Ten Pieces of Inspiration #173

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. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on relationships and risk

“Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

All relationships contain some risk. That’s the nature of opening yourself to someone else. The reward, on the whole, makes the risk worthwhile.

2. Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly on courage

This is a short interview that’s really well worth watching.

3. Mark Twain on loneliness

“The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.” – Mark Twain

If you’re uncomfortable with yourself, then you are always uncomfortable. Learn to accept who you are.

4. The Avett Brothers – Morning Song

I know I often share The Avett Brothers on here but they are, quite simply, my favorite musical act of recent times. I just can’t get enough. They just strike a deep chord with me.

5. Carl Sandburg on words

Look out how you use proud words.
When you let proud words go, it is not easy to call them back.
They wear long boots, hard boots; they walk off proud; they can’t hear you calling –
Look out how you use proud words.

This is from a poem of his called “Primer Lesson.” Choose what you say with care.

6. Alexander Graham Bell on refocusing

“When one door closes another door opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the ones which open for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell

One of the greatest skills anyone can learn is knowing when and how to refocus when the time comes.

7. The End of Poverty

This is a thought-provoking documentary, even if you don’t agree with the conclusions. (Honestly, I’m uncertain, as I often am when it comes to solving the world’s problems in broad strokes.)

8. Thoreau on giant plans

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau

Great visions and dreams will never solidify without a concrete plan under them.

9. The Machine That Made Us

This documentary, hosted by the always-entertaining Stephen Fry, focuses on the life of Johann Gutenberg, who invented the printing press, which is perhaps the most significant invention of the last several thousand years. Why did he create it? How did he do it? It’s really interesting (and Fry’s hosting helps).

(Part of the reasons I like to highlight documentaries on here – particularly entertaining ones – is to show people how much great viewing material is online so that they might consider “cutting the cable.”)

10. Picasso on leaving things undone

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” – Pablo Picasso

Tell people you love them and care about them. You’ll never regret it.

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