Ten Pieces of Inspiration #119

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. Joseph Addison on happiness

“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” – Joseph Addison

Something to love builds from your past. Something to do fills up your present. Something to hope for projects to the future.

2. Baseball game

Baseball game, Manzanar Relocation Center, Calif. (LOC)

Few things feel like spring to me like baseball. I spent most of the late afternoon in the yard playing ball with my children.

Thanks to the Library of Congress for the image.

3. John Paul Jones on risk

“It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win.” – John Paul Jones

Every time you try something new in life, there’s a risk. There’s a pretty nice reward, too.

4. Seminary baseball team

Baseball team, Eymard Seminary, Suffern, N.Y. (LOC)

I spent so many afternoons of my life in the backyard of my parents house, trying to master hitting a ball with my bat. I dreamed of being a great baseball player. I wasn’t.

Thanks to the Library of Congress for the image.

5. Earl Nightingale on time

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale

The next ten years will pass whether you work on a big ten year goal or not. The only difference is that when you get there, you’ll either have something amazing or you’ll look back at a bunch of time wasted.

6. Carl Sagan on first steps

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” – Carl Sagan

The first step in your project often isn’t the real first step. To really do it well, sometimes you have to go back further than you think.

7. Kids playing baseball

Siasconset Baseball Team, Jr.

Now, I just enjoy watching my children run and play. They’ll want to hit the ball fifty times in a row, then they’ll want to actually go out there and try to chase the ball for a while so I’ll hit grounders and popups to them.

Thanks to the Nantucket Historical Association for this image.

8. Gandhi on making mistakes

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.” – Mohandas K. Gandhi

I make mistakes all the time. Without friends that forgave them, I would be nowhere.

9. Centerfield by John Fogerty

Whenever I hear this song and I think about playing baseball with my kids, I just wish my dad was in great health and out there with us, and that my grandfather was out there, too.

10. Theodore Roosevelt on responsibility

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your troubles you wouldn’t sit for a month.” – Theodore Roosevelt

The world would be much better off if people accepted that they often cause their own troubles.

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