Ten Pieces of Inspiration #146

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. Tom Clancy on knowledge

“The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people.” – Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy was a great writer who was really the master of the military thriller. I still have fond memories of reading many of his novels when I was on a huge Tom Clancy kick when I was about fifteen. I’ll miss him.

2. Malcolm Gladwell on the untold story of David and Goliath

The story isn’t as simple as you might think – and it’s pretty thought-provoking when you dig into it.

3. Samuel Johnson on attempting things

“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.” – Samuel Johnson

At some point, you have to take a risk and move forward if you ever want to achieve anything. You can never take care of all contingencies.

4. James Flynn on why IQ levels are going up

This is a really interesting perspective on how the world has changed over the last hundred years or so.

5. Chuck Palahniuk on the past

“Your past is just a story. And once you realize this, it has no power over you.” – Chuck Palahniuk

Never, ever let yourself be defined by your past.

6. Douglas MacArthur on never retreating

“We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.” – Douglas MacArthur

A step back is often just a step forward toward another goal.

7. Alan Silvestri – What We Need Is a Hero

This is a powerful and foreboding march that just sticks in your mind like glue.

8. Adam Smith on the rich and the poor

“The disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and the powerful, and to despise, or, at least, to neglect persons of poor and mean condition is the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments.” – Adam Smith

Interesting words to think about.

9. Clint Mansell – Lux Aeterna

I posted another version of this classical piece about a year ago. This music is incredibly haunting.

10. Richard Branson on entrepreneurship

“A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.” – Richard Branson

It’s pretty hard to succeed if these elements aren’t there.

Trent Hamm
Trent Hamm
Founder of The Simple Dollar

Trent Hamm founded The Simple Dollar in 2006 after developing innovative financial strategies to get out of debt. Since then, he’s written three books (published by Simon & Schuster and Financial Times Press), contributed to Business Insider, US News & World Report, Yahoo Finance, and Lifehacker, and been featured in The New York Times, TIME, Forbes, The Guardian, and elsewhere.

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