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. Walter Elliott on perseverance
The hardest challenges in life seem like incredibly long slogs through difficult terrain. However, almost all things can be conquered if you focus on nothing more than today.
“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” – Walter Elliott
Accomplish what you need to accomplish today. Don’t let the fear of what tomorrow might hold keep you from doing it.
2. Terry Fox
Although this may border on an insult to Canadians, I had never heard of Terry Fox until very recently. His story is amazing.
This is just incredibly inspirational.
3. Derrick Jensen on hope and effort
It’s easy to feel trapped by circumstance and locked into the rut of our day to day life.
“When we realize the degree of agency we actually do have, we no longer have to “hope” at all. We simply do the work.” – Derrick Jensen
In so many ways, though, we’re free to follow whatever path we want. We just have to be willing to work hard for it.
I’ve been unabashed in my love of Kickstarter, which is an amazing tool for entrepreneurs and lovers of interesting ideas alike. My only problem with it has been that it restricts itself to U.S.-only projects.
Enter IndieGoGo, which takes the Kickstarter idea and opens it to the world. While I like the interface of Kickstarter much better, IndieGoGo offers a lot of intriguing products from outside the United States.
I love sites that facilitate small-scale entrepreneurship, from Etsy to Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. They just inspire me.
5. Roger Daltrey singing “Love Reign O’er Me“
This is one of my favorite vocal performances ever.
Don’t bother with the video. Just listen to the voice.
6. Ken Olson on the uselessness of computers
It’s pretty easy to take a quote from the past and use it to make someone look foolish. What you always have to remember is the time they lived in.
“There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.” – Ken Olson, president of Digital Equipment Corporation
In 1977, there was no reason for people to have a computer at home. Today, they’re nearly ubiquitous and incredibly useful. Perspectives change, and the views of the past aren’t always correct for today.
7. Picasso’s Woman in White (1923)
Whenever I see portraits of people, they somehow feel inaccessible to me. There’s something about this portrait, though, that seems natural. For some reason – and I can’t quite put my finger on it – I feel as though I would have a pleasant conversation with this person. There’s something inherently real about her to me.
Thanks to Sharon Mollerus for the image.
8. Carl Sagan on looking at reality
We all have ideas of how the world should work. But that’s not how the world does work.
“Whatever is inconsistent with the facts must be discarded or revised. We must understand the Cosmos as it is and not confuse how it is with how we wish it to be.” – Carl Sagan
It takes strength of mind and strength of character to distinguish between the two.
9. Susan Cain on the power of introverts
Being an introvert myself, I know how challenging it can be to live in a world where communication is so vital. However, being an introvert has certain rewards, too.
I’m pretty happy being an introvert.
10. Hegel on good and great
To toss aside something good because it is not perfect is a mistake.
“Perfection is the enemy of the good.” (“Le plus grand ennemi du bon, c’est le mieux.”) – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Our lives are filled with good things. Never overlook them.