Ten Pieces of Inspiration #165

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. Johan Cruyff on quality and results

“You need both quality and results. Results without quality is boring; quality without results is meaningless.” – Johan Cruyff

The best part is that quality often leads to results, so the best move is to make sure that you’re always pushing toward quality in whatever you happen to be doing in the moment.

2. The Avett Brothers – Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise

The Avett Brothers have been my favorite musical act for the last few years. I just can’t get enough of them.

3. L.R. Knost on parenting

“It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.” – L.R. Knost

Give your kids resilience, sure, but also give them the tools to make things better.

4. Queen – We Are the Champions

Every day needs a little bit of Queen.

5. John Blair on motivation

“I would not say it is so much homeless people that make us uncomfortable. It is that feeling in the pit of our stomach as we pass them by, that we are not helping them.” – John Blair

If something makes you uncomfortable, then you’ve found something that needs your attention and focus.

6. Robert Sawyer on inner peace

“Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.” – Robert J. Sawyer

If you try to take in everything, you will fill yourself with pain and end with a sense of failure. Pick your battles.

7. John F. Kennedy’s We Choose to Go to the Moon speech excerpt

Where is our nation’s next Apollo Project? Why are our petty differences keeping us from such big, audacious goals? Why can’t we have an Apollo Project-like goal to cure cancer or solve global hunger or build a permanent habitation on Mars or build a space elevator? All of those things would serve humanity’s needs and would also uncover many valuable discoveries on the journey.

8. George Washington Carver on contributing something to the world

“No individual has any right to come into the world and go out of it without leaving behind him distinct and legitimate reasons for having passed through it.” – George Washington Carver

Why live a life if you contribute nothing of value to the world? There is nothing more important that a person can do than to discover their talents and try to use them to improve the lives of as many people as they can.

9. Alex Wisser-Gross on a new equation for intelligence

This is a little bit different than what I usually post, but this video has left me thinking over the last few days, looking up articles and jotting down notes. What is intelligence, really? Anything that makes me think this much is really inspirational.

10. Francis Bacon on certainty

“If man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts. But if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.” – Francis Bacon

If you begin with doubt, you naturally seek answers to your questions and it builds a stronger foundation. If you begin with certainty, questions form cracks in your foundation and it eventually collapses.

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