Ten Pieces of Inspiration #94

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. Voltaire on being right
I love thought-provoking statements that can be interpreted very differently by different people.

“It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong.” -Voltaire

This is certainly one of them.

2. Leave
Sometimes we hold on to places and things when we’d be better off letting go.


Many thanks to Uwe Hermann for this memorable and striking picture.

3. Kurt Vonnegut on America’s libraries
I always feel happy and at peace at the library. It’s a place that’s safe and it’s a place that’s devoted to learning.

“The America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.” – Kurt Vonnegut

4. A well-lit library at dusk
Few things draw me in like a library at dusk, particularly on a chilly night. I know it will be warm in there, there will be countless books in there, and there will be people in there who love to read.

Library at Dusk

Many thanks to Aaron Tait for the image.

5. Antoine de Saint-Expuery on investing time
We all invest our time in different ways. Often, it results in being proud of different things.

“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

6. Johnny Unitas on conceit and confidence
I want to be around confident people. Conceited people? I’d rather not.

“Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done.” – Johnny Unitas

7. Diamonds Are Forever
I absolutely love Skyfall, the new Bond theme sung by Adele. A big reason why is it harkens back to the great themes by Shirley Bassey from the 1960s and 1970s. This is a great example.

8. Steve Jobs on work
The best work is work that absorbs you completely and leaves you feeling, at the end, as if you’ve created something worthwhile. On a good day, writing does that for me.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs

9. Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu by John Updike
This is one of the best pieces of writing about baseball that I’ve ever read. It wonderfully expresses a connection between a city and a team, a fan and a player, a parent and a child.

10. F. Scott Fitzgerald on opportunity
A great life is one where you attempt to find as much opportunity as possible.

“Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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