Ten Pieces of Inspiration #183

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. Antoine de Saint-Exupery on goals and plans

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I highly recommend The Little Prince as a children’s book (de Saint-Expuery is the author).

2. Jia Jiang on 100 days of rejection

Rejection isn’t the end of the world. Sometimes it’s more like the start.

3. Confucius on studying

“In old days men studied for the sake of self-improvement; nowadays men study in order to impress other people.” – Confucius

Self-improvement impresses other people as a natural side effect. Don’t worry about other people. Worry about improving yourself.

4. Matt Cutts on trying something new for 30 days

The biggest advantage? It makes you see the world a little differently.

5. Lao Tzu on true power

“Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” – Lao Tzu

Self-control is the difference between consistent greatness and consistent failure.

6. Tom Stoppard on maturity

“Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.” – Tom Stoppard

What I wouldn’t give to take what I know now and put it into an eighteen year old body.

7. The Poweradd Apollo

I rarely talk about specific products on here, but I’ll make an exception. This is just a brilliant idea.

It’s basically a battery with a solar panel attached and some USB ports. What does it do? You can leave it out in the sun, then use it to charge your cell phone and other devices. It just works perfectly for this and is simply ideal for camping or for emergency situations.

Sarah received one for her birthday. I want one, too.

8. Asimov on life

“In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.” – Isaac Asimov

The winners in life are the ones who keep playing after the checkmate instead of giving up. They reset the board and rearrange the pieces and play again.

9. Taylor Conroy on the paradox of fulfillment

There’s always something more to want, so be careful on what paths you choose to follow.

10. George Bernard Shaw on ignorance

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” – George Bernard Shaw

If you always trust the first thing you hear, particularly from a political commentator, you’re likely full of false knowledge.

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