Updated on 03.16.12

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #64

Trent Hamm

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. Minutes.io
Over the years, I’ve served as secretary for several different groups. I’ve mostly used Microsoft Word and Microsoft OneNote for taking notes during meetings to prepare meeting minutes from, but I’ve always looked for a tool that really took care of my specific minute-taking needs.

Minutes.io pretty much hits a home run in that department. It’s designed specifically for taking the minutes of a meeting and it does that job spectacularly. I will be using this at any meeting in the future where I take minutes.

2. Richard Bach on work and motivation
Work occurs when you’re doing something you don’t want to be doing. If you’re doing something you want to be doing, how is it work?

“The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.” – Richard Bach

I always strive to be doing something I want to be doing while also getting paid to do it.

3. Jonathan Haidt on self-transcendence
I found this talk to be utterly fascinating. I am constantly trying to transcend my own abilities and lose myself in the flow of what I’m working on.

There are indeed some religious and spiritual ties to that practice.

4. Church spires in a town
I love the architecture of churches. I love how the steeples and spires rise high and enter the horizon in a town or a city. I love the flowing lines of the buildings.

Church in Rzeszów (2)

There’s something really beautiful about the architecture of a church. Thanks to Krzysztof Dobrzański for the picture.

5. Elbert Hubbard on patience and effort
The people that achieve success are those that are patient and apply continuous effort over a long period of time, because eventually they’re going to find that success.

“Genius is often only the power of making continuous efforts. The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it — so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it. How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience, would have achieved success. As the tide goes clear out, so it comes clear in. In business sometimes prospects may seem darkest when really they are on the turn. A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose.” – Elbert Hubbard

If you give up quickly, it’s going to be impossible to succeed in what you want to do.

6. Spring tulips
Spring seems to have arrived in a rush this week, with temperatures jumping from the 30s and 40s to the 70s and 80s without a transition in the middle.

Whenever I think of spring, the first thing I think of is tulips.

Tulips Everywhere

Perhaps the reason for that is my favorite spring community festival, Tulip Time in Pella, IA, which happens on the first weekend in May each year.

Thanks to John Morgan for the picture.

7. Yo Yo Ma plays Bach Cello Suite No.1 – Prelude
The music is amazing, as is the focus and concentration of the performer.

Watch it once with your eyes open, then listen to it once with your eyes closed. You take away completely different things.

8. Benjamin Franklin on liberty and safety
I keep this quote in mind whenever I think of any political issue.

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

So often, we trade liberty for safety as a society. Usually, it ends up being a mistake.

9. The Plan
I really enjoyed this short film about a person who puts all of their money on red on a roulette table.

10. Capablanca on luck
Chance exists. A good, lucky player is one who is most able to capitalize on that chance.

“A good player is always lucky.” – José Raúl Capablanca

Make moves in life that give you the best opportunity to capitalize on chance.

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  1. Gregor says:

    Thanks for being so kind and recommending minutes.io, really appreciate it. Glad to hear you like it!

  2. deRuiter says:

    What’s to be said? Here’s another list of other people’s writings and creativity substituted for the hard work of thinking up new material and having to write it. Both of today’s columsn were “other people’s work appropriated” or “old work rehased casually”. I’m giving this column a rest for a while, it’s too depressing. Like the author’s view on TV watching, to me watching this incredibly, simply boring rehash of others’ work and old work has finally worn me out. Len Penzo, here I come!

  3. deRuiter says:

    Hint to new readers: go and buy the useful, amusing “The Cheapskate Gazette by Amy (rhymes with “decision”, can never remember how to spell her last name, sorry!) for a huge compendium of money saving ideas, interesting bits on her thought process when looking for money saving techniques and trying them, and the occasional chuckle. You will learn a lot. I notice that this column appropriates some of Amy’s techniques and experiments without giving her credit. You might as well read the original work. Amy, by the way, produced her news letter, decided there was no more to say, ended news letter, published compendium of newsletter in three vols, and retired gracefully, a class act. She did not try to beat a dead horse to get it to carry her a few more miles, Amy had style.

  4. deRuiter says:

    OOPS! Make that “Tightwad Gazette”!

  5. Michael says:

    Well said, deRuiter. Even if Trent is writing this column just as terms of the sale (poor terms as I’ve said elsewhere), the quality of work he’s putting in tarnishes his personal brand and will diminish his ability to launch more interesting projects in the future.

    I think he knows this and it’s frustrating for him.

  6. Johanna says:

    Bye, deRuiter. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

  7. deRuiter says:

    Johanna, they have medication for people who are battling depression, the doctors might be able to help you!

  8. Susan says:

    Tulip Time in Pella Iowa. I was fortunate to experience this festival one beautiful sping while in graduate school. Thanks for reminding me of this happy memory. Inspiration, indeed.

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