Ten Pieces of Inspiration #117

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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. Sarah Markley on close relationships

“The people closest to us have the ability to hurt us the most and yet also have the ability to heal us the best.” – Sarah Markley

Relationships involve trust, but you are rewarded for that trust.

2. A baseball glove

baseball glove

March gets me incredibly wound up for baseball season. I just can’t get enough of the beautiful game.

Thanks to Sean Winters for the picture.

3. Jack Johnson on worrying about yourself

“People don’t know anything about themselves, because they’re all worried about everyone else.” – Jack Johnson

The more I worry about myself, the more I realize how incredibly flawed I am, which makes the flaws in others seem relatively unimportant by comparison.

4. Dan Pallotta on rethinking charity

The best charity you can give someone is an opportunity to be successful at something on their own merits.

5. Sidney Morgenbesser on overcomplaining

“And if there were nothing? You’d still be complaining!” – Sidney Morgenbesser

Never look a gift horse on the mouth.

6. Tim Jackson on money and persuasion

“People are being persuaded to spend money we don’t have, on things we don’t need, to create impressions that won’t last, on people we don’t care about.” – Tim Jackson

Introspection about why you’re spending money is one of the most valuable money skills a person can have today.

7. Baseball diamond sky

Baseball diamond sky

There are few things better than a baseball game on a clear day.

Thanks to Elias Daniel for the picture.

8. Tom Robbins on love

“The highest function of love is that it makes the loved one a unique and irreplaceable being.” – Tom Robbins

Knowing that others love you and need you is transformative.

9. Boys playing marbles

Game of Marbles, 1919

I found this photograph after a long discussion with my children about what children did with their time in the past. I love old photographs like this, ones that show a touch of today with a touch of an unreachable past.

10. William Inge on worry

“Worry is the interest paid on trouble before it is even due.” – William Inge

If you’ve got a worry, you’ve got a problem that needs solving.

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