Ten Pieces of Inspiration #145

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. Jack White on success

“If you ever get some idea you’ve arrived at a certain level, you should only be taking it as a cue to work harder and push farther.” – Jack White

When you finally reach the top of the mountain, look around for a higher peak to climb.

2. Gratitude

Gratitude has an enormous impact on our level of happiness.

3. Adlai Stevenson on freedom

“A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.” – Adlai Stevenson

That is almost exactly my definition of freedom. As long as you’re not endangering harming others, you should be free to do what you wish.

4. What Teachers Make

This is well worth reading. Note that there is a touch of adult language in places.

5. Thoreau on looking back

“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.” – Henry David Thoreau

The only reflection on the past that’s worthwhile is to gain an understanding of how to traverse obstacles going forward.

6. Kahlil Gibran on strength

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” – Khalil Gibran

It is our scars that make us strong.

7. Life by Chris Hadfield

This is an amazing piece of art, well worth examining in detail from beginning to end. Don’t let life randomly kick you into the adult you don’t want to become.

8. Louis Pasteur on preparation

“Chance favors the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur

Chance is a big part of life. Being able to take advantage of opportunity… that’s all about preparation.

9. Drew Dudley on the power of disconnection

Individuality is vital.

10. Ralph Waldo Emerson on keeping up appearances

“Live no longer to the expectation of these deceived and deceiving people with whom we converse. Say to them, O father, O mother, O wife, O brother, O friend, I have lived with you after appearances hitherto. Henceforward I am the truth’s. Be it known unto you that henceforward I obey no law less than the eternal law. I will have no covenants but proximities. I shall endeavor to nourish my parents, to nourish my family, to be the chaste husband of one wife, – but these relations I must fill after a new and unprecedented way.” – Emerson

The point is clear if you read it carefully. Being yourself always tops keeping up appearances eventually.

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