Ten Pieces of Inspiration #102

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. Haruki Murakami on money and time
This was one of the most difficult lessons I’ve ever had to learn.

“Spend your money on the things money can buy. Spend your time on the things money can’t buy.” – Haruki Murakami

The real trick is realizing which things money can’t really buy.

2. Winter #1
I am really entranced with photographs of winter right now.


Winter comes in the night and blankets the world in whiteness, making the ordinary seem extraordinary.

Thanks to Damian for the photo.

3. Bruce Lee on teaching
The best teacher I ever had in my life led me directly into a life filled with reading and learning and, yes, writing.

“A teacher is never a giver of truth – he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself. A good teacher is merely a catalyst.” – Bruce Lee

He didn’t give me a long list of books to read. He lit the fire in me.

4. Winter #2
I grew up near several bodies of water. Winter always looked so stark and so beautiful at the water’s edge.

Struma River in Winter

Often, you’ll see the most beautiful freezing patterns on trees near the water’s edge.

Thanks to Klearchos Kapoutsis for the photo.

5. T.D. Jakes on dwindling relationships
There are a lot of people who played key roles in my life at certain points, then drifted away from me.

“When people walk away from you, let them go. Your destiny is never tied to anyone who leaves you, and it doesn’t mean they are bad people. It just means that their part in your story is over.” – T.D. Jakes

Sure, I sometimes wonder what happened to them, but I know that they have their own lives to lead and stories to live out.

6. John Steinbeck on ignorance
If you can show me facts that contradict what I think, I’ll listen.

“They have the authority of ignorance and that is something you simply cannot combat.” – John Steinbeck

If you won’t listen to facts, then you will never, ever grow as a person.

7. Winter #3
I used to love walking through my college campus during the winter. The trees were covered with snow, as were all the open areas, and I would feel the chill of the season as I strolled along the paths to class.

Winter Wonderland

Something about this photograph takes me back there.

Thanks to Stashabella for the photo.

8. Dwight Eisenhower on planning
This wonderfully sums up how I feel about planning.

“In preparing for battle, I have found that planning is essential, but plans are useless.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Planning ahead is extremely powerful, but you’ll often find that the plans you make get discarded. So what’s the point? The planning prepares you for whatever may come.

9. Winter #4
Sometimes, the first frost will hit suddenly, freezing the cattails in the field behind our house.

Winter Cattails

I love to go out there in that frozen field with my children, touching the frozen cattails and admiring how the landscape has changed.

Thanks to QUOI Media for the photo.

10. Lily Tomlin on the rat race
If you devote yourself wholly to your career and finally climb that mountaintop, you might find that you’re alone when you reach the summit.

“The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” – Lily Tomlin

I’d rather be at base camp with the people I care about than at the summit alone.

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