Ten Pieces of Inspiration #180

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. Maya Angelou on people

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou

If you’ve never read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, you should.

2. Arthur’s Transformation

This is something of an ad for DDP Yoga, which I think is a very good program. However, the core idea behind Arthur’s change is dynamic resistance, which is explained here. You can do dynamic resistance pretty much anywhere, even sitting at your desk. I’m becoming a big believer in dynamic resistance.

3. Eleanor Roosevelt on others thinking of you

“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Stop worrying about what others think of you. They rarely do, and when they do, it’s rarely of consequence. Just avoid doing anything cruel to them and it’s rarely going to be a negative thought, anyway.

4. A video on the purpose of life

If cable news was focused more on stories like this and less on the political “hot topic” of the moment, I’d watch it.

5. Mark Twain on how people are like the moon

“Every one is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” – Mark Twain

The side of other people that you see is not their whole person.

6. Morihei Ueshiba on practice

“Progress comes to those who train and train; reliance on secret techniques will get you nowhere.” – Morihei Ueshiba

Good, worthwhile practice is the best way to get better. Nothing else matches it.

7. Pale Blue Dot

This little piece by Carl Sagan had an incredible impact on me as a child. I read (or listen) to it again every once in a while.

8. David Allen on achievement

“You can do anything, but not everything.” – David Allen

The more things you try to jam into your life, the worse you become at all of them.

9. Give a Little Love – Noah and the Whale

This one will stick with you.

10. Scott Adams on luck

“You cannot make yourself lucky, but you can move from a game with bad odds to good odds.” – Scott Adams

Luck isn’t some mystical thing where you beat the odds constantly. Luck means you put in the work to make the odds better.

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