Ten Pieces of Inspiration #115

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. Gloria Steinem on looking for the right person

“Far too many people are looking for the right person, instead of trying to be the right person.” – Gloria Steinem

This is perhaps the best dating advice I’ve ever heard. If you genuinely improve yourself as a person instead of just hunting for a mate, you’re more likely to find what you’re looking for.

2. Bruce Feiler on agile programming for your family

This is a really thoughtful approach to family life.

3. Anaïs Nin on seeing the world

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anaïs Nin

Everything we think about or do is imbued by the experiences of our lifetimes, and that set of experiences is unique. Why would you ever assume that someone else would think exactly like you?

4. Petula Clark’s downbeat rendition of “Downtown”

Almost everyone in the world knows the 1964 original. This downbeat version just transforms the song. I didn’t like it at first, but it has absolutely stuck with me all week long.

5. Kofi Annan on choice

“To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.” – Kofi Annan

This quote strongly resonates with me. Every instant of our lives is filled with choice. The better we understand ourselves, the more likely we are to make better choices.

6. E. O. Wilson on the human condition

“The Human still has stone age feelings, medieval institutions and god-like technology. That’s what we have to deal with.” – Edward O. Wilson

I think the biggest challenge is the distance between our internal emotions – still pretty primitive – and the technologies we have for communicating with each other. They’re far out of whack, and people get hurt because of it.

7. The battle when winter gives way to spring

Sometimes It Snows In April

That late winter to early spring transition is just about to start. I thought I was seeing hints of it last week before the most recent snow.

Thanks to Dan Heatherly for the image.

8. George Bernard Shaw on progress and the unreasonable man

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” – George Bernard Shaw

It’s the people who demand that the world change to meet their needs without changing themselves that hinder progress.

9. Kronos Quartet – Lux Aeterna

This is an incredibly haunting and powerful string quartet piece.

10. Kurt Lewin on understanding and change

“If you want to truly understand something, try to change it.” – Kurt Lewin

If you want to truly understand yourself, try to change yourself.

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