Ten Pieces of Inspiration #72

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. Emerson on the experiment of life
If you never try anything new, you’ll never find out if you’ll enjoy it.

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every day, try something new. You’ll be glad you did.

2. Rory Sutherland on how perspective is everything
What’s good for one person is bad for another. The difference is perspective.

Whenever I think about the abundance of good things in my life, I know that the bad things are tiny in comparison.

3. Abraham Lincoln on failure
Everyone fails. It’s what happens next that matters.

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. – Abraham Lincoln

I’m not happy with failing at something. It is one of the biggest things that drives me.

4. Devil’s Tower
On our upcoming South Dakota trip, we plan on taking a sojourn into Wyoming to look at one of the most beautiful rock formations in the world.

Devil's Tower Wyoming as in close encounters of the third kind

Our world is an amazing place. Thanks to Tim Pearce for the picture.

5. Aesop on true poverty
You can have all of the riches in the world, but they don’t matter if you’re not at peace.

A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety. – Aesop

I’d rather eat a simple meal with minimal worry in my life than a great meal in the face of great stress.

6. Thirst
I really enjoyed this short film.

Everything is different when you’re on the other end of the bargain.

7. Benjamin Franklin on expensive hobbies
If you have a hobby that requires steady consumption, it’s going to be a danger to your wallet and perhaps to your freedom.

Beware the hobby that eats. – Benjamin Franklin

The best hobbies are the ones that don’t require constant purchases.

8. Morning fog
I woke up to an impressive display of morning fog the other day. It transformed the ordinary into the surreal.

Morning fog

This wonderful picture by Meneer Zjeroen achieves the same effect, turning an ordinary farm into something shrouded in mystery.

9. John Burroughs on boredom
The idea of boredom just astounds me.

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. – John Burroughs

There is not nearly enough time for all of the things I want to do. Boredom? What’s that?

10. Sabotage
This is a little bit outside my usual musical wheelhouse, but the recent passing of Adam “MCA” Yauch of The Beastie Boys from cancer made me reflect a little bit on life. Adam was popularly known as a musician, but he was also a father and he used what fame he had to try to make the world a better place, organizing the Tibetian Freedom Concerts. There are also countless stories out there of Adam encouraging and supporting others in artistic careers, both financially and otherwise. (Note: the video has just a slight bit of adult language.)

I hope that wherever you’re at, Adam, you’re having as much fun as this video seems to be.

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