Ten Pieces of Inspiration #113

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. Gandhi on action

“Action expresses priorities.” – Mahatma Gandhi

There is no clearer representation of what you truly value than what you actually do with your time and energy.

2. Artur Schnabel plays Beethoven’s Sonata #32 in C-minor

This is just one of those gorgeous pieces that fills the background wonderfully, whether you’re writing or doing the dishes or relaxing with friends. It’s just wonderful from beginning to end (with a few segments that actually make me wonder how one person with two hands played it).

3. Dr. Joshua Akey on what makes good science

“A reflection of good science is that a step forward opens up a lot more questions.” – Dr. Joshua Akey

I think this is true for almost everything in life. If you don’t have questions and don’t seek answers to questions you do have, you can’t grow. Your ideas and beliefs don’t match with what the world is revealing to us.

This quote was the last sentence in this New York Times article, by the way.

4. Carolina Chocolate Drops – Jackson

The Carolina Chocolate Drops are my favorite musical discovery of the past few years. I’m just in love with their music and I’d love to see them live at some point. This is a great cover of a classic.

5. Oscar Wilde on price and value

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” – Oscar Wilde

You might instinctively know the financial cost of an iPad, but can you express the value of a relationship with a coworker? It’s easy to know prices. It’s harder – but much more worthwhile – to know values.

6. Lao Tzu on little steps

“Great acts are made up of small deeds.” – Lao Tzu

Every great accomplishment rests on a throne built out of little actions.

7. John Wooden on the difference between winning and succeeding

This man is a national treasure.

8. John Steinbeck on ideas

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” — John Steinbeck

Get a couple ideas in your head and you begin to think about them. The more you think, the more ideas you have. The more ideas you have, the more you think. A curious mind never rests, but it does sometimes find itself astonished by how little it actually knows.

9. Old records

Record Rooter

There’s something I deeply love about digging through boxes of old records. The art on the records, for one, appeals to me, but I love finding something strange or interesting, pulling it out of the sleeve, and setting it on a turntable… and then I’m taken away to another place and time.

Thanks to Orin Zebest for the image.

10. Barack Obama on being a father

“What makes you a man isn’t the ability to conceive a child; it’s having the courage to raise one.” – Barack Obama

Truer words have never been spoken.

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