Ten Pieces of Inspiration #175

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. Henry Ford on avoiding problems

“Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.” – Henry Ford

It’s usually easier to drill a hole through the mountain than to build a road around it.

2. Guy Clark – My Favorite Picture of You

This manages to be both warm and haunting, not an easy trick to pull off.

3. Kurt Vonnegut on seeking true happiness

“I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.'” – Kurt Vonnegut

It’s those little moments that make life great.

4. Sarah Lewis on embracing the near-fail

You don’t have to succeed wildly to get something of great value out of a situation.

5. Nietzsche on nature

“We like to be out in nature so much because it has no opinion about us.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

I think this is why I feel so much better in the spring.

6. Gandhi on the future

“The future depends on what you do today.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Short and simple.

7. Aoife O’Donovan – Red and White and Blue and Gold

I keep running into this song. It’s one of those songs that you hear part of in one place, then hear it again somewhere else, then somewhere else, and so it seems to draw separate parts of your life together with a thread unseen.

8. Tom Robbins on love

“We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.” — Tom Robbins

I’m not perfect. Neither is Sarah. Love is never effortless, but it’s always worth the effort.

9. HabitRPG

HabitRPG basically turns any habit that you want to learn into a computer game, with levels and so on. The more commitment you show to your habit, the more you advance in the RPG. You can also tie in personal rewards outside of the game for more motivation.

This seemed like silly fun at first, but it’s actually doing a great job of motivating me to keep pace with some new habits I’m working on.

10. Fred Rogers on love

“Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.” ― Fred Rogers

This serves as a continuation of the Tom Robbins quote above.

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