Ten Pieces of Inspiration #125

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. Samuel Johnson on habits

“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” – Samuel Johnson

I wouldn’t quite call them unbreakable, but they can become incredibly strong.

2. Angela Lee Duckworth on the key to success

If you aren’t adept at overcoming the small difficulties, you’re going to struggle deeply with overcoming the big ones.

3. Tao te Ching on what we give each other

“What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher? What is a bad man but a good man’s job? If you don’t understand this, you will get lost, no matter how clever you are. It is the great secret.” – Tao Te Ching

In the end, we are all in service to each other.

4. Children at play

Unidentified children playing with make-up at George Brunette's school of art: Jacksonville, Florida

I couldn’t help but see my daughter and youngest son in this picture.

Thanks to the State Library and Archives of Florida for this image.

5. Kurt Vonnegut on little things

“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realize they were big things.” – Kurt Vonnegut

I hear this quote and I think about rocking my children to sleep when they were infants.

6. Ayrton Senna on idols

“I have no idols. I admire work, dedication and competence.” – Ayrton Senna

Those traits are ones worth admiring.

7. Tulips

Tulip Era in the Ottoman Empire...

Our tulips have started blooming. I took several pictures, but none quite as good as this wonderful image by Kivanç Nis.

8. Emerson on superiors

“In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

What do you learn from the people you meet?

9. More tulips


Another great view of tulips in bloom, this one by Alexandre Dulaunoy.

10. J. D. Salinger on reverse paranoia

“I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.” — J. D. Salinger

It’s an interesting take on human interaction.

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