Ten Pieces of Inspiration #151

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. Voltaire on common sense

“Common sense is not so common.” – Voltaire

If it were, an awful lot of the advice in the world would be completely unnecessary.

2. A candle’s flame

burning out

I am often amazed how much illumination a single candle flame can add to a dreary and dark room.

Thanks to Thejas Panarkandy for the wonderful image.

3. Will Rogers on advertising

“Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don’t have for something they don’t need.” – Will Rogers

The better marketers get at their craft, the more people find themselves spending money they don’t have.

4. Spreeder

Spreeder is a great free tool for learning how to read faster. I’m such an avid reader that being able to read even a little bit faster without losing any comprehension is really useful. I actually have used the tool here to increase my words per minute by about 40 or so (I was already a fast reader) without losing any comprehension. That means, over an hour of reading, I’m able to absorb 2,400 additional words, which usually amounts to several pages.

5. Nietzsche on the right way

“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

There is no method of living that works best for everyone. There is one that works best for me and one that works best for you, but they aren’t necessarily the same.

6. F. Scott Fitzgerald on intelligence

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The ability to see a situation truthfully and yet still stick to your dreams and ideals is pretty challenging.

7. Jessa Gamble on our natural sleep cycle

We have a natural sleep cycle and we ignore it to our own detriment.

8. François de La Rochefoucauld on inner peace

“When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.” – François de La Rochefoucauld

Inner peace is the first step.

9. Fire


I love the popping sounds and the smell of a campfire on a cool evening. Thanks to Thomas for this nice image.

10. Anthony Bourdain on journeys

“The journey is part of the experience – an expression of the seriousness of one’s intent. One doesn’t take the A-train to Mecca.” – Anthony Bourdain

If you just arrive at the destination without any journey, the destination doesn’t mean nearly as much.

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