Inspire vs enocurage

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Arabic- Egyptian

He inspired me to start a writing career.
He encouraged me to start a writing career.

I wanted to make sure I understood the difference between "inspire" and "encourage" in the above sentences correctly.

For me, I feel that "inspire" is more indirect. It's like you're breathing ideas into someone's mind without directly giving them advice. "Encourage" , on the other hand, is more direct and means that you're openly telling them what they should do and giving them the courage and confidence to do it.

Am I right?

Thank you
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    American English
    You don't even have to know the person who inspired you – just reading or listening to him or her can do it, or even reading a story about someone. We often inspire by the example we set.

    Someone who encourages you talks directly to you.
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