Ten Pieces of Inspiration #101

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well.

1. Abraham Lincoln on enemies and friends
When you have someone that you’re in conflict with, you’re far better off finding common ground with that person and getting past the difficulty than you are letting the problem fester.

“Have I not destroyed my enemy when I have made friends with him?” – Abraham Lincoln

There is no better way to eliminate an enemy than to make him or her into your friend.

2. Julie Burstein: 4 Lessons in Creativity
I’ve found that the most painful moments in my life have been the ones that have fueled me to improve my life.

Use those low moments as fuel to do something great.

3. Branch Rickey on luck
I am a firm believer in the idea that you make your own luck.

“Luck is the residue of design.” – Branch Rickey

It takes work to build luck, of course, much as it takes work to build anything.

4. Jeff Hancock: Three Types of Digital Lies
Honesty is an interesting thing. This video made me think very deeply about what’s honest and what isn’t.

Is it dishonest to send a text as you’re getting ready to leave that says “on my way”?

5. Anthony Robbins on a life-changing moment
Are you prepared for the next moment in your life to be the one that changes your life?

“You must know that in any moment a decision you make can change the course of your life forever: the very next person stand behind in line or sit next to on an airplane, the very next phone call you make or receive, the very next movie you see or book you read or page you turn could be the one single thing that causes the floodgates to open, and all of the things that you’ve been waiting for to fall into place.” – Anthony Robbins

The more prepared you are, the more likely you are to be able to take advantage of that magic moment.

6. Victor Hugo on love
Sarah is one of the most vital pieces of my life. Her love is sustaining.

“The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved: loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” – Victor Hugo

7. A girl in 1881
Here’s a photo of a happy girl sitting on the ground in Auchmithie in Scotland in 1881. Who was she? What was her life like?

'At Auchmithie 1881'. Girl with basket sitting on shore in front of boat

There is so much beauty in the world that we don’t even get the chance to see.

8. Socrates on building a good reputation
This isn’t just good advice for building a good reputation. It’s good advice for being a better person.

“The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.” – Socrates

Act like the person you want to be for long enough and you’ll become the person you want to be.

9. Sarah Vaughan sings “Misty
If you’ve never heard Sarah Vaughan sing, you owe it to yourself to listen.

10. Vicki Robin on the folly of trying to have it all
I get frustrated when I hear about people burning out because they’re trying to “have it all.”

“If you live for having it all, what you have is never enough.” – Vicki Robin

It is far better to securely have a few key things in life than to try for “everything” and find yourself constantly compromising.

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