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. Hemingway on superiority
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway
You are your own yardstick.
2. Cutting your spending
This photo generated so much conversation in our house that I just had to share it. I had to reassure my children several times that this almost assuredly wasn’t real money.
Thanks to Tax Credits for the image!
3. Confucius on the influence of others
“When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.” – Confucius
Try to lift yourself up. Try to avoid letting yourself fall.
This is a very moving short film about mortality. Just watch.
5. Thoreau on life-changing reading
“How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.” – Henry David Thoreau
I can certainly say I’ve done this. Many different books have profoundly changed my life and my perception of the world.
6. Anne Frank on a powerful daily routine
“How noble and good everyone could be if, every evening before falling asleep, they were to recall to their minds the events of the whole day and consider exactly what has been good and bad. Then without realizing it, you try to improve yourself at the start of each new day.” – Anne Frank
This almost perfectly describes why I write in my journal each day.
It doesn’t matter where you are. The people you’re with make it great.
8. Richard Scott on becoming what you want to be
“We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day.” – Richard G. Scott
By focusing hard on performing the actions of excellence we see in others, we become better ourselves.
9. Open air music
Few things compare to live music outdoors on a warm, beautiful summer day.
Thanks to Mark Turnauckas for the image.
10. Stephen Richards on isolation and the internet
“If the great internet connects us all … then why are so many of us becoming increasingly isolated?” – Stephen Richards
Information is not a substitute for human contact.