While some singers find inspiration from music legends, Ciara says she looks toward icons with a little more muscle.
"I take my motivation from athletes – basketball players in particular," the R&B songstress, 23, tells Men's Health magazine in its November 2008 issue.
And there are a few NBA stars whom she finds especially inspiring.
"I love LeBron James because he's my age and full of ambition and drive," she reveals. Also, "I love Michael Jordan … there was so much pressure, but he pulled through every time. That energy motivates me."