I was inspired by Dr Richard Mitchell at the University of Brighton when I studied there (it was called something different then). He was interested in developing quality, maintainable software through the application of appropriate advances in methodologies, tooling and software engineering principles. There were other lecturers too.
I have been driven as much, in a contrary manner, by the masses of people who think that cobbling together some rubbish is acceptable. This drive is fed by my total disagreement with their central belief that "it will do". I believe in pragmatism but there must be a reasonable attempt to deliver something of quality.
From my point of view, some people are inspirations yet others inspire me to do better than they do.
-- Stop your grinnin' and drop your linen...they're everywhere!!!