Ten Pieces of Inspiration #60

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. Jenna McCarthy on what you don’t know about marriage
This is a wonderful talk about what actually makes marriage work.

I think there’s quite a lot to what she’s saying here, based on my own experience.

2. Robert Yates on work and credit
Some of the most amazing things I’ve ever done in my life were ones where no one really cared about who received the compliments or rewards later. So many things in life really come down to people positioning themselves for credit.

It is amazing what can be accomplished when nobody cares about who gets the credit. – Robert Yates

The best coworker I ever had truly didn’t care whose name appeared on documents or anything else.

3. Freerice
I’ve visited this so many times over the years.

It’s simple. You learn vocabulary words. Rice gets donated to the hungry. It’s a clever way to see the World Food Programme at work while also expanding your language.

4. Winston Churchill on carrying forth
This one has really inspired me a lot lately.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

The thing that really matters, above all else, is that you keep trying. You keep moving forward, trying to get better at what you do, and making effort to produce something worthwhile.

5. Neil Young singing Heart of Gold
I’ve been able to sing along with this since I was a kid, and I still can.

I actually sang this to my kids the other night as they were going to sleep. My daughter held my hand and told me I wasn’t old yet.

6. Benjamin Disraeli on hope and preparation
There is never a reason not to prepare for bad things, even when things are going well.

I am prepared for the worst, but hope the best. – Benjamin Disraeli

Never, ever allow yourself to be blinded by the light.

7. The first hints of spring
They’re just starting to pop up here and there. I heard a bird recently that I hadn’t heard in months. I saw a bit of green in the field behind our house.

snow melting

The snow melts, and life grows. Thanks to Anthony Easton for the image.

8. Henry Adams on teaching
Although this is a great teaching quote, I think it applies to a lot of things.

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. – Henry Adams

Whenever you do something that has an impact on someone else’s life, there’s a snowball effect that you never see.

9. The Garden of St. Paul’s Hospital (1889) by Vincent van Gogh
I am astonished by all of van Gogh’s later works. There’s something so incredibly alive about them, something I’ve never seen in other paintings.

Van Gogh Museum - The garden of St. Paul's Hospital, 1889

The mix of reds and greens here is amazing.

10. The Tao Te Ching on desire
If you want something, your perspective on things is distorted by your own desire.

The secret waits for eyes unclouded by longing.

The less desire you have, the easier it is to see situations for what they really are.

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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