Ten Pieces of Inspiration #75

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. Emerson on moving on
Today is just one day. When it’s finished, move on. Don’t dwell on the mistakes. Get up tomorrow and do better.

“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each day is a chance to paint your masterpiece.

2. Green leaves in abundance
I love the period between late spring and midsummer where the green leaves are in thick abundance on nearly every tree.

Green leaf ceiling

Walks in the woods this time of year are particularly enjoyable. Thanks to Julia for the picture.

3. Dag Hammarskjold on achievement
Whenever you achieve something, it feels great. However, it’s often just a stepping stone to something even bigger.

“Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.” – Dag Hammarskjold

Focus on the goal at hand. Don’t worry about what’s even further down the road.

4. David Eagleman on death
What are you going to do to live as long as possible?

“There are three deaths. The first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the graved. The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time.” – David Eagleman

When your name is spoken for the last time, your impact on the world has almost completely gone away. What can you give to the world to have enough impact to keep your name alive?

5. Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait
There are so many things I love about this painting. Whenever I look at one of Rembrandt’s works, I feel like I can see the simple strokes he used that somehow merge together to create something much more.

Rembrandt van Rijn

6. George Bernard Shaw on how others measure you
Most people end up thinking of you in terms of some point in the past where they made up their mind about you, and there’s very little you can do to change it.

“The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.” – George Bernard Shaw

The best you can do is to try to make sure each moment interacting with others is a good one.

7. David Foster Wallace on the complexity of life
There is no piece of advice or any sort of writing that will give you all the answers you seek. Even the longest article or book is just the vaguest outline.

“What goes on inside is just too fast and huge and all interconnected for words to do more than barely sketch the outlines of at most one tiny little part of it at any given instant.” – David Foster Wallace

8. Elvis Costello singing That Day Is Done
This was performed at Linda McCartney’s memorial concert, and both Linda and Paul were friends with Elvis.

9. Aristotle on considering things
Just because you disagree with something doesn’t mean you should consider it or think about it.

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle

Why do you disagree with it? If you can’t explain why, it’s time to learn.

10. Buddha on anger at others
Being angry with someone is almost always a waste of time. You’re not going to change that person through your anger.

“Being angry with another person, what can you do to him? Can you destroy his virtue and his other good qualities? Have you not come to your present state by your own actions, and will also go hence according to your own actions? Anger towards another is just as if someone wishing to hit another person takes hold of glowing coals, or a heated iron-rod, or of excrement. And, in the same way, if the other person is angry with you, what can he do to you? Can he destroy your virtue and your other good qualities? He too has come to his present state by his own actions and will go hence according to his own actions. Like an unaccepted gift or like a handful of dirt thrown against the wind, his anger will fall back on his own head.” – Gautama Buddha

Instead, channel that emotion into something positive for yourself.

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