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. Chief Red Eagle on anger and love
I think this quote summarizes wonderfully the difference between love and anger.
“Angry people want you to see how powerful they are. Loving people want you to see how powerful you are.” – Chief Red Eagle
Usually, people who feel threatened in some way react with anger. It’s worth keeping that in mind.
2. Albert Einstein on goals and happiness
There’s a lot of value in what he says here, although I don’t fully agree with it.
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” – Albert Einstein
A good life has goals, yes, but it also has people and things that you love and care about. Achieving a goal is a wonderful thing, but having great people in your life is also powerful.
3. Jonathan Fields on turning fear into fuel
This is a great talk about using your fears to improve yourself.
I’ve found that most of the profound things in my life have come about at least in part as a result of overcoming some fear of mine.
4. Zora Neale Hurston on hope
We all look to the future with great hope in our eyes.
“Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.” – Zora Neale Hurston
The trick is to not get blinded by that vision of hope.
5. 1848 map of the United States
Whenever I get a sense in my head that things are steady and unchanging, all I need to do is look at an old map. This is what the United States looked like about 150 years ago. Shortly after this map was drawn, the United States split itself in half for a while. It reformed and grew again.
Things are always changing. The seeds of a much different tomorrow are being planted right now.
6. Milan Kundera on hidden goals
We often don’t know what the view from the mountaintop will be while we’re climbing it. Sometimes, the view isn’t what we hoped it to be.
“The goals we pursue are always veiled. A girl who longs for marriage longs for something she knows nothing about. The boy who hankers after fame has no idea what fame is. The thing that gives our every move its meaning is always totally unknown to us.” —Milan Kundera
The best journey is the one where the enjoyment comes from getting there.
While the human world may change rapidly, some elements of the natural world scarcely change at all.
Yellowstone is as breathtaking now as it was then. It’s a wonder we can share with our ancestors and our descendents.
8. Napoleon on mistakes
I try to hold to this when we’re playing board games or card games.
“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
So often, you win by scooping up the mistakes other players make. The trick is to do it politely.
9. (Just Like) Starting Over by John Lennon
This is easily my favorite solo song by John Lennon.
I like this video, too, because of the visual of the spinning vinyl record.
10. Plato on why you should pay attention to politics
Politics can be very frustrating. It can make you feel sick to your stomach at times. It can make you very upset at other times. Still, we lose as a people when we take our eye off the ball.
“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” – Plato
Every day, you should strive to deeply understand what it is you believe and stand for and how you can connect that to the people involved in public policy.