What do you call a person who motivates or inspires?

My choices so far:

  • motivational source
  • inspirational source
  • source of motivation
  • source of inspiration

Being a non-native speaker, I don’t know which one to use. What I want to say is that somebody has been motivating me since 2008, so the whole sentence would read:

  • John Doe was motivational source since 2008.
  • John Doe was the source of motivation since 2008.

Answer

Your second two phrases are correct, the first two are not. It would be correct to say “a source of motivation/inspiration”, but not “an inspirational/motivational source“.

So in your example, you might say “John Doe has been a source of motivation to me since 2008.”

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