Ten Pieces of Inspiration #154

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. Lois McMaster Bujold on reputation and honor

“Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself. Guard your honor. Let your reputation fall where it will.” – Lois McMaster Bujold

Honor is the foundation of reputation.

2. Louie Schwartzberg on how nature’s beauty inspires gratitude

There is so much more to the world than what we see with our naked eyes.

3. Seneca on life’s journey

“If a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

You need a direction for a push to actually be helpful.

4. World’s Fairs

World's Columbian Exposition: Electricity Building, Chicago, United States, 1893.

One of my favorite elements of recent history is the phenomenon of world’s fairs, where inventions and concepts were shown to the wide public for the first time. This image is from the 1893 Fair in Chicago, where electrical lighting is first employed at a wide scale. I actually wrote a (not very good) short story set at this Fair.

5. Tony Robbins on impotent goals

“People are not lazy, they simply have impotent goals..that is..goals that do not inspire them.” – Tony Robbins

I think some people have no goals at all, as well.

6. Ben Bernanke on failure

“Nobody likes to fail, but failure is an essential part of life and of learning. If your uniform isn’t dirty, you haven’t been in the game.” – Ben Bernanke

Everyone needs to get their uniform dirty sometimes.

7. The Avett Brothers – Laundry Room

This is just another wonderful song by one of my favorite musical acts.

8. Henry Rollins on teenage rebellion

“If you hate your parents, the man or the establishment, don’t show them up by getting wasted and wrapping your car around a tree. If you really want to rebel against your parents, out-learn them, outlive them, and know more than they do.” – Henry Rollins

I expect my children to rebel somewhat. I just hope it takes this avenue instead.

9. Phil Hansen on embracing the shake

Don’t let a limitation hold you back.

10. Bill Gates on bosses

“If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.” – Bill Gates

On the other hand, you could look at this quote as a powerful reason to work at a university.

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