Ten Pieces of Inspiration #149

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. Ellen Goodman on financial normalcy

“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.” – Ellen Goodman

This is actually part of the reason why I decided working from hom made more sense for me. I stopped driving a car each day and I stopped wearing a “professional” wardrobe.

2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – How to Become a Man

This is practically a checklist of how I want to raise my children. Not just my sons, but my daughter as well.

I look back at my own early adulthood and I recognize that I did some of these things – but not nearly all of them.

3. Giovannino Guareschi on insults

“The man who offers an insult writes it in sand, but for the man who receives it, it’s chiseled in bronze.” – Giovannino Guareschi

It is virtually never worth it to insult or demean others. The little you might gain from it – cheers from your buddies, a short burst of self-empowerment – is never worth what you lose.

4. Parul Sengal discussing an ode to envy

Envy and jealousy, just like anything else, can be channeled into something positive – or into something negative.

5. Orson Scott Card on love

“For children love is a feeling; for adults, it is a decision. Children wait to learn if their love is true by seeing how long it lasts; adults make their love true by never wavering from their commitment.” – Orson Scott Card

This is a lesson that I want my children to learn. Love isn’t just a feeling. It’s a commitment.

6. Toshinobu Matsumiya on tomorrow

“Tomorrow is the only thing that comes to you even if you don’t do anything. Everything else in life has to be fought for, so go out and get what you want!” – Toshinobu Matsumiya

Tomorrow is another day, but it doesn’t matter if you don’t do anything with it.

7. World Series

[Bleachers, World Series, Polo Grounds (baseball)]  (LOC)

The thing that always gets me about the World Series is that this was a huge event a hundred years ago, before my grandparents were born. I look at this picture of the Polo Grounds in New York in 1913 and the bleachers are stuffed for that year’s Series. Thanks to the Library of Congress for this great image.

8. Gore Vidal on media

“The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity – much less dissent.” – Gore Vidal

The band of what is considered reasonable debate in the United States is incredibly narrow. If you don’t keep your views within that band, you’re viewed as a “radical,” whether on the left or the right.

9. Pumpkin season

Vauxhall Fair

We have a number of pumpkins on our front step, and we’re probably carving up a few of them as you read this – some for decoration and some for pie. Our children will be shoulder deep in the pumpkins, pulling out the seeds and pulp. Thanks to the Galt Museum and Archives for this great image.

10. Cervantes on proverbs

“Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience.” – Miguel de Cervantes

As is a good quote.

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