Ten Pieces of Inspiration #166

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. Michael J. Fox on happiness, acceptance, and expectations

“My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance and in inverse proportion to my expectations.” – Michael J Fox

The future rarely pans out exactly how you want. If you expect great things to happen, life is going to constantly disappoint you.

2. Patience

Patience is one of the greatest gifts you can give to those you love.

3. Robert Brault on finding relationships

“Having perfected our disguise, we spend our lives searching for someone we don’t fool.” – Robert Brault

My closest friends – particularly Sarah – are the ones I don’t fool, which makes me wonder why I would ever bother to disguise who I am from anyone.

4. Son Volt – Windfall

This is just a beautiful song.

5. David Foster Wallace on what others think of you

“You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.” ― David Foster Wallace

How often do you think about other people, particularly those you only occasionally interact with? That’s how often they think of you. Why would you let such a small amount of consideration deeply impact what you do?

6. David Steindl-Rast on gratefulness

“It’s not happiness that makes us grateful, it’s gratefulness that makes us happy.” – David Steindl-Rast

Spend some time each day thinking about all of the good things you have in life. You’ll feel a lot better.

7. The Lone Bellow – You Never Need Nobody

I’ve only discovered The Lone Bellow very recently, but this song alone made me want to dig through everything that this group has ever recorded.

8. Eddie Rickenbacker on courage

“Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you are scared.” – Eddie Rickenbacker

The important things we do in life should scare us a little bit. If it doesn’t scare us, it’s not really challenging us.

9. Wayne Shorter Quartet – Plaza Real

It’s pieces like this that remind me of how amazing and transcendent great jazz can be.

10. Tony Hsieh on goals

“Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.” – Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos

Focus on producing something good above all else.

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