Ten Pieces of Inspiration #57

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. Rodin on what’s worth doing
Everything is worth doing if you approach it right.

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” – Auguste Rodin

The challenge always is figuring out ways to actually use the experience wisely. If you view the world from this perspective, life itself is a constant path toward self-improvement.

2. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon on female entrepreneurship
I have sent this video to a lot of people this week.

No one should ever be afraid to show the world what they can do.

3. Dale Carnegie on perseverance
The number one ingredient for succeeding at anything is simply sticking with it. That’s where the vast majority of people who try something fail.

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all.” – Dale Carnegie

The Simple Dollar would have never succeeded if I did not stick with blogging for years and years, through thick and thin.

4. The Yellow Flowers (1902) by Henri Matisse
I love how impressionist paintings are much like a faded memory. To me, they elicit something much deeper than a photograph.

[ M ] Henri Matisse - The Yellow Flowers (1902)

It feels like the closest I’ll ever get to seeing the world through another’s eyes.

5. Criss Jami on passions
If you want to channel something you’re passionate about into something that can carry your whole life, the recipe is pretty simple.

“Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane.” – Criss Jami

It takes a lot of time, a willingness to constantly improve, and a lot of focus. It brings joy, too.

6. CodeAcademy
Ever wanted to learn about computer programming? This is probably the best tool I’ve ever seen for learning about it completely from scratch, even if you know very little about computers.

I’d love to see the same approaches used for learning about other topics, too. The ideas they have for learning going on at CodeAcademy have wider applications than just code, I think.

7. Nelson Mandela on going home again
When I was younger, I used to wonder what had changed in my home town.

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” – Nelson Mandela

Now, I know that most of the change was me.

8. Mass Ascension
One thing I want to visit someday is a hot air balloon festival, like this one.

Mass Ascension

There is something deeply appealing to me about hot air balloons. I can’t put my finger quite on what it is, but whenever I see one, I want to stop and watch it.

9. Brian Goldman on experts and fallibility
Goldman focuses mostly on doctors, but this is true of everyone that you listen to and value their opinion. Humans are fallible. They make mistakes. That does not mean they’re evil or out to get you.

This is why multiple sources are always a good idea for anything you want to know. Generally, people aren’t trying to give you bad information, but humans are fallible and imperfect.

10. C.S. Lewis on childishness
This past week, I got an email from a reader chiding me for reading and writing fantasy and science fiction, calling them childish. This was my response, a simple quote from C.S. Lewis.

“Critics who treat ‘adult’ as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.” – C.S. Lewis

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