Ten Pieces of Inspiration #181

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. Seneca on life’s burdens

“I ask not for a lighter burden, but broader shoulders.” – Seneca

Everyone has pain. Everyone has challenges. Life is about your ability to deal with the pain and the challenges.

2. The PearBudget spreadsheet

If you’re familiar with using a spreadsheet program, you’ll probably find – as I have – that this spreadsheet is an amazing way to manage a budget for free. It’s just well thought out.

I first used this a few years back, but lately I’ve picked it up again and tinkered with it. While it’s not a full replacement for something like You Need a Budget, it’s free and it’s really flexible.

3. Steve Maraboli on letting go

“Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.” ― Steve Maraboli

Just because someone was an important part of your past doesn’t mean that they have to be a part of your future.

4. Dan Gilbert on the psychology of your future self

It’s incredibly useful to spend some time reflecting on how your future self will handle the moves you’re making today.

5. Steven Hsieh on competition

“The goal is not to beat each other, but to improve and challenge each other.” -Steven Hsieh

Competition is a tool for improving yourself. That’s what competition does best.

6. Robert Pirsig on improving the world

“The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.” – Robert Pirsig

You can’t improve the outside world unless you exceed it inside.

7. Malcolm Gladwell on choice, happiness, and spaghetti sauce

Choice and happiness are deeply intertwined.

8. Tony Gaskins on dreams

“If you don’t build your dreams, someone will hire you to help build theirs.” – Tony Gaskins

That’s why you should spend as much spare time as possible trying to do the things you’ve always dreamed of.

9. Richard St. John on the secret of success in eight words

Passion. Work. Good. Focus. Push. Serve. Ideas. Persist.

10. Socrates on physical fitness

“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” – Socrates

I’ve posted this quote in several places lately.

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.