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. Renoir on beauty
“The pain passes, but the beauty remains.” – Pierre Auguste Renoir
Everything painful in life leaves behind a powerful imprint when the pain fades away.
2. Rita Pierson on why every kid needs a champion
In order to teach effectively to a wide group of people, you have to connect with people on a human level. If there’s an innate dislike or a lack of common ground, teaching is completely ineffective.
3. Charles Kuralt on everyday kindness
“The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines.” – Charles Kuralt
When you think about a tragedy or a cruelty, think not of the evil that caused it. Think instead of the heroism and good that responded to it.
I’m often blown away by the deep meaning that can be passed along through unexpected forms of media. Just watch this brilliant little film by Mark Osborne on the eternal search for happiness.
5. Wordsworth on things left behind
““Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower; We will grieve not, rather find, strength in what remains behind.” – William Wordsworth
Beauty, much like pain, leaves a permanent imprint on us. Expose yourself to as much beauty as you can find.
6. Epictetus on having hopes
“A ship ought not to be held by one anchor, nor life by a single hope.” – Epictetus
If your entire life is centered around one thing and that thing collapses, you’re left with a very empty life.
7. David Pogue on 10 top time-saving tech tips
The things that really save money and time are the things that we do over and over again each day. If we can shave ten seconds off of something we do a hundred times a day, we’re saving a quarter of an hour. If we can shave five cents off of something we do fifty times a day, we’re talking about $75 a month.
8. Thoreau on a different drummer
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away…” – Henry David Thoreau
Life is not just about keeping pace with those around you. Whenever you’re focused on “beating them” or “showing them,” then your life is all about the pace of those around you. Find a new drummer.
9. Steel Homes
“Self-storage units are windows into human histories: their discarded objects and dust-covered furniture are inscribed with past dreams, secret hopes, and lives we cannot let go of.”
10. Stephen King on vocabulary
“Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.” – Stephen King
Long words that force you to break away from what you’re reading to figure out what they mean might make the writer sound intelligent, but it ensures that the reader won’t be able to follow his argument. Maybe that’s the goal, at least sometimes, when people use complex and obscure words.