Ten Pieces of Inspiration #126

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. Keith Ferrazzi on poverty

“Poverty, I realized, wasn’t only a lack of financial resources; it was isolation from the kind of people that could help you make more of yourself.” – Keith Ferrazzi

This is one of society’s greatest challenges. It takes someone really exceptional to escape an impoverished childhood.

2. Maria Bezaitis on the surprising need for strangeness

It isn’t the ordinary and mundane that shapes our lives. It’s the unusual.

3. Cornelia Funke on fear

“Fear kills everything. Your mind, your heart, your imagination.” – Cornelia Funke

It is a true individual triumph to overcome something you’re afraid of and see it for what it truly is.

4. Sir Ken Robinson on changing educational paradigms

Education today was designed for an industrial economy. Today, we have an information economy. How do we cross that bridge?

5. Thomas Carlyle on idleness

“In idleness there is a perpetual despair.” – Thomas Carlyle

One of the few things I fear is sitting still.

6. Beth Fantaskey on fear

“Fear is the worst kind of grave, because it buries one alive.” – Beth Fantaskey

The problem with fear is that it bends so many of the choices you make in life. When you’re afraid of something, it bends all choices you make related to that fear, altering your life profoundly.

7. John Perkins on economic hitmen

It’s an economic model that keeps the rich rich and keeps the poor poor.

8. Thomas Harms on answers

“Saying ‘I don’t know’ doesn’t mean you stop searching for an answer. A lot of people misunderstand that bit. Accepting your own bounds without shame or guilt allows you to see more clearly when your first urge may be to deny your ignorance to yourself or others, and instead admit your limitations and seek the solution from someone or somewhere.” – Thomas Harms

We are all limited. Saying that you don’t know something isn’t a sign of weakness. It is a sign of being a human.

9. Tony Robbins on why we do what we do

He really is the master of motivational speaking, and this is a prime example.

10. Aldo Leopold on the land around us

“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” – Aldo Leopold

What right do I have to say I truly own the land that I hold a deed for? It was here long before humans appeared on this planet.

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