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. Henry Stimson on trust
“The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him.” – Henry Stimson
It can be very difficult to extend trust to someone that you don’t know or, even worse, someone with a less-than-stellar reputation. Yet, time and time again, I’ve found that extending a bit of trust in those situations pays off with such incredible returns that it far overshadows the relatively rare occasion where someone violates that trust.
2. Michael Litt on why you have to fail to have a great career
Failure teaches you far more than success does. The catch, of course, is that you have to be willing to learn the lessons. If you fail and learn from it, you’re going to be very well equipped to succeed the next time around.
3. Martin Luther King Jr. on our shared journey
“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
We are all people who are on this planet at the same time. Is there something so wrong with extending each other a bit of trust and a bit of respect?
Lately, I’ve been fascinated by the variety and beauty of different religious experiences in our world. Every person is on a journey to understand the “why” of their life and religion is one powerful expression of that search.
Thanks to Vinoth Chandar for the image.
5. Jose Mujica on feeling poor
“I don’t feel poor. Poor people are those who only work to try to keep an expensive lifestyle, and always want more and more.” – Jose Mujica
To be poor simply means that you feel as though you don’t have enough. People who have absurd amounts of wealth can be poor, simply because they feel compelled to keep buying more and more and more things. They don’t have enough.
6. Jerry Rice on walking a different path
“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” – Jerry Rice
Every great achievement is accomplished thanks to a lot of very hard work. Rarely do we ever see that work.
7. Religious building as community center
One of the greatest values that religious experience can provide is a sense of community. A church, a mosque, a synagogue, a temple – these are all places people go to seek that sense of community and connection with others who are seeking the same answers.
Thanks to seier for the image.
8. G. K. Chesterton on education
“The chief object of education is not to learn things but to unlearn things.” – G. K. Chesterton
Most of what I thought I knew twenty years ago had to be unlearned, because so much of it was completely wrong. There is nothing more powerful in education than removing an incorrect fact from your mind.
9. A journey begins in childhood
I see my own children starting to ask deep questions about their own lives, ones that I cannot easily answer for them. What I do know is that they have to seek their own answers and make up their own minds. All I can do is give them the tools to go on that journey.
Thanks to Steve Evans for the image.
10. Robert Heinlein on art
“An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl she used to be. A great artist can look at an old woman, portray her exactly as she is, and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be.” – Robert A. Heinlein
Great art conveys meaning on many different levels.