Ten Pieces of Inspiration #172

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. Aristotle on parenting

“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” – Aristotle

Thus, a good parent works to establish good habits in their children.

2. George Saunders’ 2013 Syracuse commencement address

This is everything that a great commencement speech should be.

3. Buddha on anger

“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.” – Buddha

Anger is almost always a terrible response to a situation. It does not turn a bad situation into a good one, but it can certainly make a bad situation worse.

4. BBC’s Planet Earth

This is a wonderful documentary series about the beauty that is our planet, from the deep seas to the jungles, from the desert to the mountains. This is well worth watching, and it’s all free online.

5. Emerson on the great choice

“It is not the length of life, but the depth of life.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can make lots of easy choices or a few hard choices. The hard ones will matter far more.

6. Sam Keen on perfect love

“We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.” – Sam Keen

No one is perfect. Don’t hold out for it. Throw yourself instead toward the imperfection you can understand and appreciate.

7. Simone Dinnerstein – Something Almost Being Said

I love this. I spent two hours playing this in a loop while I was working. The video is quite good, but the music is incredible.

8. F. Scott Fitzgerald on controlling your heart

“I like people and I like them to like me, but I wear my heart where God put it, on the inside.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

In the end, you are the only one that can control your feelings. You’re the only one that feels the highs and the lows.

9. Spin

This is a documentary demonstrating how the media distorts information and actually convinces us to alter our opinions and choices. It focuses on the 1992 Presidential election, particularly the Democratic primaries, showing how the media shaped the success of various candidacies.

10. Mercedes Lackey on regret

“If only. Those must be the two saddest words in the world.” – Mercedes Lackey

You’ll never say “if only” when it comes to taking the easy road. You only regret the harder choices.

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