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. Ray Bradbury on exploration
Ray Bradbury is one of my favorite writers. His book Fahrenheit 451 has had a tremendous impact on my life.
“We must move into the universe. Mankind must save itself. We must escape the danger of war and politics. We must become astronauts and go out into the universe and discover the God in ourselves.” – Ray Bradbury
Rest in peace, Mr. Bradbury.
This is one of my favorite science fiction movies ever, and the full thing is available on Youtube. Your head will spin, trust me.
Be aware, there is some language content in one scene. It was theatrically rated PG-13 for it, but in other countries it was often rated the equivalent of PG.
3. Seneca on difficult things
Things that seem really difficult often turn out to not be as hard as we thought. The key is to try.
“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” – Seneca
Writing a book seems insurmountable, for example, until you start throwing words on the page every day. Then, suddenly, you have a first draft done.
Nirvana is a GTD-style task management tool that I’ve been trying out for the last week or so. It helps you keep track of the myriad of things you need to get done.
I’ve been very impressed with it so far. It does a great job of helping you to manage your tasks, sort them by due date and by importance, input new tasks easily, and best of all, it’s free. When they get a mobile app, I think I’ll be using this all the time.
5. The Safety Dance
Ever had a piece of nostalgia come straight out of your childhood and surprise you?
A friend sent this to me the other day and it took me back to my childhood like few things ever have. Talk about painting a giant smile on one’s face.
6. Neil deGrasse Tyson on building the future
I rarely include political quotes in this roundup, but Tyson sums up with incredible eloquence something I’ve thought for a long time.
“The culture of Nasa drives the culture of innovation and the culture of innovation drives the economies of the 21st century” – Neil DeGrasse Tyson
The modern computer industry was borne out of NASA’s push to the moon in the 1960s. It has also been responsible for such varied things as scratch-resistant lenses, ear thermometers, shock-absorbing shoes, long distance telecommunications, cordless tools, and water filters. These innovations all came out of NASA in the 1960s and 1970s and they were all largely dumped into the public domain so companies could build products based on them. We’re not doing this any more, and I think that’s seriously to our detriment.
7. Early arrival
One of my favorite things to do at a baseball game is arrive really early, when the park has just opened. I find something beautiful in watching batting practice and in looking at the many rows of empty seats.
There’s something so orderly and full of promise about lots of empty seats. Thanks to Andrew Morrell Photography for the image.
8. Bagehot on exceeding expectations
The expectations of others shouldn’t ever keep you from doing what you think is right.
“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” – Walter Bagehot
Stepping up and going beyond what others think you can do is always a pleasure.
I was discussing the idea of erosion with my oldest son and daughter the other day. We observed some really muddy water that had run off of a local field. I wanted to show them a picture of an eroded beach to talk about how the sand can wash out over time.
This was just a beautiful example of an eroded beach. Nature at work, indeed. Thanks to Kevin Dooley for the picture.
10. Milton Berle on opportunity
There is some luck to opportunity. Sometimes it comes along, sometimes it doesn’t.
“If opportunity doesn’t knock build a bigger door.” – Milton Berle
However, you always have the ability to open yourself up to more opportunities by building relationships, sharing your work, and putting yourself out there.