Ten Pieces of Inspiration #121

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. Seneca on wanting more

“It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.” -Seneca

If you can keep your cravings under control, success is much easier to find.

2. “The Weight” by The Band

This was performed at their “Last Waltz” concert in 1976. It has always been one of my favorite songs. It strongly evokes a certain very happy period in my life.

3. F. Scott Fitzgerald on the journey

“It was always the becoming he dreamed of, never the being.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

This can be interpreted a lot of ways. Is it good to dream of the journey instead of the destination, or is it dangerous to constantly yearn for change and upheaval?

4. A child headed to the beach

Young child in swimming costume with bucket and spade

Remove the swimming cap and this could easily be my youngest child. The more things change, the more some things stay the same.

Thanks to the State Library of Queensland for this image.

5. Epicurius on enough

“Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.” – Epicurus

If you can’t control your desires, you’ll never be satisfied.

6. Salman Khan on the problems of the world

“The world’s problems can be solved faster if we increase the number of people capable of solving them.” – Salman Khan

The single area that I feel is most underfunded in the United States is education. How can we expect to have the problems in life solved if we don’t strongly educate our children?

7. Sopwith Camel

Sopwith, Camel F.1

My two oldest children are really interested in how “weird” airplanes and cars looked a hundred years ago. The Sopwith Camel depicted here is a familiar example, as it’s the plane Snoopy claims to fly in the Peanuts comic strips.

Thanks to the San Diego Air and Space Museum for the image.

8. Socrates on contentment

“He is richest who is content with the least, for contentment is the wealth of nature.” – Socrates

It feels good to be happy with what you have.

9. Sufjan Stevens performing “Chicago

I absolutely love how this song gradually adds a variety of instruments and just grows and grows.

10. Betsy Brown on parenting

“Be the person you want your child to be.” – Betsy Brown

I try to live by this statement.

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