Ten Pieces of Inspiration #148

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. Ashley Montagu on dying young

“The idea is to die young as late as possible.” – Ashley Montagu

This seems like a good plan for life.

2. Joshua Foer on memory feats for anyone

Having a good memory is more about knowing how to memorize things than anything else. If you have a good method, storing info in your mind is much easier.

3. Viggo Mortensen on boredom

“There’s no excuse to be bored. Sad, yes. Angry, yes. Depressed, yes. Crazy, yes. But there’s no excuse for boredom, ever.” – Viggo Mortensen

I used to be bored, when I was a teenager. I can’t imagine being bored any more. There are too many things I wish I had time to spend on to ever possibly be bored ever again.

4. Autumn springs forth


This past week has truly felt like the first week of fall. We went suddenly from warm weather to cooler temperatures and the leaves are just starting to turn, as captured in this wonderful photograph by Moyan Brenn.

5. Earl Nightingale on thought

“We become what we think about.” – Earl Nightingale

This is true, but that’s because the things we think about most push us into action.

6. John F. Kennedy on failure

“Victory has a hundred fathers, but failure is an orphan.” – John F. Kennedy

He said this after the failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion. No one wants to step up to the plate and claim failure.

7. Apple cider

Apple Cider

To me, nothing really captures the taste of fall like apple cider, whether hard or not. The taste of it, swizzled with a cinnamon stick, is just about perfect. Eduardo Mueses captures the earthiness of a tapped keg of cider here.

8. Sycamore on the value of meeting others

“If you visit many places, you might see animals with many ways of living and meet people with many ways of thinking. First, accept the ways of living and thinking that sometimes conflict with your own and think about what’s really important, this will truly broaden your horizons.” – Sycamore

This is a spectacular principle to live by.

9. Frank Sinatra – September of My Years

Great song, great performance.

10. Daniel Goleman on getting ahead

“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” – Daniel Goleman

If you don’t have these things under control, how will you ever succeed?

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