Ten Pieces of Inspiration #163

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. Bob Moawad on the best day of your life

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” – Bob Moawad

No matter your situation, you’re the one responsible for making the best of it – or the worst of it.

2. Yves Morieux on six rules to simplify work

This is a great recipe for success, no matter where you work. A note: if you’re finding it difficult to understand this fellow due to his accent (I didn’t, but I have many years of working with people from other cultures), you can find a subtitled version here.

3. Theodore Roosevelt on taking action

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

It’s better to try and fail than to never try at all.

4. Old Crow Medicine Show – I Hear Them All

Several people have requested that I include music that touches me that isn’t classical. Here’s one:

This makes me think of my ancestors, the good times they had, and the gifts they left for me.

5. Albert Camus on the effort to be normal

“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” – Albert Camus

Here’s the thing: everyone is pretty weird. It’s just that we expect others to not be weird and some people are better at disguising their oddities than others.

6. Karen Lamb on starting

“A year from now you will wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb

This quote is motivating me quite a lot lately.

7. Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence

This is a song that comes off very differently to different people. I’m always amazed when something can do that – when two people can hear or see or experience it and come away with such different reactions.

8. Gandhi on living and learning

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

There is never a time to stop learning.

9. Johnny Cash – Hurt

This one blows me away every time I hear it and makes me wonder about the legacy of impact on others that I leave behind.

10. Eric Fromm on love

“Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.’” – Eric Fromm

It took a while for this one to hit me.

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