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.


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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