Ten Pieces of Inspiration #137

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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 Brennan on fear

“Fear’s useless. Either something bad happens or it doesn’t: If it doesn’t, you’ve wasted time being afraid, and if it does, you’ve wasted time that you could have spent sharpening your weapons.” – Sarah Brennan

If you sit around worrying about something, you’re wasting time. Do something to prepare for that event.

2. Tania Luna on how a penny made her feel like a millionaire

It’s all about perspective.

3. Tennessee Williams on denial

“Not facing a fire doesn’t put it out.” – Tennessee Williams

If you want something bad in your life to go away, face it and deal with it. Don’t turn your back.

4. Beautiful sunset

colorful sunset at beach in penang

Thanks to epSos for the wonderful image.

5. Henry Ford on self-confidence

“He who says he can and he who says he can’t, are both usually right.” – Henry Ford

If you tell yourself you can’t do it, then you’re choosing to be unable to do it.

6. Robert Heinlein on making progress

“You do not get milk by beating the cow.” – Robert Heinlein

You won’t get cooperation over the long term through anger and oppression.

7. Habitforge
Habitforge is a great website for pushing yourself to develop better habits. You sign up, design a habit you want to establish, and the site sends you an email every day asking you if you achieved that habit for the day (say, walking 20 minutes). Mark “yes” for 21 days in a row and you’ve probably got that habit established.

Sometimes, it’s the little push that puts you over the top.

8. Teddy Roosevelt on comparisons

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Stop worrying what other people are doing and what other people think of you. It’s a game you’ll never truly win.

9. 23 Degrees, Five Minutes

My kids enjoyed this quite a lot (though I’m not sure they followed all the little details). I enjoyed it quite a lot, too.

10. George Bernard Shaw on living life to the fullest

“Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die; do not outlive yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

Your health is your most valuable resource, but if you don’t use it, it’s a resource that goes to waste. You have energy and gifts. Use them.

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