Ten Pieces of Inspiration #157

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. Charles Bukowski on perseverance

“Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside — remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.” – Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski was a writer with a rather biting sense of humor and some great insights on human behavior. There are certainly some mornings when I wonder if I can pull off what I need to do that day and the temptation to crawl back in bed is great. The idea that I’ve handled big loads before is usually enough to get me going.

2. Billie Holiday – The Very Thought of You

Her voice sends chills down my spine.

3. Bruce Lee on self-improvement

“There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there. You must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.” – Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was a legendary martial artist. Martial arts success requires you to keep pushing yourself to improve, regardless of where you are. Why not apply that to everything else in life?

4. Paul Piff on whether money makes you mean

I think that money can provide a platform for cruelty. I don’t think money itself is cruel.

5. Socrates on doubt

“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.” – Socrates

Socrates was an ancient Greek philosopher who apparently understood why I knew far more about the world at age eighteen than I do now.

6. Lao Tzu on internal wisdom

“I have three treasures which I hold and keep. The first is compassion; the second is frugality; The third is daring not to be ahead of others. From compassion comes courage; from frugality comes generosity; from humility comes leadership.” – Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu was a Chinese philosopher. All of the ways in which we strive to improve ourselves often have unintended positive consequences and benefits.

7. Lindsay Stirling and Kuha’o Case – O Come Emanuel

I really enjoyed this piece.

8. Rita Mae Brown on conformity

“The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.” – Rita Mae Brown

Rita Mae Brown is a wonderful writer with a strong sense of the fact that you have to be content with yourself or else you find things to be pretty empty when you’re alone. You can find that sense throughout her writings.

9. Hem – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

This is my favorite version of this song.

10. Mark Twain on sin and prayer

“But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?” – Mark Twain

Twain was one of the greatest American writers. This quote has actually left me thinking quite a lot about who we help with our actions and choices.

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