Ten Pieces of Inspiration #133

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. Gandhi on remaking yourself

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” – Mahatma Gandhi

If you remake yourself in a better way, that change echoes outward, like ripples in a still pool.

2. Thrift shop, circa 1921

Series of photographs showing the Westchester County Thrift Shop and the many activities conducted ...

The idea of dropping off items at a thrift shop isn’t a brand new one. Thrift stores have been around for a very long time, and dropping off items and shopping there is likely something your great grandparents did.

Thanks to Cornell University for the image!

3. Pele on practice

“Everything is practice.” – Pele

There is no aspect of life that isn’t made better through practice.

4. The Life and Death of a Pumpkin

This short film examines Halloween from the perspective of a pumpkin. It’s amazing how affecting the pumpkin’s experience becomes.

5. Dale Carnegie on the loss of argument

“If you argue and rankle and contradict, you may achieve a victory sometimes; but it will be an empty victory because you will never get your opponent’s good will.” – Dale Carnegie

Save your arguments for things that actually matter.

6. Marilyn Richards on abrasive behavior

“When you depersonalize abrasive behavior and see it as a call for help you become a catalyst for the best kind of change.” – Marilyn Richards

If someone is acting abrasive toward you, it’s virtually always an issue with them, not with you.

7. Well-organized tools

Organized drill bits

There’s something about a set of well-organized tools that makes me want to go out there and do something.

Thanks to Mark Hesseltine for the picture.

8. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on a good day

“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It sounds like a good day to me.

9. Simple sand castle

Sand castle

I actually prefer the simple sand castles that are the work of a child and a family’s imagination to the impressive structures of the professionals.

Thanks to Maureen for the image.

10. The Buddha on hatred

“Hatred is never ended by hatred but by love.” – Buddha

If someone expresses hate, add an equal amount of love to the world to balance it out.

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