Inspirational Living: Life Lessons for Success & Happiness
Inspirational Life Lessons | Dr. Frank Crane

Inspirational Life Lessons | Dr. Frank Crane

November 21, 2019

Listen to episode 425 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Inspirational Life Lessons | Dr. Frank Crane. Adapted from “If I Were Twenty-One” by Dr. Frank Crane.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Learn the art of conversation, of small talk. Equip yourself to be able to entertain the grouchiest, most blasé people. For there is hardly a business in the world in which it is not a great advantage to be able to converse entertainingly. The secret of being a good conversationalist is a genuine, unselfish interest in others. That and practice. It consists more in making the other person talk, than in talking yourself.

In addition, do not argue. I never knew one person in my life that was convinced by argument. Discuss, yes; but not argue. The difference is this: in discussion you are searching for the truth, and in argument you want to prove that you are right. In discussion, therefore, you are anxious to know your neighbor’s views, and you listen to them. In argument, you don’t care anything about the other person’s opinions, you want them to hear yours; hence, while they are talking, you are simply thinking over what you are going to say as soon as you get a chance.

Finding Success on the Hunt for Happiness

Finding Success on the Hunt for Happiness

November 19, 2019

Listen to episode 424 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Finding Success on the Hunt for Happiness. Edited and adapted from The Joys of Living by Orison Swett Marden.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Happiness, it has been said, is a mosaic composed of little stones. Each taken singly is of little value; but when all are grouped together, combined and set, they form a pleasing and graceful whole — a costly jewel.

Remember that wherever you go for happiness, you will only find what you take with you yourself. Your happiness can never be outside of yourself, and it must be bounded by your own limitations. Your ability to appreciate and enjoy will mark the bounds of your happiness. "We shall find nothing in the world which we do not find in ourselves."

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The Importance of Self-Education | Forbes Magazine

The Importance of Self-Education | Forbes Magazine

November 14, 2019

Listen to episode 423 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Importance of Self-Education | Forbes Magazine. Edited and adapted from Keys to Success by B.C. Forbes.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast, brought to you by the kind financial support of listeners like you. To become our patron for as little as a dollar a month, please visit LivingHour.org/patron. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Keys to Success by B.C. Forbes, published in 1918.

Education is not merely “a” key to success. It could almost be called “the” key to success. No uneducated, uncultured person is really successful — for true success consists less of money than of mentality; it is an inward thing, not an outward one.

Education is both a means to an end and an end in itself. Without education, no man or woman can reach the highest pinnacle of success. But education does not consist of merely of school learning. Education comprises the sum total of what we know. It comes, or should come, from our daily experiences in life. Education is observation rather than perspiration.

Books form the groundwork of education. Without well-directed, diligent reading, few people can hope to become really educated or successful. But not all wisdom is contained between the covers of books. We can learn daily from all sorts of men, women, and children — from what we see going on around us, from what we hear.

Self-education can become one of the most enjoyable habits, and certainly it is of all habits the most profitable. Education — knowledge — means power. It begets ability, and ability means advancement.

How Thought & Action Will Drive Your Success

How Thought & Action Will Drive Your Success

November 12, 2019

Listen to episode 422 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Combining Thought & Action for Lasting Success. Edited and adapted from Keys to Success by B.C. Forbes.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: The Empire State Building was once only a thought. Thousands of years ago an Egyptian king had a thought, and lo! every generation since then has gazed on its fulfillment — the Pyramids.

Thought is the parent of progress. Thought creates all. Everything springs from thought. Human beings are distinguished from other animals by this one power: the power of thought. The immortals of this world are they who thought deeper or more brilliantly than their fellow citizens.

Henry Ford once said: “My advice to business people is to read a lot, think a lot, and work a lot. I started that way. I kept on thinking and I am still thinking. The habit of analysis, the ability to get under the surface of things and at the vital essentials, gives you a tremendous advantage over those of your competitors who do not do likewise.”

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How to Make a Life Worth Living | Motivational

How to Make a Life Worth Living | Motivational

November 7, 2019

Listen to episode 421 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Make a Life Worth Living | Motivational. Edited and adapted from A Man Worthwhile by John Phillips Meakin.

Motivational Podcast Transcript: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Get the best of our podcast in heirloom hardcover or digital e-book by visiting InspirationalLifeLessons.com. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from A Man Worthwhile by John Phillips Meakin, published in 1913.

The all-important question for everyone to ask of themselves if they have the slightest spark of intellectual ambition in them is, “How may I become a true individual?” Then another question will well up from the soul, namely: “What can I do to make life worth the living?” The answer will be: Look to the light, be true to your inner self, and have the faith of the poet who said: —

“Better to strive and climb

And never reach the goal,

Than to drift along with time

An aimless, worthless soul.

Aye, better to climb and fall,

Or sow, though the yield be small,

Than to throw away, day after day,

And never strive at all.”

How to Grow Rich in Wisdom, Love & Happiness

How to Grow Rich in Wisdom, Love & Happiness

November 5, 2019

Listen to episode 420 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Becoming Rich in Wisdom, Love & Happiness. Edited and adapted from A Man Worthwhile by John Phillips Meakin.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Ralph Waldo Emerson was rich in wisdom, love, and happiness, and he made others rich with the same kind of wealth. He lived to a ripe old age and passed peacefully into the shadow. The world is better, happier, wiser, and richer for his having lived. He was a successful man. He sought not for glory. It came to him unsought, and his name grows greater and brighter with the passing years.

Success in life does not only mean the winning of some great prize: it ought to mean the attainment of that physical and intellectual condition in the individual where all the various strings which make up the harp of life respond in fullest measure to the infinite vibrations of a throbbing, pulsing world.

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Be Pleasant & Live for a Great Goal | Inspirational Advice

Be Pleasant & Live for a Great Goal | Inspirational Advice

October 31, 2019

Listen to episode 419 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Be Pleasant & Live for a Great Goal. Edited and adapted from Think (a Book for Today) by William Crosbie Hunter.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Be pleasant to live with and you will have more pleasant things to live for. There will be kindnesses, kisses, beauty, health, peace, fun, happiness, and contentment coming your way all along the great big road of life you are traveling.

Be pleasant to live with and the people will turn to you as you pass, and reflect your cheerfulness like the sunflowers turn to face the sun.

Be pleasant. Don't be cross and crabbed because someone else in your household is not pleasant. Do your part. You will likely thereby cure the frown habit on the face of the unfortunate disturber of your peace.

Make yourself right before you criticize your life partner. And it all begins by answering this question: "Am I pleasant to live with?"

Don't fool yourself in the matter. Get right down to brass tacks with yourself. Watch your moves, acts, and attitude for ten days carefully before answering the question.

Learn to Say No & The Secret of Aging Well

Learn to Say No & The Secret of Aging Well

October 29, 2019

Listen to episode 418 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Learn How to Say No & Working Until the End. Edited and adapted from Dollars & Sense by William Crosbie Hunter.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Since the age of ten years I’ve been thrust upon my own resources, and the 32 years since then have been years of study, work, and play — all blended into a happy life.

The jolts, the set-backs, the sorrows, worries, and discouragements are the things which made me strong. They were but experiences.

Smooth sailing doesn't bring out the stuff one is made of. It takes shadows to make sunlight appreciated. It takes reverses to make success. It takes hard knocks to polish you. And one of the most important things to learn early is to learn to say No.

Look over the history of the thousands who have failed in business, and you will find in nearly every instance the failure was due to an inability to say No.

The Importance of Perseverance & Punctuality

The Importance of Perseverance & Punctuality

October 24, 2019

Listen to episode 417 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Importance of Perseverance & Punctuality. Edited and adapted from Right Living by Susan H. Wixon.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Get the best of our podcast in book form by visiting InspirationalLifeLessons.com. There you’ll find our trilogy of essay compilations: Evergreen: 50 Inspirational Life Lessons, Everest: 50 Motivational Life Lessons, and Evermore: 50 Life Lessons for Spiritual Growth. Learn more at: InspiriationalLifeLessons.com. Thank you.

Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Right Living by Susan H. Wixon, published in 1894.

The accomplishment of goals, the successes in life, are due to concentration of effort — to energy and perseverance. We see persons plodding along day after day, not showing much for their work at first, but then finally astonishing everyone by their acquirements and prosperity.

"They have genius!" it is said. But what is genius? The French scientist George Buffon famously said "genius is only patience." But it is more than that. Genius is work. It is the power to start work with an object in view; to never let that object out of sight; to keep straight on, no matter what stumbling blocks are in the path. It is keeping steady at one job till the work is complete. It is not being discouraged.

Living the Golden Rule | The Way of Love & Forgiveness

Living the Golden Rule | The Way of Love & Forgiveness

October 22, 2019

Listen to episode 416 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Living the Golden Rule | The Way of Love. Edited and adapted from Love’s Way by Orison Swett Marden.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Love’s Way by Orison Swett Marden, published in 1918.

After an ugly scar had been made by a stone quarry in the mountainside opposite John Ruskin's home, destroying the beauty of his favorite landscape, he placed a big chair in front of the window of his study, so that it would conceal the scar from him while working, because it disturbed the harmony of his thought.

If you have received an ugly scar from someone perhaps whom you trusted and believed in; if you have a sore spot, a tender spot anywhere that mars your happiness, don't aggravate your pain by looking at it, keeping the sore open by reviewing a painful experience or cherishing a grudge against the one who injured you. Cover your wound with the mantle of love instead, forgive and forget the injury, and your wound will soon heal.

If you would be truly happy "bless where others curse; love where others hate; forget where others condemn."

Developing a Strong Personality & Perfect Poise

Developing a Strong Personality & Perfect Poise

October 17, 2019

Listen to episode 415 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Developing a Strong Personality & Perfect Poise. Edited and adapted from How to Develop Your Personality by Clare Tree Major.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you would like to help support our podcast you can do so easily by simply leaving us a positive review at the iTunes store. Or if you would like to make a one-time financial donation, go to LivingHour.org/donate. Thank you.

WHAT is "personality"? Webster interprets the meaning of the word as "individuality," but like many words that assume added meanings through common usage, personality also has acquired the suggestion of a quality not covered by the word "individuality."

You may be discussing a person you dislike very much, one who holds ideas that are rather loathsome, and while you might readily admit that such a person might be "individual," you would never for a moment say "So-and-so has personality." Why? Because the word "personality" has grown to mean magnetic power, the sort of power that consciously or unconsciously dominates and controls the individuals with whom it comes in contact. It is this magnetic power that is at the root of every successful career.

Review the life of any great individual. You will find that their success was the result, not only of careful study and of perseverance, but, more than all, of the subtle influence of personal magnetism. They succeeded because their personality convinced people that they were sincere, that they were strong, someone who could be relied upon. Without a well-developed personality, their good qualities would have lain unnoticed, and they would have been only another in the struggling, discouraged thousands.

The Happiness Cure | Being Healthy & Anxiety Free

The Happiness Cure | Being Healthy & Anxiety Free

October 15, 2019

Listen to episode 414 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Happiness Cure | Being Healthy & Anxiety Free. Edited and adapted from How to Stay Well by Christian D. Larson.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: True happiness enjoys all things deeply, but serenely. And you can always know when you have had such happiness, because it makes your countenance radiant with a restful beauty.

To gain real happiness, the first essential is to train yourself to think constantly of the great value of happiness — especially with regard to its health producing power. Such thinking will tend to produce a subconscious desire for happiness, and what the subconscious begins to desire it also begins to create.

Train yourself to think of happiness as a mental necessity (just as food is a physical necessity) and you will gradually train every element and force in your body to work for the creation of happiness. By creating within yourself a constant demand for happiness, you will inspire the elements of your own nature to produce the desired supply, and before long the happiness you desire will become a permanent part of your life.

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The Art of Self-Reliance, Self-Control & Self-Respect

The Art of Self-Reliance, Self-Control & Self-Respect

October 10, 2019

Listen to episode 413 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Art of Self-Reliance, Self-Control & Self-Respect. Edited and adapted from Right Living by Susan H. Wixon.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: It is observed in life, that successful people are the resolute and self-reliant. What is self-reliance? It is to be in harmony with all laws of Nature and the highest morality — the qualities that stand out, by themselves, alone, but are as firm as granite.

The march of life is onward. It does not stand still. We are on its ocean. We mark our course, or we drift, hither and yonder, at mercy of wave and wind. The person who relies on their own exertion, grows, enlarges, expands.

Never halt or waver when you know you are right. Never think you cannot succeed, but try — make an effort. You cannot know the elements that are in you to command success until you look within and bring out the hidden qualities latent there.

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Working Together for True Happiness & Success

Working Together for True Happiness & Success

October 8, 2019

Listen to episode 412 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Working Together for True Happiness & Success. Edited and adapted from Love’s Way by Orison Swett Marden.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. A special thanks to our newest patrons, Kristen Valenti, Shae Sterett, and Rosa De Souza. By becoming our patrons Kristen, Shae, and Rosa now get their own private podcast feed with full transcripts, delivered right to their smartphone. They also get access to our special series for patrons: Our Sunday Talks. To learn how you can get these same benefits for only $3 a month, please go to LivingHour.org/patron. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Love’s Way by Orison Swett Marden, published in 1918.

A single bee lacks the necessary intelligence to make honey. It is only when they work together that bees become productive. If all the bees in the hive were separated and forced to live alone they would make no honey, not even to sustain life. Through lack of individual intelligence they would die of starvation. 

In other words, a hive of bees has a well-defined purpose, but one bee alone has no purpose, no plans, no intelligence. In short, a bee separated from its fellow bees is absolutely helpless, absolutely useless.

What is true of the bee is in a large degree true of a human being. A person separated from others, without any of the social advantages, conveniences, or facilities which community life affords, would be practically helpless. The strength of each one of us is dependent on our unity with all the others, because we are all parts of one whole. 

History and experience show that humankind rises or falls together. Every real and permanent advance since the world began has been due to the action of the great principle of human brotherhood and sisterhood — the majority acting together for the good of all. 

The Power of Individuality, Originality & Character

The Power of Individuality, Originality & Character

October 3, 2019

Listen to episode 411 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Power of Individuality, Originality & Character. Edited and adapted from Right Living by Susan H. Wixon.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Is it true that we are too apt to be copies of one another? Yes, it is true. We are often imitators, and not originators. It would appear, almost, at first sight, as if it were dangerous to walk a different path from the accepted highway. Yet there are many short-cuts across lots that bring one to town sooner than following the beaten track.

Instead, we go as others go. We do as others do, without thinking whether it be right or not. When deviating somewhat from the well-worn way, we are apt to be frightened, and to fear we are lost. Yet, we do not live to be exact copies of each other. Originality of action, of speech, of thought, is the necessity of the world. Great men and great women of this or of any period of the world's history, are always those of striking characteristics, of strong individuality.

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How to Live Right & Get the Most Out of Life

How to Live Right & Get the Most Out of Life

October 1, 2019

Listen to episode 410 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Live Right & Get the Most Out of Life. Edited and adapted from Right Living by Susan H. Wixon.

Motivational Podcast Transcript: "Living will teach you how to live better than any preacher or book," says Goethe. But what is it to live? Is it simply to eat, drink, and be merry? Is it to learn a little, here and there; to laugh and play; to sleep, weep, toil, and battle from day to day, and from year to year for food and shelter? Is it to bend every energy to the acquirement of wealth, fame, or position? Is it to sacrifice all for the applause of the multitude?

Life is more than that. It has larger uses. It contains greater and grander results. It holds loftier and nobler aspirations. Its measure is flaming with the fires of truth, glowing with the gold of understanding. Life, rightly lived is an inspiration, an incentive to high effort, a means of true and sure happiness.

The one who is worthy of the praise and gratitude of millions, is the individual who can impress upon the minds of others that there is more to life than just to dig and delve for food and necessities. They will receive even greater praise and honor if they can show people how to so employ their time as to get the most out of life without harm to themselves, or injury to others.

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Unlocking the Secret of Happiness Within You

Unlocking the Secret of Happiness Within You

September 26, 2019

Listen to episode 409 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Secret of Happiness is Within You. Edited and adapted from Mightier Than Circumstance by Frank B. Whitney.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: THERE are millions of people who would give almost all they possess in order to be happy. They go to various places and try every conceivable method for obtaining happiness. They yearn for things and think that by possessing them happiness will come to them. They turn to other people and to external things but still happiness eludes them.

A search for happiness does not always bring it, because we look for it in the same spirit that we would look for a lost purse. We believe that happiness is found when we arrive at that place in consciousness and experience where we no longer have to seek for it.

When we look for happiness, we do not have it. When we cease to look for it, we discover that it is ours.

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Seize the Day with a New Outlook on Life | Motivational

Seize the Day with a New Outlook on Life | Motivational

September 24, 2019

Listen to episode 408 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Seize the Day with a New Outlook on Life. Edited and adapted from Mightier Than Circumstance by Frank B. Whitney.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: HAVE you ever thought of the dawning of a day as the dawning of a new life and a new world? Last night the darkness of the night blotted out your mistakes of yesterday. This morning the bright and glorious sun saluted you in a new world with new opportunities.

Is this not a beautiful truth to contemplate? Does not its wisdom seem more and more convincing as you think about it?

To the person who thinks of life as a humdrum experience, today is just another day. It links them up with unfortunate experiences of yesterday, as well as the uncertainties of tomorrow. Their calendar reveals to them but a succession of days. Their experience in living through them is almost the same as that of a patient and plodding animal working a treadmill.

However, it need not be so — for last night the curtain of darkness closed upon your yesterday. In the darkness of night, in the progress of sleep, your old self died to things of the past. At dawn, a new day, a new life, and a new world were proclaimed to you. In the new day, nothing of the past comes forth.

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Finding Your Place in the World | Spiritual Inspiration

Finding Your Place in the World | Spiritual Inspiration

September 19, 2019

Listen to episode 407 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Finding Your Place in the World. Edited and adapted from Concentration: The Key to Constructive Thought by C. W. Kyle.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: There is a place for every human being in the world — a special place and a special work for each one of us to do; a work which no other person can do; a work that is essentially and wholly connected with every woman and man. To find this place in the world and to come to know the lessons that are best for you to learn, is a necessary step toward making a success of your life.

Neither of these problems is difficult to solve, if you but bring your common sense to bear upon them. To be cool and just in an examination of yourself; to gauge honestly and fairly the state of your growth; to take care of your health and fitness; is all that is necessary. 

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The Greatest Power for Self-Development & Success

The Greatest Power for Self-Development & Success

September 17, 2019

Listen to episode 406 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Greatest Power for Self-Development & Personal Growth. Edited and adapted from Success Through Thought Habit by Benjamin Johnson.

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Today’s reading has been edited and adapted from “Success Through Thought Habit” by Benjamin Johnson, published in 1908.

Habit, whether conscious or automatic, is one of the most tremendous forces of life. In fact, we can truthfully call it the tremendous force in life. It is habit that makes us dislike anything that takes us away from our familiar paths of thought or work, that makes us resist any change or suggestion of doing things a different way, that makes us fussy, fretful, and sarcastic, as well as kind, sympathetic and amenable to suggestions.

It makes us cowards or heroes, self-assertive or timid, self-reliant or helpless, failures or successes. Consequently, the great thing in all of our education is to adopt the suggestion given by William James to (quote) "make our nervous system our ally and not our enemy."

We should hand over to the custodian of the automatic department many of the details of our daily life — for it is important to start our daily duties in such a manner that they almost carry themselves along and leave the mind free to develop on other lines.

How to Live the Perfect Day | Elizabeth Towne

How to Live the Perfect Day | Elizabeth Towne

September 12, 2019

Listen to episode 405 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Live the Perfect Day. Edited and adapted from Lessons in Living by Elizabeth Towne.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: When Johnny Hayes won the Marathon in the Olympic Games, he trained for months before-hand. Every hindrance to his goal was laid aside; he ate the healthiest food, kept regular hours, trained carefully every day, kept his mind ever focused on the one thought of success in that race. 

The successful life is made up of a succession of successful days — every day being a little Marathon by itself. If we live a successful today, we make a wise preparation to live a successful tomorrow; and so on, day after day, year after year, through our whole lives.

Only today is ours. Today we can make the right preparation, make the right and easy start, run the successful race with time, and close the day a victor. This day it is possible to do that. So, how shall we prepare for it? How shall we manage our energy and direct our efforts?

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How to Develop the Power of Memory | Success Skills

How to Develop the Power of Memory | Success Skills

September 10, 2019

Listen to episode 404 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Developing the Power of Memory for Success. Edited and adapted from Secrets of Mental Supremacy by W. R. C. Latson.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: THE value of any person to themselves and to the world at large depends in great degree upon their memory — upon your ability to recall and to use at any desired moment the recollection of what you have seen, heard, experienced, or thought.  Memory is really the stock in trade of our mental life. Our perceptions bring to us a vast mass of experiences — things that we have seen, heard, touched, tasted, and smelled — our thoughts and experiences. But these things are valuable only when they are held in the memory. For, unless they are remembered they cannot be used.

Most of us have forgotten much more than we remember. We have studied at school, at college, at home. We have read many, many books. We have had any number of interesting and instructive conversations. We have, some of us, traveled and seen many rare and curious things. And of it all, how much is in our possession at the moment — how much is at our ready command? Not one tenth — probably not one hundredth. 

Imagine the enormous loss to us. Imagine the waste of time and effort. Imagine what it would mean to you or to me if, instead of possessing a memory which preserved for us only one hundredth of our experiences, we could remember and apply at will one half, three quarters, four fifths of what we have been through. 

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Inspiration for Opening the Door to a Larger Life

Inspiration for Opening the Door to a Larger Life

September 5, 2019

Listen to episode 403 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Inspiration for Opening the Door to a Larger Life. Edited and adapted from The Open Door by Hugh Black.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Who can set limits to what is? Who can draw a line and declare that within its boundaries lies all that is possible? Who can say what forces there are unknown that one day may be utilized by us all? The world is not one definite thing, but is whatever we (with knowledge, courage, and faith) are able to make it.

When we reach the borders, there is ever an open door into a larger place. The world is just as big as we are big enough to inhabit. Like all true things, this idea is not completely new. We have always known it in other regions of human experience: aesthetically the world is to each of us what we are able to appreciate.

How different a single scene may appear to different views. Buttercups and daisies, the common flowers of the field, may be a delight to a child and a nuisance to a farmer. A single flower is one thing to a botanist, another to an artist, another to a gardener, and another to a lover.

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Motivation for Making Your Life Great | Daily Heroism

Motivation for Making Your Life Great | Daily Heroism

September 3, 2019

Listen to episode 402 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Motivation for Making Your Life Great. Edited and adapted from Love’s Way by Orison Swett Marden.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: J.R. Miller once said: ''Some day we shall learn that the little deeds of love made unconsciously as we pass on our way are greater in their helpfulness and shine more brightly in the life than the deeds of renown that we think now make a life great." Never was there a greater mistake than to think that heroism, courage, and daring, are confined to the field of battle. It doesn't matter what post we are assigned to in the battle of life, we have an opportunity to do heroic things every day.

If we have the spirit of love, if we are filled with the love of truth and justice, if we are determined always to stand for the right no matter what the cost, we are always battling for the higher things of life.

It is as heroic to take a firm stand for honesty, when it may cost you your job, or to rescue a person from a burning building or from drowning, as it is to go into military battle. It is heroic to stand for the right when others sneer and condemn you for doing so. Indeed, it often takes MORE courage to stand alone for the right, for justice, for principle (when those about you ridicule and caricature you for your stand), than it would be to walk up to a cannon's mouth in battle.

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Inspiration for Self-Control & Building a Healthy Mindset

Inspiration for Self-Control & Building a Healthy Mindset

August 29, 2019

Listen to episode 401 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Self-Control and Building a Healthy Mindset. Edited and adapted from Light on Life’s Difficulties by James Allen.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Today, I’d like to offer some advice on the management of your mind. Before a person can see even the necessity for thorough and complete self-management, they have to throw off a great delusion that so many people have — the delusion of believing that their failures in life are entirely due to those around them, and not entirely to themselves.

"I could make far greater progress if I were not hindered by others," or "It is impossible for me to make any headway, seeing that I live with such negative people," are commonly expressed complaints that spring from the error of imagining that others are responsible for one’s own folly.

The violent or irritable person always blames those around them for their fits of anger. And by continually living in this delusion, they become more and more set in their irritable ways. For how can someone overcome — or even try to overcome — their weakness if they convince themselves that it springs entirely from the actions of others? 

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