Ten Pieces of Inspiration #108

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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. Paulo Coelho on ideas for living

“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” – Paulo Coelho

This is something that’s always been a challenge for me when writing for The Simple Dollar. I try very hard to only write about things that have resulted in positive change in my own life, and I want to present it in a “take it or leave it” way, not in a “you must do this or your life will be worse” fashion.

2. Adam Baker on freedom from debt and constraints

Adam makes a ton of great points in this video. It’s well worth watching from beginning to end, as he tells a great story, too.

3. Gandhi on forgiveness

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi

It is incredibly hard to forgive someone for a perceived wrong. To do so requires a great deal of strength, not weakness.

4. Lindsey Sterling – Phantom of the Opera

I absolutely love Lindsey Sterling. She’s amazing at making instrumentals and violin work exciting and accessible to pretty much everyone while still performing technically demanding pieces. Here, she takes the theme from Phantom of the Opera and recasts it in a rock concert – and that’s just the first third of it.

5. Dr. Seuss on today

“Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.” – Dr. Seuss

How would you live today if you knew that everyone in your life would judge you solely based on today? Why not apply that standard to every day?

6. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. on expanding your mind

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

A wide diversity of experiences and knowledge causes you to look at the world in completely new and different ways. I find that the more I know and see, the harder it is to hold an “absolutely yes” or an “absolutely no” stance on most issues.

7. The House of the Seven Gables

House of the Seven Gables (Turner-Ingersoll Mansion)

I’ll confess to a bit of ignorance here. I did not realize until just a few days ago that the titular “House of the Seven Gables” from the Nathaniel Hawthorne novel was actually a real house that he inhabited in his youth. Even more amazing, it’s still standing.

8. C. S. Lewis on childish things

“When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.” – C. S. Lewis

I feel far more creative and alive when I play with my children than I do at almost any other time. There’s something magical in letting go of your inhibitions.

9. Bruce Muzik on the devastating impact of secrets

Don’t let secrets build up. They can rise up and destroy things in your life. You’re far better putting everything out in the open with the people you value and trust the most.

10. George Watsky on self-improvement

“I won’t? be happy until I’m the best version of myself when I’m alone.” – George Watsky

What kind of person are you when no one else is looking? That’s the true sign of the person you are, because that’s how you’ll naturally react to every situation.

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