Ten Pieces of Inspiration #159

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. Epictetus on learning

“It is impossible for anyone to begin to learn that which he thinks he already knows.” – Epictetus

At the same time, the more I learn about things, the less I feel that I know. It’s easier to hold yourself firm on ideas if you never question them or challenge them or add to your knowledge.

2. Code.org

Both my eight year old son and my six year old daughter managed to get through the first computer programming tutorial at this website.

I usually don’t point to children’s educational tools on here, but I think the method that Code.org uses for teaching programming not only works on children, but it can work well for anyone who is curious and has even a bit of a logical mind. Give it a try if you’ve ever been curious about computer programming.

3. C.S. Lewis on humility

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” – C.S. Lewis

Humility comes from looking at life without immediately thinking about what others think of you or what you can get out of the situation.

4. Famous Failures

Everyone fails. Don’t be afraid of it. Instead, look at it as a tool to tell you where you need to improve.

5. Marcel Proust on discovery

“Discovery consists not in seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

This wonderfully explains why I love to read.

6. Arthur Conan Doyle on mental exercise

“My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation.” – Arthur Conan Doyle

A day isn’t complete for me without something to challenge my mind.

7. Spring

We’re expecting a high of -9 F on Monday. This cold snap we’ve been going through has been brutal. Pictures of springtime have made things much more bearable.

Thanks to Yannick Bammert for the image.

8. Emerson on beauty

“We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whenever I think about the things I find beautiful, I often find them to be very simple. A child’s smile. A sunrise. A well-written phrase.

9. Tulips

One of the surest signs of spring is the tulip. Few things signify the passing of winter and the arrival of spring than the appearance of tulips.

Thanks to LenDog64 for the image.

10. Bertrand Russell on war

“War does not determine who is right, only who is left.” – Bertrand Russell

Every war ever fought happened because one group claimed another group was wrong and the groups decided to resolve this disagreement with killing.

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