Ten Pieces of Inspiration #167

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.

March is Women’s History Month. Over the last week, I’ve been researching information about various women who have taken strong roles in the world to share with my daughter throughout the month. My plan was to tell her about one of them each day this month. I never want her to feel limited in her goals because of her gender. I thought I’d share five of the most interesting (to me, anyway).

1. David Goggins on stubbornness

“Everybody comes to a point in their life when they want to quit. But it’s what you do at that moment that determines who you are.” – David Goggins

When the chips are down, do you stand up?

2. Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher was the first female Prime Minister of Great Britain and the longest serving Prime Minster of the 20th century. She started out as a research chemist and manged to rise through the rather brutal political ranks of Great Britain to lead the nation for many years.

3. Henry Ford on opposition

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that airplanes take off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford

Great things often happen with great opposition.

4. Barbara McClintock

Barbara McClintock was a groundbreaking scientist who developed key techniques for visualizing maize chromosomes. Her techniques for microscope use enabled scientists to visually identify many of the basic concepts of genetics for the first time. She also discovered “crossing over” during meiosis, which is one of the most powerful elements for creating genetic differences between parents and children. She won the 1983 Nobel Prize in medicine for her work.

5. Stephen Levine on communication

“If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?” – Stephen Levine

What’s really holding you back from speaking the things that are in your heart?

6. Peggy Whitson

Peggy Whitson is an astronaut from Iowa (bonus points!) who became the first female commander of the International Space Station.

7. Aldous Huxley on happiness

“Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.” – Aldous Huxley

I find that I feel happiest when I’m doing something else. Happiness comes naturally with productivity.

8. Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson was a reclusive poet of the late 19th century whose works are now regarded among the greatest of American poetry. Her skill and talent overcame not only the restrictions of the day, but also her introversion.

9. Mary Baker Eddy on change

“What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds.” – Mary Baker Eddy

If you want to make the world a better place, do the things you believe in. You might not change the world, but you’ll change a little piece of it and others will see that change.

10. Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was the first person to fly nonstop from Hawaii to the coast of the United States as well as many other aviation firsts. She was also the first person to make a serious attempt at a flight around the world.

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