Ten Pieces of Inspiration #160

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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. Dylan Thomas on work and rest

“He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest.” – Dylan Thomas

I generally feel better at the end of a day when I’m productive as compared to a day full of leisure. Doing things makes me feel better.

2. Julia Fischer – Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor

I love turning on great classical music videos on Youtube and just closing my eyes as I lose myself in the music.

3. Isaac Asimov on assumptions

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” – Isaac Asimov

I find it incredibly valuable to read books explaining the ideas and logic behind stances that are much different than what I believe. Usually, I find it unsettling, but then I find my new beliefs and assumptions are stronger than before.

4. Adam Savage on simple ideas leading to great discoveries

I showed this video to my eight year old. He wanted to watch it again. Then he watched it again. We ended up talking about several things from the video.

5. Winston Churchill on results

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” – Winston Churchill

Don’t just believe you’re doing well. Check your net worth every once in a while, too.

6. Walt Disney on failure

“You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” – Walt Disney

Failure is a key ingredient in success.

7. Nova – Earth from Space

This is a full documentary – and an absolutely beautiful one. Our world is so deeply interconnected.

8. Marcus Aurelius on what others think

“I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than on the opinion of others.” ― Marcus Aurelius

In other words, stop stressing about what other people think of you. You don’t know why they think what they do.

9. Sandra Aamodt on why dieting doesn’t usually work

This is a great look at how the overlap of goals and human psychology and physiology sometimes doesn’t really click and sometimes works against you. The material here has food for thought for any goal-oriented person.

10. Zora Neale Hurston on discrimination

“Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It is beyond me.” – Zora Neale Hurston

If you’re going to choose who to spend your time with, do it based on the content of a person’s character. Don’t waste a second basing it on anything else, particularly your own impressions of what the person might be like without knowing them.

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