Ten Pieces of Inspiration #138

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. Emerson on gratitude

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The good things in your life are the result of countless people, places, and things. Be glad that the world has given you so much abundance.

2. Dave Meslin on the antidote to apathy

This talk particularly applies to getting involved in the community, but the core ideas are broadly applicable to a lot of things.

3. Thoreau on ups and downs

“One must maintain a little bittle of summer, even in the middle of winter.” – Henry David Thoreau

Even in our lowest moments, it never hurts to let a little sunshine in.

4. Daniel Cohen on why we argue

Arguing to win is usually a net loss.

5. Blaise Pascal on happiness

“All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views.” – Blaise Pascal

The best solutions provide the most people with happiness.

6. Seth Godin on vacation

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” – Seth Godin

Every moment you spend wishing you had a different life is a moment you didn’t spend actually building that different life.

7. Lava fields of Wizard Island

Lava fields of Wizard Island

There’s something about this landscape that sticks in my mind.

Thanks to Oregon State University for the image.

8. Dale Carnegie on conversation

“Talk to someone about themselves and they’ll listen for hours.” – Dale Carnegie

This is the single best conversation advice I’ve ever heard.

9. An amazing contraption

What an amazing contraption!

The period when horse and buggies were slowly giving way to the automobile is fascinating to me. So many early cars simply look like a horse and buggy without a horse.

Thanks to the National Library of Ireland for the image.

10. Gabriel García Márquez on money

“No, not rich. I am a poor man with money, which is not the same thing.” – Gabriel García Márquez

That’s how I feel on my good days.

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