Ten Pieces of Inspiration #80

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.

This week, I’m going to include some of my favorite photos and locations from my recent trip to South Dakota.

1. Buffalo in Custer State Park
One of the highlights of the trip for me was seeing a herd of buffalo (about 1,000 head in total) wandering across Custer State Park.

Buffalo in Custer State Park

At one point, the herd actually moved across the road in front of us, forcing us to stop for a significant part of an hour and watch them pass. They completely surrounded our car for a few minutes.

2. Joan Rivers on things getting better
This is just wonderfully stated.

“I wish I could tell you it gets better, but it doesn’t get better. You get better.” — Joan Rivers

Challenges are going to remain challenging. They’re not going to get easier. The thing that’s going to change is you.

3. Emerson on happiness
There is never anything bad about putting forth extra effort to be kind and happy towards others.

“Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emmerson

Make the effort to smile at others. Greet them. You’ll be amazed at how easily it makes you naturally feel better.

4. Mount Rushmore
We took more than a hundred shots of Mount Rushmore. It just attracts the lens.

Mount Rushmore

In fact, the entire park near Mount Rushmore seems designed to give you lots and lots and lots of different viewing angles on the mountain. It really is a beautiful monument.

5. Haruki Murakami on questions
Murakami is an excellent novelist who has written some of my favorite novels, including The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore.

“Asking questions is embarrassing for a moment, but not asking’s embarrassing for a lifetime.” — Haruki Murakami

Never, ever feel bad about asking a question. There is no such thing as a dumb question if it comes from a genuine desire to understand.

6. Rock layers in the Badlands
I took a bunch of shots on the Badlands scenic loop, which I considered to be the most visually stunning thing I saw on the entire trip. Much like the Grand Canyon, pictures don’t capture it very well or do it justice.

Rock Layers in the Badlands

One of the most interesting things (to me) was the rock layers, which I felt this picture captured pretty well. It’s like seeing millions of years of natural history at once.

7. E. O. Wilson’s advice to young scientists
If you know anyone who is passionate about science and is considering a career in it, please share this with them.

The world needs good scientists, now more than ever.

8. Eisenhower on leadership
I’ve found that every good leader I’ve ever been around manages to do both of these things, and every bad leader usually fails at one or the other.

“Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility of everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

9. Overview of Rapid City
I love hilltop or mountaintop overviews of long distances. Cities, nature, everything.

Overview of Rapid City

As Rapid City, South Dakota is on the eastern edge of the Black Hills, there are several wonderful spots to get overviews of the city with the rolling Black Hills in the background.

10. Mark Amend on wisdom and courage
You need both wisdom and courage to succeed in life.

“Wisdom is learning to let go when you want to hang on. Courage is learning to hang on when you want to let go.” – Mark Amend

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