Ten Pieces of Inspiration #134

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. Bill Nye on meeting people

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” – Bill Nye

This is a really useful thing to keep in mind when meeting people. They know something you do not.

2. Diana’s Baths


Diana’s Baths are a series of small waterfalls in the southeastern part of the White Mountains near North Conway, Hampshire. Sarah and I hiked around this gorgeous place and took several photographs, but this one, by Alex McLeod, captures the beauty far better than our images.

3. Richard Tirendi on surrounding yourself with the right people

“If you’re the smartest one in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” – Richard Tirendi

If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re the one least capable of learning from others in the room. I’d rather be the dumbest person in the room.

4. Old North Church

Old North Church #1

The Old North Church (the “one if by land, two if by sea” church) in Boston is an amazing place to visit, both from a historical and an architectural perspective. My photos of the church were washed out, but this wonderful shot by Tim Sackton captures the place quite well.

5. JFK on personal strength

“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.” – John F. Kennedy

Focus on what you can control, not what you cannot control.

6. Harold Geneen on money and experience

“In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.” – Harold S. Geneen

This is the best possible advice for people starting off in their careers. If you have no other responsibilities than yourself, always choose the option that gives the most valuable experience.

7. Paul Pholeros on the key to fixing poverty

The key is to fix homes, and he seems to mean that in many different dimensions. He’s obviously referring to the physical structures, but there’s also reference to the social structure, as well.

8. Emerson on character

“People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.” – Ralph Waldo Emmerson

Your thoughts on politics, spirituality, history, and everything else do more to outline you as a person to others than they do to actually influence their views.

9. Didier Sornette on how we can predict the next financial crisis

This is some interesting insight on how observing patterns in data can help us tell what’s coming, at least in the short term.

10. Lou Brock on saving face

“Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.” – Lou Brock

If you’re spending all of your time being careful to save face, you’re never doing anything exceptional.

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