Ten Pieces of Inspiration #177

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. Buckminster Fuller on the future

“We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.” – Buckminster Fuller

This quote spurred a great conversation that I had recently with several friends. At the core is a great idea, that the most valuable thing a person can do is think productively and that we should, as a society, do whatever we can to get people to engage in deep thinking rather than simply joining the workforce to earn a living in a way that could be automated or could be done away with.

I don’t know how we get from here to there, but I do believe that the best way for us to get beyond the multitude of problems facing society is deep thinking and that many of the people best suited for that kind of thinking aren’t able to do it because they need to work for a living. A society that encourages this kind of thinking rather than pushing people away from it is a great goal for the future.

This is a quote that should spur you to think about the future of the world, and that’s inspirational.

2. Ben Saunders on bothering to leave the house

When we stay inside and sheltered, we miss the world.

3. Woody Allen on happiness

“The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don’t have.” – Woody Allen

Our lives have so many wonderful things in them. Why do we always want more?

4. Becky Blanton on a year of working homelessness

This is just a powerful story.

5. Camus on despair

“If there is a sin against life, it lies perhaps less in despairing of it than in hoping for another life and evading the implacable grandeur of the one we have.” – Albert Camus

Don’t hope for a different life. You’ll never have a different life. Instead, focus on making the best of the life you have.

6. Neil de Grasse Tyson on preparedness

“The dinosaurs never saw that asteroid coming; what’s our excuse?” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

We usually don’t see the big problems coming. It’s really hard to convince yourself to prepare for such things if you can’t see them.

7. The Lone Bellow in concert

I listened to this seven times in a row on Tuesday.

8. Larry Page on dreams and hobbies

“You never lose a dream. It just incubates as a hobby.” – Larry Page

Hobbies are a beautiful thing. They keep you in touch with your dreams.

9. CodeAcademy

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to program – and also have a way to share your progress with potential employers – this is easily the best free way to do that. The site guides you into programming so gently that you almost feel frustrated with the baby steps until you realize you’re actually making interesting things.

10. Randy Komisar on freedom

“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all – the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” ― Randy Komisar

The key here is “doing what you want.” That doesn’t mean buying piles of stuff you don’t really need.

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