Ten Pieces of Inspiration #92

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. Ernest Hemingway on life breaking you
We all face rejection and disappointment at some point in our lives. What makes us powerful is how we heal from those things.

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway

2. Sand dunes
I love the beauty of the desert, both the deep desert (as shown here) and the scrublands (as seen below).

Virgin Dune

I so love the beauty of a drifting sand dune. Thanks to Hamed Saber for the image.

3. Oscar Wilde on experience and mistakes
If you don’t fail, you don’t learn anything.

“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” – Oscar Wilde

A great life is made up of a mix of successes and failures. The failures fuel the successes.

4. Shadow patterns on drifting sand
I’ve been to this type of desert in rural Arizona. There’s something starkly beautiful about it.

Shadow patterns on drifting sand dunes before sunset on Morro Strand State Beach, Morro Bay, CA. Also characteristic of Montana de Oro area to the south.

Thanks to Mike Baird for the image.

5. E.B. White on improvement and enjoyment
A great day for me is when I can do both of these things.

“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” – E.B. White

I’d also throw in a desire to improve myself.

6. Abraham Lincoln on preparation
The proper preparation makes any job easier. If you just start without a plan and without the right tools, you’ll waste your time.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln

7. The Elements Song by Tom Lehrer
After posting “The Major-General’s Song” from Pirates of Penzance several weeks ago, several readers sent this song my way.

Very charming, and it appeals to my science geekiness.

8. Aldous Huxley on facts
Sticking your fingers in your ears never solved any problems.

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” – Aldous Huxley

9. Ice skating
One of the best things about winter is ice skating. I’m not a particularly good ice skater, but I love watching my two oldest children out there on the ice, drifting along as smooth as silk, their nimble bodies moving so easily and freely.

Ice skating near Klamath Falls, Oregon

I very much like to think of their ancestors doing the same thing, going back to their roots in a handful of small villages scattered throughout Europe.

10. G. K. Chesterton on blazing your own path
If you want to bring about change in the world, you must recognize that if you want that change to be lasting, you need to be normal in many respects. Without that normalcy, others won’t see the change as being possible.

“A man must be orthodox upon most things, or he will never even have time to preach his own heresy.” – G. K. Chesterton

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