Ten Pieces of Inspiration #112

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.

I love looking at peoples’ bookshelves. It often opens the door to a great connection with someone. Today, I’m sharing some of those glimpses from people who have made share-able photos of their shelves.

1. David Goehring’s bookshelf

is a wonderful book, and freely available, too. Bellow, Updike… this person loves literary fiction.

2. Pericles on politics

“Just because you don’t take an interest in politics, doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” – Pericles

The actions of politicians might seem far-removed from your everyday life, but so many of the results of the actions of politicians have an enormous impact on us. Politics might seem boring, but it splices into our life over and over again.

3. Johannes Gilger’s shelves

This person loves T. C. Boyle and Michael Connelly. I’ve read nearly everything by T. C. Boyle over the years.

4. Lao Tzu on traveling

“A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

My favorite kind of trip is one where you get in the car and drive and then figure out what to do when you arrive somewhere beautiful or interesting.

5. Dennis Matheson’s bookshelf

This person is a programmer whose work pushes him from language to language to solve the problems he’s faced with.

6. John Wooden on the details

“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” – John Wooden

I’ve also found that if you get lots of details right, the “big thing” just kind of springs into existence with a life of its own.

7. Bree Bailey’s bookshelf

The intermingling of the books with the family photograph – the diversity of ideas in that handful of written works – likely means I’d feel right at home with this person.

8. Abraham Maslow on failure

“We fear our highest possibilities. We are generally afraid to become that which we can glimpse in our most perfect moments, under conditions of great courage. We enjoy and even thrill to godlike possibilities we see in ourselves in such peak moments. And yet we simultaneously shiver with weakness, awe, and fear before these very same possibilities.” – Abraham Maslow

We fear the events that create our greatest moments.

9. Tony Unruh’s bookshelf

The diversity of fiction and nonfiction, along with the toy, opens many doors to conversation.

10. Socrates on reading

“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.” – Socrates

That’s a brilliant statement of the value of reading for self-improvement.

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