Ten Pieces of Inspiration #140

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. Oscar Wilde on anonymity

“Give a man a mask and he will tell you the truth.” – Oscar Wilde

The truth might be about you, but more likely, the truth is about the person behind the mask.

2. Margaret Hefferman on the dangers of willful blindness

Choosing not to see something – like a health issue or a financial issue – just means you’re going to have an even bigger problem to deal with down the road.

3. Thoreau on details

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” – Henry David Thoreau

When lives get too complicated, it becomes really easy for details to fall through the cracks.

4. Magnus Carlsen: Mozart of Chess

Magnus Carlsen is the best chess player in the world right now. He’s arguably one of the best of all time. This is a fascinating look at him.

5. Erica Jong on advice

“Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.” – Erica Jong

It can sometimes help us put the ideas we already know into a structure that works. I knew what I had to do when it came to personal finance, but books and advice gave it structure and context and made it work for me.

6. The Avett Brothers – Salvation Song

Beautiful song. The recording is of “live” quality, meaning the mics aren’t perfectly positioned, but it still clicks.

7. Abraham Lincoln on vice and virtue

“It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.” – Abraham Lincoln

Almost everyone has a hobby or an interest or something that isn’t particularly productive. It’s often the fuel for their productivity in other areas of life.

8. Dostoyevsky on self-deception

“Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Life would be much easier if we never deceived ourselves and always faced reality.

9. Code Academy
Ever wanted to learn at least a little bit about computer programming? This is a great way to dig in – and it’s completely free. It starts from a very, very simple level, too, and you can do it all in your web browser. It’s impressive, to say the least.

10. Emerson on kindness

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Think of the people in your life that you truly love and care about. You might want to tell them that sooner rather than later.

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