Ten Pieces of Inspiration #127

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. Aristotle on the educated mind

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle

If everyone was capable of doing this, the world would be a far better place. Too many people immediately discard an idea either because they already hold one on the same issue or because they don’t want to listen to the source.

2. Peter Singer on effective altruism

If you’re going to help others, it makes sense to choose ways to do it that maximize the effectiveness of that help.

3. Groucho Marx on mistakes

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.” – Groucho Marx

The only thought worth thinking about the mistake of someone else is what you can learn from that mistake.

4. Judy MacDonald Johnston on preparing for a joyful end of life

This is the best way I’ve ever heard of to approach end of life issues.

5. Zach Sobiech on the meaning of life

“It’s really simple actually. It’s just, try and make people happy. Maybe you have to learn with time. Maybe you have to learn it the hard way. But as long as you learn it, you’re going to make the world a better place.” – Zach Sobiech

If you focus on making others happy, things, in the long run, are going to be a positive for you.

6. Bernard Baruch on speaking your mind

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Bernard Baruch

The people who are worth having in your life won’t respond to your curiosity and opinions with negativity.

7. Handwritten letters


Few things seem more wonderful to me than a handwritten letter. Thanks to Liz West for this great image.

8. Erica Jong on blame

“No one to blame! That was why most people led lives they hated, with people they hated. How wonderful to have someone to blame! How wonderful to live with one’s nemesis! You may be miserable, but you feel forever in the right. You may be fragmented, but you feel absolved of all the blame for it. Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.” – Erica Jong

Blame is the crutch of people who are unwilling to change.

9. Farmers


In a world where it’s so easy to get food, it’s vital to remember where that food comes from. Largely, it comes from the labor of farmers in the fields. Never forget their honorable work.

Thanks to upyernoz for the photo.

10. Mary Catherine Bateson on learning

“We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn.” – Mary Catherine Bateson

When you stop learning, you accept that you will never be more than you are today.

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