Ten Pieces of Inspiration #128

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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. Mark Twain on reading

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” – Mark Twain

If you choose not to use the skill of reading, why bother having built that skill in the first place?

2. Lisa Bu on how books open your mind

Utterly spot-on.

3. Lily Tomlin on forgiveness

“Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past.” – Lily Tomlin

Forgiveness doesn’t really cost you anything, but it opens some wonderful doors.

4. Ji-Hae Park on music as a life-saving expression

Everyone needs an outlet. Sometimes, that outlet isn’t words.

5. Albert Einstein on life’s mission

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein

Value leads to success.

6. Warren Buffett on advice

“Never ask a barber if you need a haircut.” – Warren Buffett

Also, never ask an insurance salesman if you need insurance.

7. An aircraft worker during World War II

Woman aircraft worker, Vega Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, Calif. Shown checking electrical assemblies  (LOC)

World War II changed today’s world radically. One of the biggest impacts, I think, is that it really ignited a trend of adult women as professional workers on a large scale.

Thanks to the Library of Congress for the photo.

8. Thoreau on the tragedy of silence

“In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.” – Henry David Thoreau

Silence means drastically different things to different people and groups.

9. Community dancing

Latvian folk group dancing, Brisbane, 1953

One of the most wonderful things that communities in the past did that seems to have mostly died out is community dances. This looks like a wonderful time for bonding and community building, but somehow it’s become archaic.

Thanks to the State Library of Queensland for the image.

10. Cyrus Curtis on obedience

“There are two kinds of men who never amount to much: those who cannot do what they are told, and those who can do nothing else.” – Cyrus H. Curtis

A strong person knows when to be independent and when to work with others.

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