Episode 7: Relentlessly Pursuing What Sets Your Soul on Fire with Lili Ruland

Episode 7: Relentlessly Pursuing What Sets Your Soul on Fire with Lili Ruland
Episode 7 with Lili Ruland

On this episode of the You Inspire Me Podcast, I chat with my friend and West Point classmate, Lili Ruland. Lili is someone who not only pursues her own dreams but also creates her own path with a smile as she does it! Although she shares how she has faced adversity on her journey, she describes how she always makes the most out of every opportunity she has. Lili defines inspiration as the “deeper sister to motivation,” and shares her analogy of stoking the fire to provide us with a visual for her inspiration.


  • Her inspiration for serving and attending West Point dates back to when she was 12-years-old, and she has never stopped pursuing her dreams!
  • Lili shares how she was continuously inspired by her teammates on the Women’s Army Rugby (WAR) teammate at West Point, and she even gives a shoutout to Ashley Wolfe from Episode 2
  • She was a Defense Strategic Studies (DSS) major at West Point and also cross-commissioned into the U.S. Air Force to be a pilot
  • Her advice to others is to just “jump in,” as she provides us with the vignette of jumping into a cold lake and the excitement, fear, and adventures new opportunities bring
  • Lili shared her favorite inspiring quote with us which was, “Be relentless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” (unknown)

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