Ten Pieces of Inspiration #111

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.

Over the past week, the weather here has been brutal: a small blizzard, a batch of freezing rain, a very rapid thaw, a very hard freeze, frigid wind chills, and so on.

In my efforts to improve my own photography skills, I tried taking photos of these winter events, but I found myself dissatisfied with the results, so, as I often do, I went looking for interesting examples of winter weather photography. Many of these are included below.

1. A blizzard in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Blizzard - Steamboat Springs, Colorado

When the temperature is just right, snow coats everything in this beautiful covering of whiteness, often also filling the air with what almost amounts to a haze. It looks like the world is sleeping under a thick blanket.

Thanks to Greg Younger for the picture.

2. C. S. Lewis on humility

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” – CS Lewis

When you make something, think not of yourself for completing it, but instead think of those who will benefit from it. Not only will it make the quality of your work better, it will help you to keep from falling into pride.

3. Arches under snow

Arches & Snow

The contrast between shelter and the outdoors in the winter is shocking. The shelter is often dark, while the snow is the brightest of white. The shelter is warm, while the outdoors is smothered in coldness.

Thanks to Alan Strakey for the picture.

4. Tim O’Reilly on chasing something important

“Pursue something so important that even if you fail, the world is better off with you having tried.” – Tim O’Reilly

Many of the people who shaped our modern world actually failed at their goals. It was the consequences of their effort that brought about actual change.

5. Desolation


There are moments in winter that are stark in their emptiness. The greenery has fallen away, leaving only the bare remainder.

Thanks to DWRose for the picture.

6. Blue Umbrella (Slight Return)

Blue Umbrella (Slight Return)

I love walking through snowstorms, seeing people hurrying about their business before the snow makes travel impassable. It’s one of those shared experiences that’s hard to replicate.

Thanks to Phil Dillon for the image.

7. Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach on learning and understanding

“In youth we learn; in age we understand.” – Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

I like to think of this as experience tempering knowledge into wisdom.

8. Colin Powell on why kids need structure

I think the real key to raising a successful and happy child is passion with structure. Your child is going to have passions. Find ways to channel that passion in a structured way.

9. Steinbeck on the power of sleep

“It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.” – John Steinbeck

This seems to be a recurring phenomenon in my life right now. I’ll go to sleep with a problem that’s troubling me, wake up, and find that the solution to that problem is right there in front of me.

10. Andy Puddicombe on ten mindful minutes

When was the last time you spent ten minutes doing nothing and just seeing what the world and your mind brought to you?

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