The Gandalf Syndrome

Pretty often, book [or movie or series] characters push others to get things done—to get the most out of themselves.

These characters seem to be powerful, wise, and to have done great things before, but they do not really exemplify it. They do not take action.

Instead, they motivate others to pursue their goals. Goals that—while seemingly impossible at first—are achieved in the end. Even when those others thought they were not capable of doing it.

Is someone motivating you to achieve your goals? And, more important, who are you motivating?