Ten Pieces of Inspiration #179

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. Thomas Fuller on the differences between people

“The real difference between men is energy. A strong will, a settled purpose, an invincible determination, can accomplish almost anything; and in this lies the distinction between great men and little men.” — Thomas Fuller

If you set a goal and really work for it, you’re already far ahead of the curve.

2. Andrew Solomon on the worst times of our lives

Often, those low moments help define who we are.

3. Buddha on truth

“There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth. Not going all the way and not starting.” – Buddha

If you set a goal with reasonable milestones (and are willing to rework that goal if it turns out your milestones aren’t really reasonable), the only real reason for failure is you.

4. any.do

I generally don’t like to use to-do list managers unless they have a web-based version. Many, many readers have recommended this one to me, but I haven’t tried it until very recently because it didn’t have a web-based version.

Now it does. I tried it. It’s amazing. In fact, if you’ve never tried one, this would probably be my recommendation.

5. Carl Sagan on imagination

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.” – Carl Sagan

Daydreams present possible futures. Without those visions, we wouldn’t be able to create audacious and life-changing goals for ourselves, even if most of our daydreams are unrealistic and useless.

6. Jimmy Dean on riding the wind

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean

You have to play with the hand life deals you.

7. Ages and Ages Tiny Desk Concert

I can’t get the first song here out of my head (the video’s about fifteen minutes long with three songs).

8. Dali on perfection

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dali

I’ve been thinking of this quote a lot lately.

9. The Silk Road Ensemble – Arabian Waltz

The cello mixed with the percussion is fantastic.

10. Richard Nixon on defeat

“A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.” – Richard Nixon

You are only finished when you choose to give up.

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