Ten Pieces of Inspiration #136

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. Mary Anne Radmacher on courage

“Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering ‘I will try again tomorrow.'” – Mary Anne Radmacher

It takes courage to keep going through the doldrums.

2. Renoir’s Chrysanthemums


A beautiful painting capturing a beautiful flower.

Thanks to terren in Virginia for the image.

3. Aristotle on avoiding criticism

“To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” – Aristotle

Whenever you speak, whenever you do anything, you open yourself up to critics. Critics are part of doing something that’s worth doing.

4. Renoir’s Portrait of Two Girls

Auguste Renoir (musée de l'Orangerie, Paris)

I love this glimpse of girls sharing a secret. Superbly done by a master.

Thanks to Jean-Pierre Dalbera for the image.

5. Anaïs Nin on writing

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.” – Anaïs Nin

This sums up the joy I have when I read old journal entries.

6. Thich Nhat Hanh on actions

“My actions are my only true belongings.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

No one can ever take from you the things you’ve done and achieved in your life.

7. Pico Iyer on the idea of home

What is home? I think it’s simply the place where you consistently feel happiest and most at ease.

8. Nicholas Negroponte on nationalism

“Nationalism is the biggest disease on the planet. Nations have the wrong granularity.They’re too small to be global and too big to be local, and all they can think about is competing.” – Nicholas Negroponte

I wonder what the world would be like if there were only governments covering areas the size of counties and one global government handling issues between them.

9. Paul Gauguin’s Paysage

Paul Gauguin (musée de l'Orangerie, Paris)

A wonderful image of countryside flora in all of their bright summer colors.

Again, thanks to to Jean-Pierre Dalbera for the image.

10. Nelson Mandela on success

“Do not judge me by my successes; judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” – Nelson Mandela

A true winner falls sometimes, but gets up again.

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