Ten Pieces of Inspiration #147

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. John Steinbeck on cheap

“Anything that just costs money is cheap.” – John Steinbeck

Great things are made of far more than money.

2. Michael Porter on how entrepreneurship can solve social problems

There are countless problems out there. Some are best solved by public initiatives. Others are best solved by private businesses. We need both.

3. George Bernard Shaw on life’s torch

“Life is no brief candle for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” – George Bernard Shaw

Life consists of two things: pleasure for ourselves and giving to others.

4. Trello
Over the last few months, Trello has slowly become my primary task organizer. It simply does a lot of the things I want from a task organizer very quickly and easily and efficiently.

Essentially, it’s just a freeform list manager. You can make groups of lists, and groups of lists within those lists, and checklists within those. It could get really clunky if the software wasn’t really, really efficient. Thankfully, with Trello, it is.

If you’re like me and you thrive on keeping lots of lists to keep yourself organized, see if Trello clicks with you. It certainly has with me. It’s an impressively designed piece of software (and it’s free).

5. H. L. Mencken on underestimation

“No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” – H.L. Mencken

If a rich man in a suit on television tries to convince you that he’s your buddy and only ever talks positive to his own buddies while badmouthing everyone else, don’t trust that guy for a second.

6. Henry Ford on reputation

“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” ― Henry Ford

You don’t have a reputation at all if you do nothing at all. A reputation grows from positive action, nothing more, nothing less.

7. Free Hugs

A hug is a simple gesture, but it feels really good, not just for you but for the person you’re hugging.

8. Alexander the Great on teachers

“I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.” ― Alexander the Great

I had several very good teachers. Two of them in particular inspired me in such a way that they transformed my life. Whenever anyone speaks poorly of teachers, I think of those two great people and I’m disgusted by the insult to teachers.

9. Phillip Phillips – Home

I don’t usually share modern pop music because, frankly, I don’t listen to it much. Over the last few weeks, though, I’ve heard my daughter singing this song many, many times and I made it a point to learn the lyrics. The other night, I sang most of the song to her and she sang along with me with a giant smile on her face. That’s one of the magic elements of music.

10. George F. Will on baseball

“Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona.” ― George F. Will

October always draws me in, like a moth to light. It’s not just the games on the field. It’s remembering the joy of watching games with my father and my grandfather and seeing the growing gleam in my own son’s eye.

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