Inspirational Living: Life Lessons for Success & Happiness
Developing Vision & Perspective | Happiness Podcasts

Developing Vision & Perspective | Happiness Podcasts

March 12, 2020

Listen to episode 457 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Developing Vision and Perspective. Edited and adapted from The Pursuit of Happiness by George Hodges.

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Last time, I talked with you about determination and regulation as helps to happiness. The 3rd quality which will assist you to be happy is Proportion. By proportion I mean a true perspective. Proportion ministers to happiness because it restrains us from the exaggeration of excitement. They who lack it are like newspapers which have used up all their biggest type on screaming bulletins of petty fights and hysterical gossip, and have nothing larger for a battle which is determining the destiny of nations.

It is well to distinguish between a scratch and a surgical operation. It is well to save our supreme emotions for supreme events. I do not mean an unnatural repression of feeling or of speech. But the truth is that great joys and sorrows come but seldom. So, let us not get excited every common day. Let us reserve some stirrings of the heart for the occasions that truly call for them.

Secrets to the Pursuit of Happiness | Life Lessons

Secrets to the Pursuit of Happiness | Life Lessons

March 10, 2020

Listen to episode 456 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Secrets to the Pursuit of Happiness. Edited and adapted from The Pursuit of Happiness by George Hodges.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Pursuit of Happiness by George Hodges, published in 1906.

Today I would like to talk with you about certain helps to happiness. The first is Determination. And by that I mean the will to be happy — for happiness is largely an interior matter. It is subjective; it does not depend on any particular environment, but depends solely upon our relation to the great currents of life. If we resist, there is friction and distress; if we fling ourselves boldly into the eternal tides, we are swept into every form of beauty and truth.

This does not mean that we should try to attain that sort of contentment which lets the world go by without an effort to change it for the better. When bad conditions may be changed, it is the imperative of all good people to be persistently discontented until they change them.

The Power of Being Bold & Decisive | Motivation

The Power of Being Bold & Decisive | Motivation

March 5, 2020

Listen to episode 455 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: The Power of Being Bold & Decisive. Edited and adapted from Pushing to the Front by Orison Swett Marden.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: The women and men who have left a mark upon their century have been the ones of great and prompt decision. An undecided person, a person who is ever balancing between two opinions, forever debating which of two courses they will pursue, proclaims by their indecision that they cannot control themselves, that they were meant to be possessed by others. They are not in the arena, but in the stands.

The individual of decision, of prompt action, does not wait for favorable circumstances. They do not submit to events; events must submit to them.

The vacillating woman and man is ever at the mercy of the opinion of the person who talked with them last. They may see the right, but they drift toward the wrong. If they decide upon a course, they only follow it until somebody opposes it.

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The Art of Conversation | Inspirational Podcast Tips

The Art of Conversation | Inspirational Podcast Tips

March 3, 2020

Listen to episode 454 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: The Art of Conversation | Inspirational Podcast Tips. Edited and adapted from Pushing to the Front by Orison Swett Marden.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: To be a good conversationalist — to able to interest people, rivet their attention, draw them to you naturally by the very superiority of your conversational ability — is a great accomplishment, one that is superior to all others. It not only helps you to make a good impression upon strangers, it also helps you to make and keep friends. It opens doors and softens hearts. It makes you interesting in all sorts of company. It helps you to get on in the world. It sends you clients, patients, customers. It helps you into the best society of your peers.

A person who can talk well, who has the art of putting things in an attractive way, who can interest others immediately by their power of speech, has a great advantage over one who may know more than them, but who cannot express themselves with ease or eloquence.

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Success is Seldom Accidental | Opportunities & Challenges

Success is Seldom Accidental | Opportunities & Challenges

February 27, 2020

Listen to episode 453 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Success is Seldom Accidental | Your Opportunities. Edited and adapted from How to Get On in the World by Major A.R. Calhoun.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from. How to Get On in the World by Major A.R. Calhoun, published in 1895.

A person may leap into sudden fortune at a bound, and without effort or foresight, but it is doubtful if any great permanent success ever was the outcome of blind chance.

The old adage, "Trust to luck," like many other adages that time has kept in unmerited circulation, is a bad one. The individual who trusts to luck for their clothing is apt to wear rags, and the one who depends on it for food is sure to go hungry.

We hear a great deal about the wonderful things that have been done by chance, but we seldom take the time to examine them. We read that sir Isaac Newton, sitting in his garden one day, "Chanced to see an apple fall to the ground," and this set him to thinking, and he discovered the laws of gravitation.

Now, ever since the first apple fell from the first tree in Eden, people have been watching that very commonplace occurrence. We might extend the field so as to embrace oranges, coconuts, and all the fruits and nuts which have been falling to the ground — yet they set no person to thinking, simply because not one of the millions of people who "chanced" to see the incident, "chanced" to have the reasoning powers of the great English scientist. The falling of the apple in Newton's garden thus was not a chance, but an ordinary incident, which was made much of in the mind of an extraordinary man.

What is Success? | Self-Improvement Podcasts

What is Success? | Self-Improvement Podcasts

February 25, 2020

Listen to episode 452 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: What is Success? | Being Truly Successful. Edited and adapted from How to Get On in the World by Major A.R. Calhoun.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If our podcast has been a help to you, please let us know by writing a short review of our podcast on iTunes or Google Play. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from. How to Get On in the World by Major A.R. Calhoun, published in 1895.

It has been said that "Nothing Succeeds Like Success." But what is Success? If we consult the dictionaries, they will give us the etymology of this much used word, and in general terms, the meaning will be (quote) "the accomplishment of a purpose." But as the goals in nearly every life differ, success cannot mean the same thing to all people. The artist's idea of success is very different from that of the business person, and the scientist differs from both, as does the politician from all three.

We read of successful gamblers, burglars, or charlatans, but no true success was ever won or ever can be won in such a manner. To win (so that we ourselves and the world shall be the better for our having lived), we must begin the struggle with a high purpose, keeping ever before our minds the characters and methods of the noble men and women who have succeeded along the same lines.

The young person beginning the battle of life should never lose sight of the fact that we live in an age of fierce competition, and that this competition must, in the nature of things, become more and more intense. Success is now less and less dependent on luck and chance. Instead, the prime requisites of those who win are a preparation for your chosen field of effort, an industry that is ever increasing, a hope that never flags, a patience that never grows weary, a courage that never wavers....

How to Face Life & Not Grow Old | Inspirational Aging

How to Face Life & Not Grow Old | Inspirational Aging

February 20, 2020

Listen to episode 451 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: How to Face Life & Not Grow Old. Edited and adapted from How to Face Life by Stephen Samuel Wise.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. To support our podcast with a one-time financial donation, please visit LivingHour.org/donate. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from How to Face Life by Stephen Samuel Wise, published in 1917.

OLD age depends largely upon our attitude toward the whole of life. Old age is not a joke, nor a bore, nor a trial, nor a calamity, though it may be any one of these, as all of life may be. What needs to be stressed is that old age has no content in itself apart from the whole of life. Little can come to old age that was not in and throughout life.

Age, like happiness, is neither to be sought nor evaded. It is a by-product of life rather than life's end. Not the aim nor goal of life, but the way of life must it be.

In the matter of revering old age, it sometimes is well to ask whether old age is to be respected as a virtue in itself — whether length of days should be regarded as a merit apart from what has gone before. One is sometimes moved to believe that if the aged are unhappy, it is because age brings with it not only opportunity for quiet meditation and serene retrospect, but the necessity of thinking about the great issues of life.

Building Health, Energy & Personality | Charles Atlas

Building Health, Energy & Personality | Charles Atlas

February 18, 2020

Listen to episode 450 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Building Health, Energy & Personality. Edited and adapted from the work of Charles Atlas.

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The very first essential thing to do in securing radiant health and physical strength is the deep breathing of pure, outside air. We can live without food for many weeks, without water for many days, but we cannot live without air for more than a few minutes.

Air is equally a food as fruits and vegetables. When it enters into the composition of the body, its value cannot be over emphasized. Yet because it is so cheap we often ignore its real value.

Remember that oxygen is LIFE! The more oxygen you breathe, the more health and strength you will get. This life-giving oxygen furnishes the power to pump the blood through the heart. It assists in carrying off the waste products from the myriad of tiny cells in the body, and helps to build new and stronger cells.

Living a Life of Sunshine & Success | Motivation Podcast

Living a Life of Sunshine & Success | Motivation Podcast

February 13, 2020

Listen to episode 449 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Living a Life of Sunshine & Success. Edited and adapted from Making the Grade by C.V. Mosby.

Motivational Podcast Transcript: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. To become our patron and gain access to over a hundred additional podcasts, please visit our Patreon page at LivingHour.org/patron. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Making the Grade by C.V. Mosby, published in 1917.

Sunshine is essential to life. Disease and crime breed and grow where there is darkness. A hopeless individual is already defeated. The poison has entered their soul and paralyzed their initiative. Pessimism has crowded the lower rungs of life's ladder and gives plenty of room to those who would go to the top.

All successful people are optimists. If they were not, they could not succeed. It is probable that some individuals who revel in pessimism have reached the top; but, like barnacles, they have ridden up fastened to the back of other people.

In the early days of the United States, Jim Hill was optimistic with reference to the future of the Northwest. To him that land was capable of being converted into the granary of the world. He believed in its future. In his imagination, he saw fields of grain waving golden in the sun; he saw a railroad, reaching across the forest, over the mountain, through the vale, on and on until it touched the tidewater of Puget Sound. He believed in the Northwest and made the Northwest what it is today. He was optimistic and his optimism enabled him to make the grade.

The Million Dollar Lecture Pt. 3 | Habits & Incentives

The Million Dollar Lecture Pt. 3 | Habits & Incentives

February 11, 2020

Listen to episode 448 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Million Dollar Lecture Pt. 3 | Success Habits & Incentives. Edited and adapted from The Million Dollar Lecture by Professor Erwin Haskell Schell.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you enjoy our podcast, help us spread the word by sharing your favorite episode on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Million Dollar Lecture by Professor Erwin Haskell Schell, delivered to the 1920 graduating class of MIT.

When it comes to building good habits, don’t overlook the habit of success. Yes, there is such a thing. Make it a customary habit to surmount difficulties, even in little things. Perhaps the winning, in itself, will not be worth the effort, but in the strengthening of the habit, its value is immeasurable.

The world has a place for the women and men who finish that which they undertake. I wish that I could burn that point into your minds so that it would always be before you.

We cannot stand still in life. We must either go forward or backward. And I believe that one of the greatest elements in consistent progress lies in the increasing development and use of the success habit. 

The Million Dollar Lecture Pt. 2 | Free MIT Lectures

The Million Dollar Lecture Pt. 2 | Free MIT Lectures

February 6, 2020

Listen to episode 447 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Million Dollar Lecture Pt. 2 | Free MIT Lectures. Edited and adapted from The Million Dollar Lecture by Professor Erwin Haskell Schell.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Get inspirational gifts and apparel by visiting BookofZen.com, each item featuring one of my one original, thought-provoking sayings. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Million Dollar Lecture by Professor Erwin Haskell Schell, delivered to the 1920 graduating class of MIT.

Having talked with you about the importance of finding, making, and keeping friends, the next resource that I want to see upon the asset side of your personal balance sheet is ability in the art of cooperation. This is a characteristic in which the technically trained person is often found to be lamentably weak. But I think that the weakness may be readily explained and improved upon.

The scientific method in which we are all trained is a method of analysis. Analysis is essentially critical and our viewpoint tends to be likewise. The error which we frequently make is in assuming that the critical attitude demands individuality of action, as well as thought, and we then adopt a non-cooperative attitude.

We view industry through the eyes of a reformer, as something to be revolutionized, rather than evolutionized. Business, of course, does need independent thinkers and idealists. And the last thing we demand of executives is “mass thinking.” But business also demands of you a practical vision of present conditions and a willingness to enter the firing line and work with the others in an attempt to better a given situation.

The Million Dollar Lecture Pt. 1 | MIT Lectures Online

The Million Dollar Lecture Pt. 1 | MIT Lectures Online

February 4, 2020

Listen to episode 446 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Million Dollar Lecture Pt. 1 | MIT Lectures Online. Edited and adapted from The Million Dollar Lecture by Professor Erwin Haskell Schell.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Million Dollar Lecture by Professor Erwin Haskell Schell, delivered to the 1920 graduating class of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In this lecture I am going to lay down some rules of conduct which I am confident will reward each of you with 10 thousand dollars of additional income if you follow them faithfully. Therefore, to the one hundred or more students in this room, the lecture should have a potential value of a million dollars. This explains the title which I have given it.

Here at MIT, you have learned three things well. First, you have learned to think straight. Our technical problems in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and applied science offer precise solutions. There is no room for undisciplined thinking.

Second, you have learned to work hard. There is no question about that, and it will be one of your greatest assets....

Doing What You Want to Do | Motivational Podcasts

Doing What You Want to Do | Motivational Podcasts

January 30, 2020

Listen to episode 445 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Doing What You Want to Do | Motivational Podcasts. Edited and adapted from Getting a Start: First Aids to Success by Nathaniel C. Fowler.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Getting a Start: First Aids to Success by Nathaniel C. Fowler, published in 1915.

To feel the flush of success is to do what you most want to do, and what you can best do. Unless you can do well what you want to do, the fullness of result is impossible. Conversely, unless you want to do what you can do well, a small result is likely to follow.

While what you want to do appears to be subordinate to what you can do, so much do I believe in the assistance of co-operation and the value of desire, that I would place "want to do" ahead of "can do."

I would advise you, first to consider what you want to do, and then determine whether or not you can do it. If you find that what you want to do you cannot do well, then make no attempt in that direction and choose something else which you want to do, and continue the process until what you want to do and what you can do connect. But, in the meantime, don't loaf around. Do something, even if you don't want to do it. Keep busy.

From Poverty to Plenty | Inspirational Podcasts

From Poverty to Plenty | Inspirational Podcasts

January 28, 2020

Listen to episode 444 of the Inspirational Living podcast: From Poverty to Plenty | Inspirational Podcasts. Edited and Adapted from Success and How to Win It by B.F. Austin.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Success and How to Win It by B.F. Austin, published in 1904.

Is your head filled with the idea that there is luck, accident, fate, when there's no such thing on earth? If you have not faith and confidence in yourself or in me, you must acquire confidence in the inner self and trust in everybody you are drawn to after first placing faith in your higher, spiritual self. That is the key to all success and has nothing to do with modern religiosity, creeds, or beliefs.

I will present one hundred gold dollars to any person over 16 years of age who fully follows my directions and having done so fails to get from poverty to plenty — and another hundred to the one who follows my directions to go from Philadelphia to New York and fails. The two are equally sure.

Obeying all of the following rules will make any person wealthy:

Number 1) Work always so faithfully that somebody other than your employer will seek your services at a higher rate of pay. Work temporarily at any kind of work, for any rate of pay you can get. Never grumble at any imposition put upon you — but by faith in your higher-self draw yourself into better circumstances.

Number 2) Conceal your dislikes, hold your tongue, and watch for something better. Do all your work as well as possible and let quantity be secondary. Never think evil.

Motivation to Go Above & Beyond Expectations

Motivation to Go Above & Beyond Expectations

January 23, 2020

Listen to episode 443 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Motivation to Go Beyond expectations. Edited and adapted from Getting a Start: First Aids to Success by Nathaniel C. Fowler.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Getting a Start: First Aids to Success by Nathaniel C. Fowler, published in 1915

IF you are faithful, ordinary success is yours. If you do what you are told to do, or what you have to do, you can't become a failure. But more than ordinary success, more than normal accomplishment, is due, not wholly to faithfulness, not entirely to your interest in your work, but to the fact that you do not only what you are told to do and have to do, but what you are not told to do and don't have to do.

For example, let us suppose that you are an assistant bookkeeper. You arrive promptly at the opening hour. That is good. You are attentive to business. That is fine. You don't neglect things. That will be appreciated. You are accurate and faithful. Your employer gives you credit. But all this faithfulness, and all this attention to duty, will not bring you more than a normal raise in salary, or permit you to occupy more than an ordinary position, unless you add to them what is not required, what your employer doesn't ask or expect you to do.

Successful Habits for Career Advancement | Podcast

Successful Habits for Career Advancement | Podcast

January 21, 2020

Listen to episode 442 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Success Habits at the Workplace & Life. Edited and adapted from Getting a Start: First Aids to Success by Nathaniel C. Fowler.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you enjoy our podcast, you’ll love our books, featuring the best essays read on our podcast. Learn more at InspirationalLifeLessons.com. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Getting a Start: First Aids to Success by Nathaniel C. Fowler, published in 1915

BEING ahead of time may lose you a minute; but being behind time may spoil your whole day. You can't catch up with the time that has passed. Being late is foolhardy, unbusinesslike, disastrous, and dishonest. If you are expected at a certain time, or have agreed to be somewhere at an hour specified, you are dishonest to yourself and to the other person if you don't arrive on time.

Because you are expected, preparations are made for your arrival, and delay injures both you and the one to be seen. Promptness is a commodity, negotiable in every market — while tardiness stands for failure, and is a forerunner of disaster.

The behind-time woman or man can't be depended upon. "Being there" gives opportunity for "getting there." Better to be ahead of time, even at great inconvenience, than to be a minute late.

Seizing Opportunities | Master of Your Fate

Seizing Opportunities | Master of Your Fate

January 16, 2020

Listen to episode 441 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Seizing Opportunities | Master of Your Fate. Edited and Adapted from Success and How to Win It by B.F. Austin.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: The Spanish have a proverb that half of the misfortunes in life come from holding in your horse while it is leaping. The rider who checks a horse when vaulting over a hedge or brook courts death or disaster. So, when the time comes for supreme effort (the grand vault that is to lift you over the obstacles in your path and introduce you to a higher and nobler arena), you must enter into the spirit and effort of the hour and not hold back your horse when it is leaping.

There comes to each life but a few of these moments, and when they do come they must be improved to the utmost. The one who would win in life's heavily contested conflicts must wisely lay aside everything that will hinder the fullest exercise of their powers or lessen their chances of winning success.

Every weight carried lessens the chances of victory; every weight discarded increases the prospects of success. Yet how many people enter life's great arena loaded down with weights, careless if not utterly oblivious of the handicap under which they struggle for fame and fortune and the higher success of character.

Success Habits of Time, Money & Personal Power

Success Habits of Time, Money & Personal Power

January 14, 2020

Listen to episode 440 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Success Habits of Time, Money & Personal Power. Edited and Adapted from Success and How to Win It by B.F. Austin.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. A special thanks to our newest patron, Lesa Williams. Learn how you can support our podcast for as little as 1 dollar a month by visiting LivingHour.org/patron. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Success and How to Win It by B.F. Austin, published in 1904.

Economy is a much broader word than most people imagine. It applies to time, strength, talent, influence and effort, as well as to the prudent and saving use of money. The rule of life should be: Avoid all waste.

When it comes to time, how important it is that we should learn how to make the best use of "spare moments," the "odds and ends" of our lives, and make them contribute their full share to life's grand purpose and attainment.

The hours squandered in idleness or senseless dissipation by many people would, if systematically improved, lead them to increased knowledge and skill — and likewise from poverty to comfort and independence. The common laborer who works for $15 an hour, may, by attaining skill, experience, and knowledge, command a much higher sum and soon better their material condition.

The vast majority of people who have risen from obscurity to power, and from power to affluence, have done so by careful and systematic improvement of the spare moments of their lives. "Time is money," it is said. But this very inadequately expresses the truth. Time is infinitely more than money. Time is, when improved: education, knowledge, enjoyment, skill, talent, and character.

The First Step Toward True Success in Life

The First Step Toward True Success in Life

January 9, 2020

Listen to episode 439 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The First Step Toward Success in Life. Edited and Adapted from Success and How to Win It by B.F. Austin.

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Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: All people desire success, but few attain their desire. Yet success, along some line, is a possibility in every life. The fact that many people attain success despite their unfavorable early environment, their ill health, misfortune, or friendless condition, proves that the way is open to all who will find the path and follow it.

Success is the rightful heritage of every life, and while, doubtless, all cannot reap the same measure of success in precisely the same lines, there is no question but that ninety-nine unsuccessful people in every hundred might find and pursue a path to power, peace, and plenty.

How Your Thoughts Create Your Life | Motivationals

How Your Thoughts Create Your Life | Motivationals

January 7, 2020

Listen to episode 438 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How Your Thoughts Create Your Life. Edited and adapted from “The Message of New Thought” by Abel Allen.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from “Message of New Thought” by Abel Allen, published in 1914.

Nature does not thrust powers and accomplishments upon us. In her infinite wisdom she leaves us a work to perform. Endowed by nature with inherent powers, it is left to us to develop them or not.

Wisely it was ordained that we should eat our bread by the sweat of our brow — for labor is the propelling force of human progress and advancement. Without it, we would have placed no value on that which satisfies our wants and ministers to our comforts. We value the most that which we accomplish by our own efforts, either physical or mental.

"Diamonds are found only in the dark places of the earth; truths are found only in the depths of thought," says Victor Hugo. In order to have a due appreciation of the forces and powers within us, we must learn to unfold and develop them for ourselves. This we can do only by the exercise of our own thought and will power.

Success Talks: The Importance of Achieving Perfect Poise

Success Talks: The Importance of Achieving Perfect Poise

January 2, 2020

Listen to episode 437 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Importance of Achieving Perfect Poise. Edited and Adapted from Poise: How to Attain It by D. Starke.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Poise: How to Attain It by D. Starke, published in 1916.

Lack of poise has always been an obstacle to those who wish to succeed.

In every age, the awkwardness born of timidity has hindered those who suffered from it. But this defect has never been so great a drawback as in the life of today.

The celebrated phrase of the ancient Roman writer who said, "Fortune smiles on the brave," could very well serve as our motto nowadays, with this slight alteration: "Fortune smiles on those who are possessed of poise."

The Power of Concentration, Visualization & Enthusiasm

The Power of Concentration, Visualization & Enthusiasm

December 31, 2019

Listen to episode 436 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Power of Concentration, Visualization & Enthusiasm. Edited and Adapted from The Victorious Attitude by Orison Swett Marden.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Those who concentrate upon an idea, who continue to visualize their dreams, to nurse them, who never lose sight of their goal, no matter how dark or forbidding the way, get what they concentrate on. They make their minds powerful magnets to attract the thing on which they have concentrated. Sooner or later they realize their dreams.

What could have kept Beethoven from becoming a master musician? What could have kept Thomas Edison or Steve Jobs, whom no hardships frightened, from realizing their wonderful visions?

If you can concentrate your thought and hold it persistently (work with it along the line of your greatest ambition), nothing can keep you from its realization. But spasmodic concentration, spasmodic enthusiasm, however intense, will peter out. Dreaming without effort will only waste your power. It is holding your vision (together with persistent, concentrated endeavor) that wins.

Motivation to Live New Year 2020 with a Great Purpose

Motivation to Live New Year 2020 with a Great Purpose

December 26, 2019

Listen to episode 435 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Motivation to Live 2020 with a Great Purpose. Edited and Adapted from the book The Architects of Fate by Orison Swett Marden.

Podcast Excerpt: It is a great purpose which gives meaning to life, it unifies all our powers, binds them together in one cable; makes strong and united what was weak, separated, scattered.

To succeed today a person must concentrate all their faculties of mind on one unwavering aim, and have a tenacity of purpose, which means death or victory. Every other inclination which tempts you from your aim must be suppressed.

An individual may starve on a dozen half-learned trades or occupations, but grow rich and famous upon one trade thoroughly mastered, even though it be the humblest.

Do not struggle to do two things at once. Throw your entire strength upon whatever you do. An intense energy should characterize everything you undertake, even your recreation.

The Greatest Christmas Gift | Friendship & Gratitude

The Greatest Christmas Gift | Friendship & Gratitude

December 24, 2019

Listen to episode 434 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Greatest Christmas Gift You Can Give. Edited and adapted from Evening Round Up by William Crosbie Hunter.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. I would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and joyful holiday seasons. Today I would like to share with you an episode of the Our Sunday Talks series which we offer to our patrons.

It’s a useful reminder that one of the greatest gifts that we can give to a friend, family member, or loved one is a few words (be it in a letter or face to face) expressing how much that other person means to you. It was edited and adapted from Evening Round Up by William Crosbie Hunter, published in 1915.

Do you have a friend who has been a great help and comfort to you? I have such a friend. Tonight I am in the mood to think of that friend and write them a letter like this:

This is to You. It is for You. It is about You. You, I have in mind and the good influence you have had on me. It is a happiness and satisfaction to know you, and to bask in the atmosphere of you. The world is better because of you. You have helped to raise the average.

The Best Way to Use Your Desire & Ambition

The Best Way to Use Your Desire & Ambition

December 19, 2019

Listen to episode 433 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Best Way to Use Desire & Ambition. Edited and adapted from How to Develop Your Personality by Clare Tree Major.

Motivational Podcast ExcerptAmbition is desire, the desire for self-expression along the line of least resistance. Desire is a thing to be cultivated. Feed it with your imagination. But do not desire to have things. Greed and envy, and a host of other uglinesses, owe their birth to the desire to have. Desire to BE, and the things will come of themselves.

To be a great success, a master in your chosen business or profession, that is a legitimate desire — an ambition that will be an incentive to the exercise of your highest faculties. To desire to be rich in order that you may possess things stunts the mind and works against success.

The first and most important thing to do with regard to one's career is to focus one's ambitions. To scatter your energy over a number of things means that none of them is going to get your best work. Be one-pointed. Have a definite mental picture always of the thing you want to become and that will concentrate your effort toward its realization.