bailey establishes Simon T. Bailey International.

2020
Spark it Up

Simon T. Bailey International, Inc creates National Spark the World Day.

National Spark the World Day FAQs

Who’s the world’s top motivational speaker?

Motivational speakers all over the world are ranked for a range of traits based on popularity, both online and in-person. Some of these attributes include impact, relatability, and a variety of others. As a result, sources typically employ personal judgment and other references to establish their ranking, which can vary between platforms. Having said that, although we cannot definitively bestow the title, the top three most popular motivational speakers are Tony Robbins, Les Brown, and Eric Thomas, in no particular order.

What are the types of motivation?

The two broadest categories of motivation are Intrinsic and Extrinsic motivation. Intrinsic comes from within ourselves and is usually stirred up when we accomplish milestones and goals — usually, in developing new skills — we had privately set for ourselves. Extrinsic motivation comes from outside ourselves and is stirred up by actions we perform for other people, admiration from others, or validation through other means like certifications and degrees.

How can we spark the world at work?

Work-place motivation is usually caused by incentive provision. Employers are encouraged to place reward schemes, recognition, personal and career development programs, and other incentives in place to motivate their employees to be more productive. Also, utilizing their skills and passions as opposed to enforcing obligations fosters motivation.

National Spark the World Day Activities

  1. Share inspirational content

    Inspiring words ignite a person's heart like nothing else. If you don't know what to say, don't worry because there is a wealth of inspirational stuff available online. Spread some light today by sharing some of this inspiring stuff on your social media platforms or directly with your friends and family.

  2. Say some kind words

    One great way to inspire individuals to do better is by saying a few kind words to get them through their day. It can be something as small as wishing them a good day or as much as composing a sweet text to let them know they are valued. Make sure you spread some kindness and light some sparks today.

  3. Attend a seminar or webinar

    You deserve to get fired up today too! The quickest way to do that is by attending a motivational seminar or a webinar like a TED Talk. They are also a great way to gain content you can use to inspire others in your life.

5 Facts About Motivation

  1. You reap what you sow

    Seeing someone succeed at something you encouraged them to do creates a great source of motivation for you.

  2. It can be from within

    Intrinsic motivation comes from us achieving goals and milestones we set for ourselves.

  3. Celebrating helps

    Rejoicing in the small wins gets us fired up and motivated to do more.

  4. It’s not the same as inspiration

    When we feel inspired, it’s a longer-lasting effect that stirs up long-term passions and purpose.

  5. It’s a chain effect

    Surveys and findings prove that people who achieve things they were motivated to do, always want to do more.

Why We Love National Spark the World Day

  1. It’s not about us

    This holiday is one of the most selfless ones in the archives. National Spark the World Day is all about encouraging others to be great, and we love that about it the most.

  2. Inspiration is the goal

    The main goal of this holiday is to inspire others to reach greater heights. We all appreciate a little bit of inspiration every day because it encourages us to keep going regardless of the odds stacked against us, and we love a good opportunity to inspire others too.

  3. It makes us our best versions

    National Spark the World Day is all about encouraging us to be the best versions of ourselves. We love this quality of the holiday because it encourages us to push the envelope and the best possible versions of ourselves.

National Spark the World Day dates

YearDateDay
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