Ten Pieces of Inspiration #178

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. Zig Ziglar on changing who you are

“You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind.” – Zig Ziglar

This is why, if you’re trying to change yourself, it makes so much sense to surround yourself with great people. It improves what goes into your mind.

2. Prezi

I was absolutely blown away by Prezi. It’s a great free tool for making presentations. I feel as though presentation software has reached a point where people should no longer pay for Photoshop and this is an example of why.

3. Kevin Ngo on creating the life you want

“If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want.” – Kevin Ngo

It can be hard to give up an evening of leisure, but giving up some of those evenings can change your entire life, not just your evenings.

4. Alton Brown’s Youtube channel

I love Alton Brown’s “scientific” way of looking at making meals. A great example of his style is his recent video on baking eggs:

This kind of thing gets me very excited to experiment in the kitchen.

5. John Allston on self-control

“If you don’t control your mind, someone else will.” – John Allston

If you’re lacking self-control, you’re letting someone else make your decisions for you.

6. Glenn Greenwald on fear

“To me, fear is like the most corrosive state of mind there is. And usually fears are about things that don’t actually exist and that aren’t real. And so I think fearlessness…is the most important state of being you can have. That’s the most empowering thing there is.” – Glenn Greenwald

Don’t steer your decisions out of fear of the worst possible outcome. Look instead at the good outcomes and let them be your guide.

7. George Harrison – All Things Must Pass (demo)

This is my favorite version of one of my favorite songs of all time.

8. Frederick Douglass on struggle and progress

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglass

If everything came easy, everyone would get ahead. It’s hard to get ahead. It requires a struggle.

9. Zendone

As I’ve mentioned many times, I use Evernote for all of my notes and miscellaneous thoughts. I really wish I could find a way to easily use it for organizing my to-do lists, as I usually rely on Remember the Milk for that.

This week, I’ve been trying out Zendone, which offers to-do lists with pretty good Evernote interaction. While it’s not perfect, it’s the closest I’ve yet found to my “dream” system.

10. Bruce Lee on principles

“Obey the principles without being bound by them.” ― Bruce Lee

Principles are your guide, but they’re not infallible.

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