Ten Pieces of Inspiration #56

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. Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding
A few days ago, I overheard Otis Redding singing from the speakers of a car near me, and just as suddenly, it dissolved into a rap. It actually made me go home and listen to a bunch of my Otis Redding tracks, including this most famous one.

His voice gives me goosebumps, like a beautiful whisper from the past.

2. Hanging the Laundry out to Dry (1875) by Berthe Morisot
I love glimpses of the past that shows people doing things that people still do today.

Hanging the Laundry out to Dry by Berthe Morisot

Morisot has a wonderful touch here, capturing the essence and flow of what’s happening below.

3. Xobni
I’ve been using this tool in my personal email account and, I’ve got to say, I’m inpressed. It’s made it really convenient to keep track of people I contact regularly – in other words, the key people in my life. Xobni automatically syncs up your emails from people with their postings on social networks and also grabs all of their contact information without you having to do a thing.

It’s not perfect, but it works so well – and is so effortless in what it does do – that I’m incredibly glad to have found it.

4. Adam Osborne on mistakes
Adam Osborne spells out why I’d rather hire a “B” student or a “C” student with an interesting and varied resume than an “A” student with nothing but a perfect GPA.

“The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake – you can’t learn anything from being perfect.” – Adam Osborne

Failure makes people better.

5. Bill Cosby on success and pleasing people
This quote really resonated with me recently.

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” – Bill Cosby

It doesn’t matter what you do. If you do something with any degree of success, you are never going to be able to please everyone. Instead, decide who you are going to please and focus on them wholeheartedly and don’t spend much time worrying about the rest.

6. Rory Sutherland on sweating the small stuff
Companies and people and organizations that succeed are ones that are still connected to what actually matters to everyday people. If you don’t have any connection to the life of Joe Average, how can you expect to have job security or everything else?

It’s an interesting way to look at the entire world.

7. Richard Carlson on mindfulness
I wish everyone in the world did this more often.

“The next time you find yourself in an argument, rather than defend your position, see if you can see the other point of view first.” – Richard Carlson

I’m often frustrated by discussions that are little more than insults tossed around and criticism that doesn’t consider the positives of what’s presented. Both are useless, and yet both get attention.

8. First Ferris wheel at the 1893 World’s Fair
One of the topics in history that I find fascinating are world’s fairs, particularly the 1893 one in Chicago that saw the public debut of electricity, the incandescent light bulb, and the Ferris wheel. This is just a wonderful shot of the Ferris wheel above the fairgrounds.

World's Columbian Exposition: Ferris Wheel, Chicago, United States, 1893.

I would have loved to have seen this.

9. The Scientist by Coldplay
This is for a reader going through a rough time. You’re a greater person than you think.

10. Brian Tracy on success
If you want to succeed, find ways to help others and don’t worry about what’s in it for you. If you come at it from a “me first” approach, you’ll never succeed.

“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are asking, What’s in it for me?” – Brian Tracy

Don’t worry about what’s in it for you if you want to find success.

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5 thoughts on “Ten Pieces of Inspiration #56

  1. sillygirl says:

    I just love that you do this every week – some things are so good I share them with friends – and I like that they are so diverse. Keep it up!

  2. Andrew says:

    Trent–check out the computer game “1893-A World’s Fair Mystery.”. Not a lot of bells and whistles but very ingeniously put together and lots of fun.

    Also, if you haven’t yet read “The Devil in the White City” you should do so immediately!

  3. Jackie says:

    That song you heard is by Kanye West and Jay-Z, on their “Watch the Throne” album, which is an excellent listen for hip-hop fans!

  4. Joan says:

    I just asked others in my family if I was reading the XOBNI right. It allows you to let a third party go into another persons computer and get all their personal information? That sounds a lot like spamming or hacking to me. It would tick me off Royal if I knew anyone was doing that to me. Would you please explain it to me if I am wrong?

  5. Geoff Hart says:

    An echo of the Carlson quote:

    “In order to understand what another person is saying, you must assume it is true and try to imagine what it could be true of.”—George Miller, psychologist (interviewed in Psychology Today, January 1980)

    One of my favorite quotes, and one I constantly return to.

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