Ten Pieces of Inspiration #89

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. Neil Armstrong
Rest in peace.

“I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer, born under the second law of thermodynamics, steeped in steam tables, in love with free-body diagrams, transformed by Laplace and propelled by compressible flow.” —Neil Armstrong

We need more scientists and engineers as heroes, desperately.

2. Egypt: Gizeh in 1900
I would have loved to visit the ruins of ancient Egypt before the age where archaeologists and adventurers and rogues excavated, reconstructed, and in some cases pillaged everything.

Egypt: Gizeh

This just looks like an amazing adventure to me. Thanks to the Brooklyn Museum for this amazing picture.

3. Edmund Burke on good and evil
What I love about quotes like this is how different people will hear it and take different actions in response.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

In order to label things as good and evil, you need to really understand what good and evil are. They’re harder to define than you think.

4. Lift
I usually don’t feature smartphone apps here, but this is just an impressive tool for helping you establish good habits. I’ve been using this like crazy the last couple of days and I can easily see how it can beocome a lasting thing.

All you do is make a list of the daily (or weekly or thrice-weekly or whatever) habits you’re trying to establish. You simply check a little box when you accomplish that task during the day.

There’s a social component in that you can see others working on similar goals, but you can turn it off or use a pseudonym if you want more privacy.

It’s just a simple, effective tool that does exactly what I want it to do. Bravo.

5. Kevin Knudson on being a teacher
This is a very useful thing to keep in mind at all times.

“Not every teacher is a role model, but every role model is a teacher.” – Kevin Knudsen

Even more important: never forget that everyone is always learning.

6. Autumn begins
We’re at that point in the year where the weather is a bit confused. Some mornings, there is a strong hint of autumn in the air, but other days, the afternoon still holds the heat of summer.


Thanks to Moyan Brenn for this wonderful photo, which is currently part of my desktop wallpaper.

7. Robert Collier on holding on to what you have
Nothing last forever. You should enjoy it while it lasts, then pay it forward into the next thing.

“You cannot hold on to anything good. You must be continually giving – and getting. You cannot hold on to your seed. You must sow it – and reap anew. You cannot hold on to riches. You must use them and get other riches in return.” – Robert Collier

I really enjoy my children’s youth right now, but I know it won’t last forever. So, I’m enjoying it now, but preparing them for the life ahead.

8. “You Got It” by Roy Orbison
I love this song.

Roy Orbison has the most wonderful male singing voice I’ve ever heard.

9. Voltaire on questions
A man asking lots of questions is thinking more than a man who has nothing but answers.

“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” – Voltaire

There is no such thing as a dumb question.

10. “When You’re Smiling” by Louis Prima
Wonderfully catchy and upbeat. Prima was one of the best musicians and bandleaders of the 20th century.

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