Ten Pieces of Inspiration #85

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. Gandhi on habits
It is extremely difficult to break a routine once we’ve established it.

“We cannot, in a moment, get rid of habits of a lifetime.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Thus, you’re better off trying to establish good routines than bad ones.

2. The Long Room Library at Trinity College Dublin
Beautiful architecture. Immense amounts of knowledge.

The Long Room

This is a wonderful connection between the past and the present. Many thanks to the National Library of Ireland for sharing this image.

3. Nietzsche on lying
Self-delusion can be incredibly dangerous. It can easily cause us to willingly walk down the wrong path in life.

“”The most common lie is that which one tells himself; lying to others is relatively an exception.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Honesty with oneself can really hurt, but it usually leads to a better place.

4. The 1948 London Olympics
I love watching old Olympic events. Even to my completely untrained eye, it’s easy to see how much events have changed. Take the high jump.

Athlete John Winter winning the high jump event at the London Olympic Games, August 1948.

Watch the high jump at this Olympics and it seems like a completely different sport. Many thanks to the National Library of Australia for the image.

5. Paul Newman on enemies
In order to have character, you’re going to have to stand up for some things you believe in. In doing that, you’re going to naturally make enemies of people who believe in different things.

“A man with no enemies is a man with no character.” – Paul Newman

Think of it this way. A politician tries not to take too many stands because they don’t want to make enemies of the voter, but do you really respect a politician who takes no stances and talks out of both sides of their mouth?

6. Anyleaf
I was actually surprised to find that this site pointed me towards a bunch of great deals on groceries in my area. I’m not sure it fully replaces the rummaging through the grocery flyers that I typically do, but it’s certainly becoming a tool in my grocery shopping arsenal.

I love well-designed tools like this one. They just take an idea that seems like common sense when you see it, but they just make it work so well.

7. Bruce Lee on time and life
Time management can seem overbearing and frustrating at times, but it’s valuable because of what it gives you in the long run: more time.

“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” – Bruce Lee

I’ll gladly have a harder work day if it means an extra hour each day with my family. Time spent on the things that really matter to you is what life is made of.

8. “My Genome, My Self” by Steven Pinker
This is a very thoughtful look at the connection between genetics and the people that we are. How does biological science connect with us?

I’m not sure I agree with all of the ideas and conclusions here, but I found myself thinking about this article for a very long time.

9. JFK on opinion and thought
An opinion feels good. It lets us feel resolution about an issue. Thinking about an issue can be really hard, though, particularly when both sides have points.

“Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” – John F. Kennedy

The world would be a better place if people spent more time thinking about the issues than telling everyone their opinions.

10. Miss Sarajevo by Luciano Pavarotti and U2
It feels like an ordinary live performance by U2, then Pavarotti’s voice breaks in like a freight train.

I get goosebumps listening to this.

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