Ten Pieces of Inspiration #118

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.

I’ve been showing my children a lot of pictures of modes of transportation that they’ve never used. They’ve been captivated by the zeppelins… as have I.

1. Mary Anne Radmacher on courage

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” – Mary Anne Radmacher

It doesn’t take real courage to leap. It takes real courage to land flat on your face, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try again.

2. Graf zeppelin

Zeppelin

Thanks to the San Diego Air and Space Museum for this image.

3. Fred Rogers on reading the news

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” – Fred Rogers

This is a wonderful perspective on the news. Look for the people who are doing the right thing, particularly in the face of overwhelming crises. Those people are the heroes.

4. Billie Holiday singing Strange Fruit

She had such an amazing and interesting voice.

5. George Jackson on patience and cowardice

“Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it’s cowardice.” – George Jackson

Patience doesn’t have to be wholly passive, either. Preparation and patience go hand in hand.

6. Charles Dickens on the lessons of suffering

“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.” – Charles Dickens

Failure can make us greater.

7. The length of a zeppelin

Zeppelin

Again, thanks to the San Diego Air and Space Museum for this image.

8. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on love

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

This is the best description of love I’ve ever read.

9. Lester Young performing Lester Leaps In circa 1939

This music sounds so alive to my ears.

10. Leo Tolstoy on change

“Everyone thinks of changing the world but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy

You can’t change the world if you’re not already living that change.

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