Ten Pieces of Inspiration #106

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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. Thomas Jefferson on religion, politics, and friendship

“I have never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as a cause for withdrawing from a friend.” – Thomas Jefferson

The world would undoubtedly be a better place if everyone lived by this standard.

2. Steven Addis on building a bond through photography

This is such a beautiful way to express a loving father-daughter relationship. It’s something I would copy if my daughter were newly born.

3. Robert Frost on education

“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was up.” – Robert Frost

It’s a valuable thing to be willing to charge ahead, but it can be a dangerous thing. Gain some understanding and prepare before you take a leap into the unknown.

4. Scott D. Davis – My Immortal (piano solo)

This is just a gorgeous piano solo. I could listen to this over and over and over again.

5. Bessie Stanley on success

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and affection of children; to learn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a little bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Bessie Stanley

What is success, really? I think this is a pretty apt description.

This quote is often misattributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson for some reason.

6. Patton on success and failure

“I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.” – General George S. Patton

The great successes that people achieve are built on the shoulders of others. There are no self-made men. The measure of a man is seen when that person reaches bottom and have to respond to that situation without their friends and without all the support they may have once had.

7. A classic train

Paris-Calais boat train

I love trains. I think I could develop a serious model train fetish if I ever opened up that door.

Thanks to the SMU Central University Libraries for this image.

8. Walt Whitman on loving humankind

“The love of one’s country is a natural thing, but why stop at the border?” – Walt Whitman

Why do we feel that some people deserve more than others because of the geographical location that they happened to be born?

9. A classic New Year’s Eve celebration

New Year's Eve Party at the Sanford Jewish Community Center: Sanford, Florida

I love big, happy celebrations, and I love old photographs. This combines both.

Thanks to the State Library and Archives of Florida for the image.

10. Disraeli on showing feeling

“Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.” – Benjamin Disraeli

I think if more people expressed how they actually felt, many of the world’s problems would be avoided.

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