Ten Pieces of Inspiration #73

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. Dr. Seuss on dealing with loss
I needed to hear this.

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

2. A World War I canteen
I love looking at old photographs and seeing how the world has changed – and how, in a lot of ways, it really hasn’t.

Well advertised!

Sure, things look old fashioned here, but are they really that different?

3. Nietzsche on marriage
The best move I ever made is to choose to date my best friend instead of the person I was romantically entangled with at the time.

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Sarah is my best friend. If that weren’t true, marriage would be pretty difficult. My best piece of advice for people out there looking for love is to look at your best friends.

4. Eleanor Roosevelt on planning and wishing
If you want something, stop dreaming about it and start figuring out how to make it happen.

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Sitting around dreaming just eats up time you could be using to head toward your dreams.

5. Thieves of the New York Stock Exchange
Every once in a while, I see something that sends me down a long road of reading and research and discovery. This photograph did that recently.

[New York Bank Note Co. notice] (LOC)

Apparently, there was a long running feud between this George Kendall and the New York Stock Exchange in which the stock exchange would not allow stocks to be listed or traded if they were engraved by Kendall’s company. It sounds like a personal disagreement that just snowballed into something ridiculous. It’s fascinating to see the lengths people go to for their personal disagreements.

6. Roger Maris on the value of preparation
Virtually every time, the person who comes out on top is the person who prepared well. Time invested is just a part of that.

“You win not by chance, but by preparation.” – Roger Maris

If you want to get better at something, do it, then look for the things you did wrong. Work on fixing those details, then do it again, then look for the things you did wrong. It’s a never-ending loop.

7. Ben Weissenstein on starting out
There is no business, no project, no anything that has always existed. Every human structure started from nothing.

“Everything started as nothing.” – Ben Weissenstein

Whenever you’re thinking of starting, remember that every big thing started from nothing. All of the greatest human endeavors started in the same exact place.

8. A speech from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
This film embodies everything I wish American government would be. If you really want a better country, you’ve got to put aside the partisanship and the desperate desire to be the “winner” and solve the problems facing our country.

I really needed to see this again this week.

9. Bertrand Russell on being certain about something
I find that the more I learn and the more I experience, the more sides I see to everything. There are very few hard and fast rules about how people and things must be.

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.” – Bertrand Russell

The older I get and the more I read, the less certain I am about anything.

10. Violin performance on the street
The entire performance was created on the fly with an electric violin and some equipment.

I’ve heard some amazing street performers before. This is just impressive.

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