Ten Pieces of Inspiration #141

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. Bill Watterson’s life advice
Although I shared a short part of this on Wednesday in the weekly roundup, I wanted to share the whole thing with you.

Bill Watterson is the individual who wrote and drew the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes in the 1980s and 1990s. The text is from a graduation speech he gave, while the art is actually drawn by Gavin Aung Than emulating Watterson’s style.

2. John Adams on the gifts of our ancestors

“Our grandfathers were soldiers, so our fathers could be farmers, so we could be artists.” – John Adams

My hard work opens doors for my children.

3. Margaret Hefferman on the dangers of willful blindness

If you don’t want to see something, you can convince yourself not to see it.

4. Emerson on wants

“There are three wants which never can be satisfied: that of the rich, who wants something more; that of the sick, who wants something different; and that of the traveler, who says anywhere but here.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The first one is the most dangerous one.

5. Ian Knabel on challenging yourself

“If you want something you’ve never had, then you need to do something you’ve never done.” – Ian Knabel

You can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results. If you want different results, you have to change something about what you’re doing.

6. A railroad viaduct in autumn

Railroad Viaduct in Keene New Hampshire

This viaduct in Keene, New Hampshire, surrounded by the autumn colors, is just gorgeous. The architecture looks ancient but is still very functional, and the trees around it set it off wonderfully. This is my current desktop wallpaper.

Thanks to the Keene and Cheshire County Historical Society for the image.

7. Thomas Merton on frustration

“To hope is to risk frustration. Therefore, make up your mind to risk frustration.” – Thomas Merton

The path to anything great is a bumpy one.

8. Benjamin Harrison on the responsibility of the buyer

“I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process.” – President Benjamin Harrison

The rush to great prices can trample some.

9. Benji

It’s stories like these – about lives of potential cut short before they bloom – that really tug at me.

10. Vernon Howard on freedom

“Our freedom can be measured by the number of things we can walk away from.” – Vernon Howard

Enough said.

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