Ten Pieces of Inspiration #55

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. Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action
How do you inspire others to take action in their own lives? It’s something I’ve actually thought about a lot over the years.

He uses a lot of examples – Martin Luther King, Apple, the Wright brothers – and actually has a very interesting explanation for what separates them. Really insightful.

2. Henry van Dyke on time
Time might be constant, but how we perceive it changes all the time.

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love time is eternity.” – Henry Van Dyke

For me, the best times are when time flies by so fast that I can’t conceive of where it went.

3. Claude Monet’s Poppy Field, Argenteuil (1875)
For me, the best landscapes are the ones that make me wish I could be there. Even better are landscapes that make me see something normal through the eyes of someone else.

Claude Monet - Poppy Fields near Argenteuil

Monet manages to do it again and again and again.

4. Abraham Maslow on growth and safety
I don’t necessarily think that either choice is a bad one, but they do lead in somewhat opposing directions.

“You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.” – Abraham Maslow

I find that this is true regarding everything from life choices and money to politics and the economy.

5. Pinterest
Every once in a while, you stumble upon a website that leaves you wandering there for hours. Pinterest did this for me recently.

It’s essentially a collective pinboard, where people pin things that are of interest to them. You can see a ton of these things at once on any page there.

I came across three different projects to work on with my kids while browsing around there, in just a little bit.

6. Thieves by She & Him
She & Him is probably my favorite new musical act of the past several years.

On a recent road trip, we listened to nothing but She & Him for hours. I just can’t get enough.

7. Tim Tebow
I know in the sports press, there’s been a lot of attention paid to Tim Tebow, his faith, his “lucky” play, and so on. Honestly, I don’t really care what football team he plays for or what religion he follows.

I have respect for a person who takes their money and fame and does things like this. That’s what we should all aspire to do with what we have.

8. Child luminography
This simple picture inspired about three hours of fun for my children this week. After showing it to them, we tried things where we took long exposures in a dark room while the children waved around lights.

Children luminography

None of our pictures turned out quite as nicely as this one, but does it really matter when you get to spend that time together?

Thanks to Jozef Turoci for the image.

9. Winston Churchill on success and failure
Nothing teaches you more than failure. The key is to tolerate it while keeping your head up.

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

That’s sometimes very hard to do.

10. Pause
Countless people have given their lives to pave the way for the life we now enjoy.


May they never be forgotten.

Thanks to Kevin Dooley for the image.

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