Ten Pieces of Inspiration #169

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. George Carlin on work

“Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.” – George Carlin

The people that don’t do this always stand out.

2. Shlomo Benartzi on saving for tomorrow, tomorrow

This is very good advice.

3. Bruce Lee on flexibility

“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee

Your situation changes constantly. The easier you move with the changes, the easier your life will be.

4. Janis Joplin – Buried Alive in the Blues

This is a great instrumental. It gets stuck in your head.

5. John Lennon on priorities

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.” ― John Lennon

It’s all about priorities. People’s actions – not their words, their actions – reveal their priorities.

6. Oscar Wilde on anonymity

“Give a man a mask and he will reveal his true face.” – Oscar Wilde

I don’t put too much value on anonymous thoughts.

7. Flatt and Scruggs – Foggy Mountain Breakdown

The amount of skill on display here just blows me away.

8. Randy Pausch on life

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” – Randy Pausch

Worry about what you can change, not what you can’t.

9. Joachim de Posada on not eating the marshmallow

Learning how to delay gratification is absolutely essential in life.

10. J.C. Watts on character

“Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.” – J.C. Watts

What do you do when no one else is watching? Do you take a shortcut?

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.