Ten Pieces of Inspiration #158

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. Fred Rogers on love

“Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like “struggle.” To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now – and to go on caring even through times that may bring us pain.” – Fred Rogers

Some of the biggest mistakes in my life have come from giving up on relationships because they happened to not be easy at the moment.

2. Derek Sivers on keeping your goals to yourself

Over the last several years, I’ve been downgrading how much I tell others about my goals. This talk explains something I’ve felt for a while.

3. Leo Tolstoy on improving your life

“People do all sorts of clever things to improve life, instead of doing the simplest thing: refusing to participate in activities that make life bad.” – Leo Tolstoy

The challenge here is to know when to try new things and to also know when to accept the wisdom of others regarding those things.

4. Rachmaninov’s Isle of the Dead

Beautiful and haunting.

5. Charles Warner on gifts

“The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.” – Charles Dudley Warner

The best gifts often cost very little. They just happen to perfectly click with the recipient. Price is not a measure of that synergy.

6. F. Scott Fitzgerald on opportunity

“Our lives are defined by opportunities. Even the ones we miss.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The best thing one can do in life is to be prepared as well as possible for the opportunities that come our way.

7. Winter Scene

I love scenes of winter. There’s something so stark and beautiful about a winter landscape. Thanks to Ian Britton for the image.

8. Steig Larsson on innocence and responsibility

“There are no innocents. There are, however, different degrees of responsibility.” ― Stieg Larsson

If people felt more responsible for the problems of the world instead of unconsciously believing that it’s all someone else’s fault, the world would be a better place. There is no such thing as singular responsibility, yet we are all guilty of singular blame.

9. iDoneThis

There was a time in my life where I would have killed to have a tool like this. I don’t work in a team environment at the moment, but if I ever did – and particularly if I was in charge of the team – we would all be using this. This is just a great idea.

10. Hamilton Holt on hard work

“Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last.” – Hamilton Holt

Nothing gets done in the world without a lot of hard work behind it.

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