Ten Pieces of Inspiration #51

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. Sounds of the Winter by Walt Whitman
I love to get all bundled up and go on a walk in the winter.

Sounds of the winter too,
Sunshine upon the mountains–many a distant strain
From cheery railroad train–from nearer field, barn, house,
The whispering air–even the mute crops, garner’d apples, corn,
Children’s and women’s tones–rhythm of many a farmer and of flail,
An old man’s garrulous lips among the rest, Think not we give out yet,
Forth from these snowy hairs we keep up yet the lilt.

The world looks and sounds like a different place in the December season.

2. Vincent van Gogh’s View of Arles (1889)
Good impressionism makes me want to go to the place depicted in the painting and see it through my own eyes, to get my own impression of the place.

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I am going to have to visit Arles someday. Thanks to Oliver Kurmis for the image.

3. John Quincy Adams on leadership
What exactly makes a leader? I don’t really think it’s just the person who starts the ball rolling in a movement.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

Lots of people out there are leaders.

4. Stefon Harris on mistakes
This is a really interesting way to think of mistakes, as merely a part of the song we’re always playing.

Mistakes are a part of the tapestry of life.

5. Charles Caleb Colton on what money won’t buy
I find the things that money cannot buy to be much more valuable than the things money can buy. Time, for instance.

“To cure us of our immoderate love of gain, we should seriously consider how many goods there are that money will not purchase, and these the best; and how many evils there are that money will not remedy, and these the worst.” – Charles Caleb Colton

My children won’t be young forever.

6. Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy
If you want to get a movement started, a leader is useful, but it’s often the first follower that makes the difference.

This video does a great job of visually illustrating this point.

7. Mary Cassatt’s Mother Combing Her Child’s Hair (1896)
I absolutely love Mary Cassatt’s paintings of moments of parenthood.

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I have a four year old daughter. Almost every weekday morning, she winds up sitting on my lap while I brush her hair for the day. Thanks to Cea for the image.

8. Sam Keen on love
If you’re looking for perfection, you won’t find it.

“You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.” – Sam Keen

I love Sarah because she’s imperfect. Perfection would be dull. Her quirks make her amazing.

9. Rogers Hornsby on baseball and winter
I know the feeling.

“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” – Rogers Hornsby

I can’t wait to start listening to daytime baseball games again. They just make the day flow so much better.

10. Mr. Jones by Counting Crows
I spent most of 1993 and 1994 singing this song to myself. I spent some time trying to learn guitar (and overcome my large hands) to try to play this song.

This is pure nostalgia for me. Hearing this song takes me back to a particular place and time, almost as if by magic.

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