Ten Pieces of Inspiration #174

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. Gabriel Garcia Marquez on personal change

“Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but … life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

We have the power within us to become better than we already are. Life shows us the rewards for doing so.

2. David Brooks on living for your resume or your eulogy

Which one matters more to you?

3. Earl Nightingale on dreams and time

“Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale

A task might seem big, but does it really seem that big in the scope of the many, many years that fill the rest of our lives?

4. Jennifer Senior on parenting and happiness

Parenting is not easy, but there are a lot of rewards hidden away in the challenges.

5. Lord Byron on self-trust

“We are all selfish and I no more trust myself than others with a good motive.” – Lord Byron

If we can utilize that internal selfishness in a healthy way, it can cause us to do great things.

6. John Green on flawed people

“I don’t know a perfect person. I only know flawed people who are still worth loving.”- John Green

Stop trying to chase perfection and instead look for the wonderful people around us.

7. Louie Schwartzberg on the beauty of everyday life

Beauty surrounds us every moment of our lives. The question really is whether we choose to see it and whether it fills us with joy and gratitude.

8. Kurt Vonnegut on people

“And Lot’s wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that because it was so human.” – Kurt Vonnegut

When I look at the Bible, I don’t see a collection of stories about God. I see a collection of stories about people. It’s the people that bring the book to life, especially when you try to see the world through their eyes. Think of Lot’s wife, looking back at all of the people she has known throughout her life. It’s a natural, human reaction.

9. NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concerts

I visit this URL once every two or three weeks and let it run in the background all day. It plays short concerts of many different kinds of music, some of which appeals to me and some of which doesn’t. I find myself discovering a new musician or two that really clicks with me every single time I listen. If you’ve never listened, you’ll have many, many hours of great music to listen to.

10. Marcus Aurelius on opinions and facts

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” – Marcus Aurelius

The older I get, the fewer “facts” I truly trust. So many sources just say what they want you to hear.

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