Ten Pieces of Inspiration #95

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 helped my children collect pictures of rain for a school art project related to the ongoing drought here in Iowa. Several of the pictures were so beautiful, I saved them for my own future use, and I’m sharing four of them here.

Coincidentally, as I was finishing up this post, we began to have our first significant rainfall in months.

1. Kierkegaard on looking forward
The past isn’t something that’s worth dwelling on, but it is something worth learning from.

“Life must be lived forwards, but can only be understood backwards.” – Søren Kierkegaard

2. Drops on bright orange flower
I love discovering fresh raindrops on leaves and petals after a rain storm.

Drops On Bright Orange Flower

Thanks to A Guy Taking Pictures for this image.

3. von Goethe on character
I don’t trust people who only seem to interact with those that they believe they can gain something from. It’s easy to tell this if you pay attention.

“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

4. It’s raining
Part of what is so beautiful about the rain is that it gives life to the natural world. The grass and trees and vegetation all perk up, as do the animals and insects.

Its raining

Thanks to Louise Docker for the image.

5. Theodore Roosevelt on maximizing the current situation
Dreaming wistfully about a better situation will never make that situation happen. You need to look critically at where you’re at right now and seek to improve it.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

6. Howard Newton on tact
I wish political discussions would include a healthy dose of this kind of tact.

“Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.” – Howard Newton

7. Red Umbrella
I love walking in the rain with an umbrella in my hand. The smell of fresh rain, the sounds of the raindrops hitting the cloth, the sight of little splashes of water all around – it adds up to something special.

Red Umbrella

Thanks to Jonathan Kos-Read for the photo!

8. Ira Glass on inspiration
There are very few great successes in life that aren’t built on a foundation of lots of little failures. Sometimes, you have to wait patiently for the right mix of things to come along.

“You want to get hit by lightning, so you have to wander around for a long time in the rain.” – Ira Glass

9. The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain
There are few things more majestic and powerful than a raincloud advancing on you, so full of rain that it’s ready to burst. You can feel it in the air.

The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.

Thanks to Kris Bradley for the photo!

10. Rainer Maria Rilke on life’s progress
Life is going to defeat you sometimes. The question is, are you able to stand up, come back to the fight, and win, then head on to the next battle?

“The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

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