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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.
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. Visit Our Sponsor Blinkist at Blinkist.com/living to start your free 7 day trial.
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. Visit our new sponsor BetterHelp.com/living for convenient and professional online counseling.
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.
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. Visit our new sponsor BetterHelp.com/living for convenient and professional online counseling.
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. Go to SimpleHabit.com/living to download their free meditation app today.
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. Go to SimpleHabit.com/living to download their free meditation app. Be among the first 50 listeners to sign up for their premium account to to unlock thousands of more meditations.
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. Visit Our Sponsor Blinkist at Blinkist.com/living to start your free 7 day trial.
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.  Go to SimpleHabit.com/living to download their free meditation app. Be among the first 50 listeners to sign up for their premium account to to unlock thousands of more meditations.
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. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. A special thanks to our newest monthly patrons: Eric Miller, David Leites, Ifeany Nwenyi, and Tim. You can help support our podcast by also becoming our monthly patron. In return you’ll get access to over 100 inspirational podcasts no longer publicly available, plus transcripts to all of our more than 400 podcasts, as well as access to the exclusive series Our Sunday Talks, which delivers inspirational talks on spiritual topics. To gain access your monthly donation can be as little as $3 a month. Learn more by visiting LivingHour.org/patron. Thank you. 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.
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? Visit Our Sponsor: Shop Carbona.com with the coupon code LIVING for 20% off.
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.  Go to SimpleHabit.com/living to download their free meditation app. Be among the first 50 listeners to sign up for their premium account to to unlock thousands of more meditations.
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. Visit Our Sponsor: Shop Carbona.com with the coupon code LIVING for 20% off.
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. Visit Our Sponsor Blinkist at Blinkist.com/living to start you free 7 day trial.
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. Visit Our Sponsor Blinkist at Blinkist.com/living to start your free 7 day trial.
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?  Go to SimpleHabit.com/living to download their free meditation app. Be among the first 50 listeners to sign up for their premium account to to unlock thousands of more meditations.
August 27, 2019
Listen to episode 400 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Art of Speaking Eloquently | How to Speak Well. Edited and adapted from Personal Efficiency by James Samuel Knox. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. To get the best readings of our podcast in heirloom quality hardcover or digital e-book, please visit InspirationalLifeLessons.com. Act now and you can buy the e-book Evergreen: 50 Inspirational Life Lessons and get the e-book Everest: 50 Motivational Life Lessons for free. Learn more at InspirationalLifeLessons.com. Today’s podcast has been edited and adapted from Personal Efficiency by James Samuel Knox, published in 1920. Very few people have ever been taught how to talk well, how to express themselves effectively. Yet every person would greatly profit by a good course of instruction in public speaking — for as Elbert Hubbard once said: “Truth badly spoken dies and dries and blows away, while a lie well launched sometimes lives for ages." How true that is! It certainly took the world a long time to believe in the truth of democracy and human rights, and to recognize the falsehoods of tyranny and autocracy. According to William Jennings Bryan, the greatest compliment any speaker can pay to the subject they are discussing is to tell the truth about it and tell it effectively. In other words, to know the truth is a great asset in itself, but to be able to tell it with skill and power is to greatly add to one's influence in a community. Ralph Waldo Emerson, who knew a thing or two about public speaking, said that the work of eloquence is to change the opinions of a lifetime in twenty minutes. A thorough knowledge of one's subject is the beginning of such eloquence — for the great public speaker is the one who inwardly digests facts and whose speech, therefore, becomes a living product. Or as Socrates said: "Every person can speak eloquently on that which they clearly understand," while Benjamin Disraeli added: "Eloquence is logic on fire." Another way to express the same idea would be to say that eloquence is facts on fire, because logic is based upon facts.
August 22, 2019
Listen to episode 399 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Positive Thinking for Success | Overcoming Negativity. Edited and adapted from Dynamic Thought by Henry Thomas Hamblin. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Today’s podcast is about the importance of building a positive mindset. If you’d like additional tools and inspiration for becoming an optimist, be sure to check out the Simple Habit app. In addition to guided meditations that will boost your positivity, Simple Habit also has motivational talks, such as the 31 Day Fresh Start series by Cory Muscara. Cory has strategically put together 31 important messages (each one building upon the other) to help you get a fresh start in life — including topics such as working with regrets, gratitude, forgiveness, cognitive reframing, and more. Discover the 100s of free meditations and talks available on the Simple Habit app by downloading it today. And, for a limited time, our listeners can unlock thousands of more meditations for a special price. Get 30% off their premium subscription by being among the first 50 listeners to sign up at SimpleHabit.com/living. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Dynamic Thought by Henry Thomas Hamblin, published in 1917. People are divided into two types, positive and negative. Let me try and describe each to you. Positive people are magnetic, attractive, courageous, happy, cheerful, healthy, energetic — are full of vitality, power, and the ability to succeed. They never doubt their ability to win; they never worry when things go wrong; they don’t complain when things aren’t smooth. If a positive person meets with a temporary set-back, they become the more determined to succeed. They do not lay upon other people the blame of their own mistakes, but instead learn a lesson from their temporary failure which shall be a guide and beacon in all their future undertakings....
August 20, 2019
Listen to episode 398 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Ambition, Success, and the Inner Voice of Wisdom. Edited and adapted from Dynamic Thought by Henry Thomas Hamblin. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: WHAT is success? To one person it means one thing and to another it may mean something quite different. Some people desire happiness and love above all things, and could they but gain these would count themselves successful in the highest degree, even though their circumstances remained humble and comparatively poor. Some desire fame and distinction in science. Their ambition is to invent, to discover or investigate, to do something that has never been done before. The only reward that they seek is the joy of accomplishment. Some desire to be great in music, painting, in sculpture, while others seek to be leaders in their chosen profession of business, medicine, law, or politics. Still others have ambitions to serve their day and generation, to give and be spent in the service of humanity. Whatever your ambition may be, follow it. Whatever you have a taste for (whatever it is you have a burning desire to accomplish), follow it and strive after it. It is useless to try and be successful if you are a round peg in a square hole. Before you can make your life a full and abundant success, you must find your "niche" and fill it. Visit Our Sponsor: Shop Carbona.com with the coupon code LIVING for 20% off.
August 15, 2019
Listen to episode 397 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Joy of Living Each Day to the Fullest. Edited and adapted from A Way of Life by Sir William Osler. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: I have told you that my success philosophy for life is to live for the day only, to disregard thoughts of the future and the past. But now let us speak of the day itself! What first? Be your own day-captain! and sigh not with Job for any mysterious intermediary. Prepare to lay your own firm hand upon the helm. Get into touch with the finite things of the day, and grasp in full enjoyment that sense of mastery in a machine working smoothly. Join the whole creation of animate things in a deep, heartfelt joy that you are alive, that you see the sun, that you are on this glorious earth which nature has made so beautiful, and which is yours to conquer and to enjoy. Realize, in the words of Browning, that "There’s a world of opportunity for joy spread round about us, meant for us, inviting us." What are your morning sensations — for remember that they control the day. Some of us are congenitally unhappy during the early hours; but the person who feels on awakening that life is a burden or a bore has been neglecting their machine, driving it too hard, stoking the engines too much, or not cleaning out the ashes and clinkers. Or they've been indulging too much in the ways of Bacchus. Go to SimpleHabit.com/living to download their free meditation app. Be among the first 50 listeners to sign up for their premium account to to unlock thousands of more meditations.
August 13, 2019
Listen to episode 396 of the Inspirational Living podcast: A Way of Life | A Success Philosophy for Daily Living. Edited and adapted from A Way of Life by Dr. William Osler, a founding professor of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Every person has a philosophy of life in thought, in word, or in deed — one that has been worked out in themselves unconsciously. Among the very best, they may not know of its existence. With the very worst, they may pride themselves as some kind of paragon. As this philosophy grows with our growth through adulthood, it cannot be taught to the young in formal lectures. Why then should I trouble you? Because I have a message that may be helpful. It is not philosophical, nor is it strictly moral or religious, and yet in a way it is all three. It is the oldest and the freshest, the simplest and the most useful. My message is but a word, a Way, an expression of the experience of a plain man whose life has never been worried by any philosophy higher than that of a farmer or shepherd. I simply wish to point out a path in which the wayfaring soul, though a fool, cannot err. Not a system to be worked out painfully, only to be discarded; not a formal scheme; simply a habit as easy or as hard to adopt as any other habit, good or bad.  Visit Our Sponsor Blinkist at Blinkist.com/living to start a free 7 day trial.
August 8, 2019
Listen to episode 395 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Get What You Want | Making Dreams Come True. Edited and adapted from How to Get What You Want by Orison Swett Marden. Go to SimpleHabit.com/living to download their free app and to unlock thousands of more meditations with their special offer just for our listeners. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: You are victory organized. You were born to conquer, to play a magnificent part in life’s great game. But you can never do anything great or grand until you have such a conviction of yourself and your ability. How often do we hear it said of some person, “Everything they undertake succeeds,” or “Everything they touch turns to gold?” Why? Because that person is constantly picturing to themselves the success of their undertakings, and they are backing up their vision by their efforts. By clinging to their vision (by vigorous resolution and persistent, determined endeavor) they are continually making themselves a powerful magnet to draw to them their dream. Consciously or unconsciously, they are using the divine intelligence or force by which every human being may mold themselves and their environment according to the pattern in their mind.
August 6, 2019
Listen to episode 394 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Wake Me Up! How to Get the Day Started Right. Edited and adapted from Nerve Control and How to Gain It by H. Addington Bruce. Visit Our Sponsor: Shop Carbona.com with the coupon code LIVING for 20% off. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: I imagine that there are some of you who would say that things haven’t been going well with you lately — that you are nervous, easily tired, easily irritated. You may have been to the doctor, but they found nothing organically wrong with you. The doctor didn’t even find it necessary to modify your diet. You yourself feel that the trouble is more mental than physical. You are worried by business conditions; the high cost of living weighs on your mind; you dread the bill collectors; etc. You appreciate that worry will not mend matters for you. But what are you to do? If you could only afford to get away from everything for a while, you feel that you would be all right again. But you cannot leave your work. There IS however one thing that you CAN do, at your own home, in the morning, that can change your mindset and avert the worry. It is a very simple thing...
August 1, 2019
Listen to episode 393 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Beauty, Truth & The Upanishads. Edited and adapted from The Realisation of Life by Rabindranath Tagore. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Every day our science is penetrating into the region formerly marked on the map as unexplored or unexplorable. Our sense of beauty is similarly engaged in ever pushing on from its conquests. Truth is everywhere, therefore everything is the object of our knowledge. Beauty is omnipresent, therefore everything is capable of giving us joy. In the early days of human history, we took everything as a phenomenon of life. The science of life then began by creating a sharp distinction between life and non-life. But as science is proceeding further and further, the line of demarcation between the animate and inanimate is growing more and more vague. In the beginning of our understanding, the sharp lines of contrast were helpful to us, but as our comprehension becomes clearer they gradually fade away. The Upanishads have said that all things are created and sustained by an infinite joy. To realize this principle of creation, we have to start with a division — the division into the beautiful and the non-beautiful. The apprehension of beauty has to come to us with a vigorous blow to awaken our consciousness from its primitive lethargy, and it attains its goal by the urgency of the contrast.
July 30, 2019
Listen to episode 392 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Fight Fatigue | Working with More Energy. Edited and adapted from Nerve Control and How to Gain It by H. Addington Bruce. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. A special thanks to our newest monthly patrons: Martin Paulden, Kellie at Prime Intention, and Tessa. Become our patron for as little as $3 a month and you’ll gain access to our entire archive of nearly 400 podcasts, as well as full transcripts. You’ll also gain access to our patron-only series Our Sunday Talks, which deals with topics related to spirituality and spiritual growth. Learn more by visiting LivingHour.org/patron. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited an adapted from Nerve Control and How to Gain It by H. Addington Bruce, published in 1919. IF you have work to do — as I trust you to — do your work in the right spirit. That is, do it gladly, recognizing work for what it really is, one of the greatest blessings of existence. Often we hear people say, "I wish I did not have to work at all." If they had their wish, they soon would regret it. For they would discover, as thousands have done, that entirely to abstain from work means mental and physical ill-health. People must work if they would keep well. "That is all very fine," I hear someone objecting, "but there is quite a difference between working and working too hard. If I hate to work, it is because I have to work too hard. My work exhausts me." There is, of course, such a thing as working too hard. If you are obliged to do that, I am indeed sorry for you. But are you sure that it is your work that exhausts you? May it not be that the real trouble is that you fail to keep yourself in proper fitness to do your work without becoming exhausted? This is a point many do not take into consideration. They attribute to overwork bad effects which actually result from some other cause.
July 25, 2019
Listen to episode 391 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Power of Visualization | The Genie of the Mind. Edited and adapted from The Secret of the Ages by Robert Collier. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: There is a very real law of cause and effect which makes the dream of the dreamer come true. It is the law of visualization — the law that calls into being in this outer material world everything that is real in the inner world. Imagination pictures the thing you desire. VISION idealizes it. It reaches beyond the thing that IS, into the conception of what can be. Imagination gives you the picture. Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own. Make your mental image clear enough, picture it vividly in every detail, and the Genie-of-your-Mind will speedily bring it into being as an everyday reality. This law holds true of everything in life. The keynote of successful visualization is this: See things as you would have them be instead of as they are. Close your eyes and make clear mental pictures. Make them look and act just as they would in real life. In short, day dream — but day dream with a purpose. Concentrate on the one idea to the exclusion of all others, and continue to concentrate on that one idea until it has been accomplished. Visit Our Sponsor: Shop Carbona.com with the coupon code LIVING for 20% off.
July 23, 2019
Listen to episode 390 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Attract All the Good Things of Life. Edited and adapted from The Secret of the Ages by Robert Collier. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: William James, the world-famous Harvard psychologist, estimated that the average person uses only 10% of their mental power. We have unlimited power — yet we use but a tiny portion of it. Unlimited wealth is all about us, and we don’t know how to take hold of it. With giant-like powers slumbering within us, we are content to continue in our daily grind — eating, sleeping, working — plodding through an existence little more eventful than the animals' — while all of Nature, all of life, calls upon us to awaken, to bestir ourselves! The power to be what you want to be, to get what you desire, to accomplish whatever you are striving for, abides within you. It rests with you only to bring it forth and put it to work. Of course you must know how to do that, but before you can learn how to use it, you must realize that you possess this power. So our first objective is to get acquainted with this power within. Psychologists and metaphysicians the world over agree: the Mind is what counts. You can be whatever you make up your mind to be. Within you is a power which, properly grasped and directed, can lift you out of the rut of mediocrity and place you among the best who live: the entrepreneurs and scientists, the writers and artists, the doctors and teachers— the DOERS and the THINKERS. It rests with you only to learn to use this power which is yours. Visit Our Sponsor Blinkist at Blinkist.com/living to start a free 7 day trial.
July 18, 2019
Listen to episode 389 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Meditations on Living a Joyful & Creative Life. Edited and adapted from Happiness Road by Alice Hegan Rice. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: “Dare to launch out on life's uncharted sea, for in you the Great Pilot, the Great Adventurer, the Great Poet, the Great Inventor, the Great Musician, the Great Artist, is making Its quest for individual experience. Genius springs from the soul that dares to drink at the fountains of inspiration in the Garden of Life.” Whatever discouragement we may feel as to our ability to be of use in the world should be minimized when we realize that no one has ever had our exact inheritance and environment, and that we may be fitted to perform a task no one else can accomplish. Such a thought fires the imagination and makes us eager to discover just what our peculiar mission in the world may be. The instinct to create springs directly out of the unconscious mind. And the finer the model presented, the finer the thing produced. Thomas Edison said: "As I analyze my reactions to thoughts and ideas which appear in my mind, I feel that the mere fact that I have an idea is proof that the same source that gave me the idea will also show me how to work it out, provided I hold on." Go to SimpleHabit.com/living to get 30% off a premium subscription to their powerful guided meditation app.
July 16, 2019
Listen to episode 388 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Overcoming Loneliness & Enjoying Solitude. Edited and adapted from Happiness Road by Alice Hegan Rice. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you’ve been thinking about getting some Book Zen apparel for the summer, now is the time. Our store at Design By Humans is offering 15% off (plus free worldwide shipping) on our Book of Zen t-shirts, tank tops, and sweatshirts. Make an inspirational fashion statement with our Book of Zen designs, each one featuring an original saying written by yours truly. Go to BookofZen.com/sale to check out all available designs and apparel. To get the 15% discount and free worldwide shipping, use the coupon code: DONUTS. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Happiness Road by Alice Hegan Rice, published in 1942. One of the hardest stretches we are called upon to tread in life is the one we travel alone. As long as we march shoulder to shoulder with a comrade, we can often make the grade. But in the deepest experiences that the soul can know, we must, of necessity, go alone. The tragic loss by death of loved ones, the permanent physical separation or spiritual estrangement from friends, the isolation caused by prolonged illness, come to us all and must be accepted with what faith and courage we can muster. The primordial need for companionship, for understanding, seldom finds its perfect fulfilment. Often the greatest individuals are the loneliest, rising like mountain peaks in solitary grandeur above their fellow citizens.
July 11, 2019
Listen to episode 387 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Travel on Happiness Road. Edited and adapted from Happiness Road by Alice Hegan Rice. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: What is the true nature of happiness? We know one thing for certain. Happiness is not a mere temporary, selfish pleasure that excites and exhilarates for a moment, but it lies in a state of mind. Also we know that there is a technique in attaining it. Yet while we devote years to the study of the arts, we give little attention to the most important of all the arts: that of achieving a happy life. There are brilliant men and women the world over who have attained greatness in their respective fields, yet who in their secret souls are dissatisfied, thwarted, and disillusioned. They have been so busy achieving personal ambitions that they have overlooked the supremely enjoyable obligation of finding happiness. On the other hand there are radiant personalities who go singing their way through life, sometimes under the most trying circumstances, yet whose very happiness helps and blesses all with whom they come in contact. They have learned that happiness is a by-product of right living and thinking. In ordinary circumstances, we start out in life being happy. Children are happy under a blazing tropic sun or in the freezing blasts of the arctic. They build toy houses on the edge of a volcano or play tag on a battlefield. But with maturity comes knowledge and with knowledge fear. It is then that we must trust no longer to Nature, but consciously take control of our lives and live according to a fixed purpose. Go to SimpleHabit.com/living to get 30% off a premium subscription to their powerful guided meditation app.
July 9, 2019
Listen to episode 386 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Awakening the Beauty & Greatness Within You. Edited and adapted from The Hidden Happiness by Stephen Berrien Stanton. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Many are the beings in us that are never born — many the lives beating their wings against our bars, seeking a freedom that we forbid. Until some enthusiasm is unleashed within us, we do not realize how partially, how timidly we have lived. We are “used up” not by what uses us, but by what wastes us. Variety of work makes us untiring, just as we never weary of nature’s greenery. Time brings fulfilment only to that which fills time to the full. There need be no fear of outcome when all our powers are engaged. Whatever mode of life gives play to our largest interests is our proper field of endeavor. We are cut out for the career that inspires our enthusiasm. If we have been our most, we shall have done our best. The goal of life is immanent in each moment (each thought, word, and act) and does not have to be sought apart from these things. It consists in no specific achievement but the state of mind in which everything is done, the quality that is infused into existence. The function of you and I is not to attain an object but to fulfill a purpose; not to accomplish but to be accomplished. Visit Our Sponsor: Shop Carbona.com with the coupon code LIVING for 20% off.
July 4, 2019
Listen to episode 385 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Motivation for Confidence, Courage & Leadership. Edited and adapted from The Conquest of Worry by Orison Swett Marden. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Courage is the ability to continue to struggle in spite of setbacks, the determination to triumph over difficulties which most people would consider impossible. The real measure of a person is shown by their power of resistance, the point at which their courage breaks or doesn’t break. History is full of the deeds of men and women who won out against heavy odds through their indomitable wills. If you can continue to struggle in spite of reverses, if you can keep the flag of courage flying through the darkest days of your life, no enemy can defeat you. To cultivate courage, you must think courage, you must hold the courage ideal. To be a king or queen, you must think like a king or queen. To be brave, you must think courageous thoughts. Like creates like. The constant affirmation of power will create power. Courage is a confidence born of a consciousness of power. It is an overpowering belief in your ability to meet any and all emergencies, to cope with obstacles, to master every situation that may confront you. You can cultivate courage through self-respect, self-faith, self-confidence. Anything which makes you think more of your ability, gives you more courage. No one can be courageous who does not believe in themselves. The first 50 listeners who go to SimpleHabit.com/living will get 30% off their premium subscription.
July 2, 2019
Listen to episode 384 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Enlarge Your Mind & More Abundant Life. Edited and adapted from Thinking for Results by Christian D. Larson. Inspirational Podcast Transcript: The attitude of kindness is one of the greatest states of mind. Kindness enlarges our inner awareness, thus promoting the enlargement and expression of life. It also creates the tendency to give one's best, and there is nothing that brings forth greater life and power so quickly and completely as giving your best in all things and at all times. Both the soul and the mind, with all their powers and possibilities, tend to unfold themselves through the actions of a strong, whole-souled attitude of kindness. In fact, no one can begin to unfold a larger life and receive the greater richness from within until they begin to give (through the attitude of kindness) all that which they already have in their personality. And the more you give of the richness of your own life, ability, and power, the more you will receive from the limitless realms within you. However, giving is not giving unless it comes from the heart, and it must invariably be an act of expression for some great purpose. Your expressions, either of thought or action, will not open the way for inner unfoldment unless you give richly through a fuller and larger expression. And in all such expressions, you must feel kindly. Visit Our Sponsor Blinkist at Blinkist.com/living to start a free 7 day trial.
June 27, 2019
Listen to episode 383 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Power of Now | Living Life to the Fullest. Edited and adapted from The Joys of Living by Orison Swett Marden. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: The reason why our lives can, at times, feel disappointing and ineffective, is because we do not really live in the day. We do not concentrate our energy, our ambition, our attention, our enthusiasm, upon the day we are living. Resolve to enjoy yourself today. Enjoy today, and do not let the shadows of tomorrow, the forebodings, and the things you dread, rob you of what is yours today — your inalienable right to be happy today. Just have a little heart-to-heart talk with yourself every morning, and say: "It does not matter what comes or what goes today, what happens or what does not happen, there is one thing of which I am sure, and that is, I am going to get the most possible out of the day. I am not going to allow anything to rob me of my happiness. I do not care what comes; I shall not allow any annoyance, any happening, any circumstance which may cross my path today, to rob me of my peace of mind.  I will not be unhappy today, no matter what occurs. I am going to enjoy the day to its full, live the day completely. This day shall be a complete day in my life. I shall not allow the enemies of my happiness to mar it. No misfortune in the past, nothing which has happened to me in days gone by, which has been disagreeable or tragic, no enemies of my happiness, shall be a guest in my spirit's sacred enclosure today. Only happy thoughts, joy thoughts — only the friends of my peace, comfort, happiness, and success — shall find entertainment in my soul this day. Visit Our New Sponsor Simple Habit and Get 30% Off Their Premium Subscription at: SimpleHabit.com/living.
June 25, 2019
Listen to episode 382 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Learning from Criticism | Personal Development. Edited and adapted from A Life of Character by J.R. Miller. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you have benefitted from this podcast and would like to support us with a one-time donation, you can do so by visiting LivingHour.org/donate. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from A Life of Character by J.R Miller, published in 1894. Perfection in life and character, should be the aim of everyone. Our prayer should ever be, to be fashioned into spotless beauty. No matter what the cost may be, we should never shrink from anything that will teach us a new lesson, or put a new touch of loveliness into our character. We get our lessons from many teachers. We read in books, beautiful lines which set great tasks of attainment before us. We see in other lives, lovely things which inspire in us noble longings. We learn by experience, and we grow by exercise. We may get many a lesson, too, from those among whom we live. People ought to be a means of grace to us. Mere contact of life with life is refining and stimulating. The world, of course, is not always friendly to us. It is not disposed always to pat us on the back, or to pet and praise us. One of the first things a young person learns when they leave home, where everyone doted on them — is that they must submit to criticism and opposition. Not everything they do receives commendation. But this very condition is healthy. Our growth is much more wholesome in such an atmosphere, than where we have only adulation and praise. We ought to get profit from criticism. Two pairs of eyes should see more than one. None of us have all the wisdom there is in the world. However wise any of us may be, there are others who know some things better than we know them, and who can make valuable and helpful suggestions to us — at least concerning some points of our work.
June 20, 2019
Get inspired with episode 381 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Cultivate the Spirit of True Happiness. Edited and adapted from Happiness by Hugh Black. Visit Our Sponsor: Shop Carbona.com with the coupon code LIVING for 20% off. Inspirational Podcast Transcript: Happiness is the net result of an individual’s whole reaction to life. It is an inward state, affected no doubt by outward conditions, but not completely dependent on them. It is a feeling of the heart, and an attitude of the soul. Life is not a matter of surroundings merely, and a change of environment will not give a change of self. In the busy market, in a crowded street, with the roar of life in the ears and brain, people have known an interior peace that nothing could disturb. So, when we speak of the foes of happiness, we are forced to look deeper than to outward fortune. We have to look within, where each must find the fountain of good for themselves. Happiness or unhappiness depends much on disposition, and disposition means the way we look at things and the way we comport ourselves. In common speech we say of a person that they are their own worst enemy, or that they are the enemy of no one but themselves. It suggests that the problem is a deeper one than one of environment. There are two factors often overlooked when dealing with this subject. One is that perhaps the biggest part of a person’s environment is themselves. After all, I have to live with myself, and I may be a difficult person to live with. I have to submit to the influence of my own thoughts, and habits, and general view of life.
June 18, 2019
Listen to episode 380 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Wisdom of Nikola Tesla | My Inventions. Edited and adapted from the writing of Nikola Tesla. Inspirational Podcast Transcript: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. A special thanks to our newest patrons Stanley Oahimin and Daniel McGehee. By becoming patrons, Stanley and Daniel now get access to 100 additional podcasts from our archive that are no longer available in our current public list — as well as full transcripts to every episode. To get that same access, become our patron today. You can do so for as little as $3 a month. Learn more at LivingHour.org/patron. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from the writings of Nikola Tesla. “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.” “The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and yet be quite insane.” “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”  “If your hate could be turned into electricity, it would light up the whole world.” “Be alone, that is the secret of invention. Be alone, that is when ideas are born.” “My brain is only a receiver. In the Universe, there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength, and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists.” “What we now want is closer contact and a better understanding between individuals and communities all over the earth, and the elimination of egoism and pride, which is always prone to plunge the world into primeval barbarism and strife... Peace can only come as a natural consequence of universal enlightenment.” “Everyone should consider their body as a priceless gift from one whom they love above all — a marvelous work of art, of indescribable beauty, and a mystery beyond human conception, one so delicate that a word, a breath, a look, nay, a thought may injure it.”
June 13, 2019
Listen to episode 379 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Succeed in Business and Life. How to Develop Your Will Power by Clare Tree Major. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Get the best of our podcast in heirloom hardcover or e-book by visiting the website InspirationalLifeLessons.com. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from How to Develop Your Will Power by Clare Tree Major, published in 1920. Many years ago I went to see an Indian scholar give a lecture on reincarnation. He said that the real, indestructible You, the self, is like a person shut up in a tall tower, and that each recurring life is another window let into the tower, giving you more and more light on your own problems, while at the same time opening up to your enlightened gaze a greater and greater stretch of the landscape of truth. This same analogy might apply equally well to our inner and hidden lives. Each physical, emotional, or mental attribute we bring under the control of our Self is another window let into the dark tower of our imprisonment, a window which not only gives you light with which to clearly and truthfully view the world, but through which also may shine some glimmer of the glory of the triumphant indwelling Self. The quality of pure matter is Inertia. The quality of pure spirit is Energy. From a combination of the two, worlds are made. You are a world in yourself. You are in your human life a combination of these fundamental parts: spirit and matter. You reflect their fundamental characteristics: Energy and Inertia. That is the beginning and end of your fight: to bring spirit triumphant from under the yoke of matter — to DO, not to give in. When you put off something until tomorrow that you should do at once, you are giving the reins of self-government into the hands of the material part of you. You are obeying the commands of Inertia. When you take the reins into your own hands, with the definite determination to guide your own life, you are employing the unconquerable force of Energy. You must choose. And the one who thrusts themselves to the very topmost rung of the ladder in life is not the one who chooses Inertia. You must either sink with your choice of the material, or rise with your choice of spirit. The knife is not sharpened on wood, or the soft things of life. It must be ground on a stone which is harder than itself. So must you, even though the grinding process may sometimes hurt.
June 11, 2019
Listen to episode 378 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Overcoming Disability & Infirmity | Inspirational Stories. Edited and adapted from The Book of Courage by William James Dawson. Inspirational Podcast Transcript: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If our podcast has inspired you to live a happier, more successful, life, please do let us know by leaving a review at the iTunes store, or you can also email me directly at living[at]livinghour.org. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Book of Courage by William James Dawson, published in 1911. IT is a common saying that health is one of those possessions that is not valued until it is lost. Like sunshine, fresh air, water, and sleep, it seems less a boon bestowed than our natural heritage. We assume that it is ours beyond all threat of loss, and this in spite of a hundred instances to the contrary. Few people, in estimating the manifold perils of life, trouble themselves over the possibility of a sudden infirmity. And yet the risk is always there. Now, let us say that this risk turns to reality and some permanent, physical disability afflicts us. What then? Is that the end of our hopes and dreams? No, not ever. History has shown us countless examples of individuals who have, by sheer force of will, made their bodies serve them, and compelled frail or damaged physical machinery to accomplish great purposes. One popular theory of personality represents the body as a kind of house into which there is introduced a spiritual tenant, commonly known as the Soul. The soul is not so much born with the body as injected into it. It possesses the body, but is no more of the substance of the body than I am of the substance of the bricks, mortar, marble, glass, or woodwork that combine to give me shelter. This is not only a noble theory, but it is patently a fact. I am represented to the casual observer by my body, and (as like as not) misrepresented. The body is, in reality, no more than a means to an end — just as writing is not thought, but the means of thought. What is more natural than that this personality or soul of mine should be able to impose its will upon the body, and even to overrule its frailties and infirmities?
June 6, 2019
Listen to episode 377 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Courageous Heart | Developing Your Force & Energy. Edited and adapted from Courage by Charles Wagner. Visit Our Sponsor: Shop Carbona.com with the coupon code LIVING for 20% off. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: The chief concern of every living creature is to live. To live as well (and as fully as possible) is our primordial instinct — the eternal spring which is hidden beneath all our fleeting aspirations. It is the motive power which drives the world. Everything obeys it: the blade of wheat piercing through the earth and greeting the sun for the first time; the little chicken just freed from the shell; the child opening its young soul to the influences of life on every side. It is true that people sometimes says that life is an evil thing, and that it would be better if it were not. However, this does not hinder the continuance of life; this does not stop the great invisible impulse which makes for existence; this does not destroy the bacteria of the earth, nor the prodigious life of the ocean. Life IS: that is the chief fact of the universe; and the vast majority of beings not only accept it, but cling to it with courage or despair. It is not enough, however, to simply live. The important thing is to live well. The question of living well or badly does not exist for those creatures who are guided by vague instincts, and who could not do otherwise than they do. On the other hand, this question is of paramount importance to you and I.
June 4, 2019
Listen to episode 376 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Journey of Life | The Cheerful Traveler. Edited and adapted from The Palace of Mirrors and Other Essays by Joseph Frank Thompson. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. To watch free fireside chat versions of our podcast, subscribe to our YouTube channel at: LivingHour.org/youtube. Or just go to YouTube and search for the Inspirational Living podcast. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Palace of Mirrors and Other Essays by Joseph Frank Thompson, published in 1891. There is an old Turkish proverb that says, “During the pilgrimage, everything does not suit the taste of the pilgrim." When making a long journey on foot, we enjoy many pleasures and endure many discomforts. No two days (and scarcely any two hours of the same day) are precisely alike. The scenery is sometimes varied and interesting; while at other times it is uniform and tiresome. There are long stretches where the road is shaded by trees, and the air is cool with morning dew and sweet with the breath of flowers. And there are also places where we are parched with heat and choked with dust. Frequently we fall in with companions whose sympathy increases our pleasure, or whose cheerfulness makes us forgetful of our hard-ships. And occasionally we are quite alone, or would like to be and cannot, which is worse. Such things are to be expected. They happen to every traveler. And the sum of our pleasures will be greater or less according to the kind of experience upon which our disposition inclines us to dwell. It is so in the journey of life. The one, like the other, has its rough places and its smooth. And no traveler can hope to escape its hardships while enjoying its delights. It lies amid scenes of grandeur and beauty. But it also traverses many regions that are wasted and desolate.
May 30, 2019
Listen to episode 375 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Inspiring Others Rather Than Judging Them. Edited and adapted from A Life of Character by J.R. Miller. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. With high school and college graduations happening soon, let me remind you that our book Evergreen: 50 Inspirational Life Lessons makes for a wonderful graduation gift — the kind of gift that a young adult will treasure for a lifetime. Get your copy in heirloom hardcover by visiting InspirationalLifeLessons.com. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from: A Life of Character by J.R. Miller, published in 1894. It is better to have eyes for beauty — than for blemish. It is better to be able to see the roses — than the thorns. It is better to have learned to look for things to commend in others — than for things to condemn. Of course other people have faults, and we are not blind. But then we have faults of our own, and this should make us charitable. There is a divine teaching on this subject. Jesus said, "Do not judge, or you too will be judged." But we need to understand just what those words mean. After all, we cannot help judging others. We should be able to read people’s character, and to know whether they are good or bad. As we watch another person’s acts, we cannot help forming opinions about them. And the stronger in character that we grow, the keener will be our moral judgments. We are not bidden to shut our eyes, and be blind to people's faults and sins. What, then, did Jesus mean by those words? He meant to warn us about making uncharitable judgments. We are not to look for the evil in others. We are not to see others through the warped glasses of prejudice and unkindly feeling. We are not to take on the function of judges, as if people were answerable to us. We are to avoid a critical or censorious spirit. Nothing is said against speaking of the good in those we see and know. It is uncharitable judging and speaking, which Jesus condemns.
May 28, 2019
Get inspired with episode 374 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Authenticity & The Courage to Be Who You Are. Edited and adapted from Gaining the Round Above by Gustavus S. Kimball. Visit Our Sponsor: Shop Carbona.com with the coupon code LIVING for 20% off. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Courage is the spirit to begin, and the determination to pursue what has been begun — to do that which is right at all hazards and at any cost. The greater part of the courage that is needed in the world, however, is not of the heroic kind. Courage may be displayed in everyday life, as well as on heroic fields of action. Our common need is for the courage to be honest, the courage to speak the truth, the courage to be what we really are, and not to pretend to be what we are not.   Remember also that it is OPPORTUNITY that makes you and your fortune, provided you have learned how to take advantage of the opportunity. Opportunity comes sooner or later to everyone, but rare is the person who is ready to seize it. It is not luck or natural brilliancy which puts one individual so far ahead in places of trust and honor. You will find they achieved their success by educated and well-directed energy. For the well-equipped person, the best prizes of life are not hard to obtain, because so few can grasp them. But even if the competition was severe, to the resolute, this should sharpen their efforts rather than weaken them.  Is it possible for a person of ordinary abilities to attain success today? Most emphatically, yes. Never in the history of this country were there greater opportunities than today. But what the world demands are people of character and preparation.
May 23, 2019
Listen to episode 373 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Foundation Stones: True Speech & Actions. Edited and adapted from Foundation Stones to Happiness and Success by James Allen. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you enjoy our podcast, please help us spread the word by sharing your favorite episodes on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Foundation Stones to Happiness and Success, by James Allen, published in 1913. Following the Right Principles and Methods come True Actions. One who is striving to grasp true principles, and work with sound methods, will soon come to see that the details of conduct cannot be overlooked — that, indeed, those details are fundamentally distinctive or creative, according to their nature. They are, therefore, of deep significance and importance. As you acquire this insight, your progress will become more rapid, your pathway in life more sure, your days more serene and peaceful. In all things, you will go the true and direct way, untroubled by the external forces that play about you. Not that you will be indifferent to the welfare and happiness of those around you; that is quite another thing. But you will be indifferent to their opinions, to their ignorance, to their ungoverned passions. True actions may easily be distinguished from false by all who wish to do so. As in the material world, we distinguish things by their form, color, size, etc. — choosing those things which we require, and putting aside those things which are not useful to us. So, in the spiritual world of deeds, we can distinguish between those that are bad and those that are good by their nature, their aim, and their effect — and can choose and adopt those that are good, and ignore those that are bad. In all forms of progress, avoidance of the bad always precedes acceptance and knowledge of the good — just as a child at school learns to do their lessons correctly by having repeatedly pointed out to them how they have done them wrong.
May 21, 2019
Listen to episode 372 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Foundation Stones to Happiness and Success by James Allen. Edited and adapted from a book by the same name by James Allen. Visit Our Sponsor: Shop Carbona.com with the coupon code LIVING for 20% off. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: It is wise to know what comes first, and what to do first. To begin anything in the middle or at the end is to make a muddle of it. The athlete who begins by breaking the tape would not receive the prize. They must begin by facing the starter and toeing the mark — and even then a good start is important if they are to win. The young student does not begin with algebra and literature, but with counting and ABC. So in life – the business people who begin at the bottom achieve the more enduring success; and the religious people who reach the highest heights of spiritual knowledge and wisdom are they who have stooped to serve a patient apprenticeship to the humbler tasks, and have not scorned the common experiences of humanity, or overlooked the lessons to be learned from them. The first things in a sound life (and therefore in a truly happy and successful life) are right principles. Without right principles to begin with, there will be wrong practices to follow with, and a bungled and wretched life to end with. All the infinite variety of calculations which tabulate the commerce and science of the world, come out of the ten numerals; all the hundreds of thousands of books which constitute the literature of the world (and perpetuate its thought and genius) are built up from the twenty-six letters.
May 16, 2019
Listen to episode 371 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Motivation for Ambition, Determination & Accomplishment. Edited and adapted from Stepping Stones to Success by Horace D. Hitchcock. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. You know, life is full of problems, big and small. I often provide you with the inspiration for solving the larger problems in your life, but there are many daily, more mundane, problems that need solutions too. For example, stains: carpet stains — stains on shirts, pants, and other clothing. That is where our new sponsor Carbona comes in. They have been helping people live a “Life Unstained” for more than a century. I’ve been testing their products for the past couple weeks, and I’ve been truly impressed. They have a wide range of stain removal products — from their famous Stain Devil line that targets the EXACT type of stain you want removed to a 2 in 1 carpet cleaner and more. All of their stain removers are rigorously and scientifically tested to do the job well — as my own personal experience can confirm. So, if you are ready to live a life unstained, shop Carbona.com today. And use the coupon code LIVING for 20% off. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Stepping Stones to Success by Horace D. Hitchcock, published in 1916. There can be no accomplishment in life without ambition. It's the great and all-powerful incentive to succeed. Ambition is the dynamo of human energy. It comes from within and is confined to the soul's own limitations. You have ambition and so has everyone— to some degree. It is that something deep down in your own nature that says: "Go you, and do it." Ambition and determination are playmates. Success itself comes surely and quickly to those who have ambition backed by an unwavering determination. Your aim in life is to accomplish something, and that something must be the combination of your opportunity and ambition. Your aim is to do something well; and to do it well you must have force behind every stroke. If you put a stone into the ground, it will obey the law of gravitation and remain there forever. When you bury an acorn it will accede to a higher law and grow up by a vital force enclosed in its tiny walls. Nature has whispered into the ears of all life: "Grow up!" Your ambition seed is securely planted within you, and its development can be promoted through a combination of physical and mental qualities — the physical to produce energy that is physical, and the mental to guide all in the proper channels.
May 14, 2019
Listen to episode 370 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: The Dignity & Power of Honest Work. Edited and adapted from The Royal Path of Life by T.L. Haines and L.W. Yaggy. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Learn how you can transform your personal and professional life in 30 days with our Majesty Meditation program. Go to LivingHour.org/majesty. And use the coupon code INSPIRATION for 30% off the $11.99 purchase price. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Royal Path of Life by T. L. Haines and L. W. Yaggy, published in 1882. There is dignity in labor — in toil of the hand as well as toil of the head — in toil to provide for the bodily wants of an individual life, as well as in toil to promote some enterprise of world-wide fame. All labor that tends to supply our wants, to increase our happiness, to elevate our nature (in a word, all labor that is honest) is honorable too. Labor clears the forest, and drains the swamp, and makes "the wilderness rejoice and blossom as a rose." Labor drives the plow, scatters the seeds, reaps the harvest, grinds the corn, and converts it into bread, the staff of life. Labor provides daily sustenance to the thousand millions of the human family. Labor gathers the gossamer web of the caterpillar, the cotton from the field, and the fleece from the flock, and weaves it into raiment soft, warm, and beautiful —the purple robe of royalty and the gray gown of the peasant being alike in its handiwork. Labor molds the brick, splits the slate, quarries the stone, shapes the column, and rears not only the humble cottage, but the gorgeous palace, the tapering spire, and the stately dome. Labor (diving deep into the solid earth) brings up its long-hidden stores of coal to feed ten thousand furnaces, and power the electricity of millions of homes. Labor explores the rich veins of deeply-buried rocks, extracting the gold and silver, the copper and tin. Labor smelts the iron, and molds it into a thousand shapes for use and ornament — from the massive pillar to the tiniest needle, from the ponderous anchor to the wire gauze, from the mighty fly-wheel of the steam-engine to the polished ring on the finger.
May 9, 2019
Listen to episode 369 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Imagination Rules the World | Habits of Mind. Edited and adapted from Stepping Stones to Success by Horace D. Hitchcock. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Coming up this weekend on Our Sunday Talks, I’ll be reading from Chapter 3 of my book The Lord’s Prayer for Daily Life, where I examine the meaning of the phrase “Thy Kingdom Come”.  To learn how you can gain access to the Our Sunday Talks series, please visit LivingHour.org/patron. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Stepping-Stones to Success by Horace D. Hitchcock, published in 1916. "Imagination rules the world,” said Napoleon, and it is true that this quality of mind has been a notable factor in the success of all great men and women. Each one of us possesses the quality in some degree, and it should be cultivated. A common understanding of imagination implies its relation to something fanciful, unreal, impossible — as in the case of the imagination of a novelist. But all imagination is based on actualities. Exaggerated imaginations often produce improbabilities, but they are never wholly lacking in possibilities. The faculty of imagination should not be considered as a part of the mental equipment needed only by artists, musicians, poets, and writers. It is utilized in everyday life, in all fields of endeavor. It often forms the the root of happiness and prosperity for many who realize its possibilities. Great happiness comes often through a well-developed imagination. Through it, we can overlook the commonplace — and color the dull, uninteresting things of life into things of beauty and delight. It then becomes a great power for contentment and joy — and who is there who is not always seeking contentment?
May 7, 2019
Listen to episode 368 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Joys of Living Now | How to be Happy. Edited and adapted from The Joys of Living by Orison Swett Marden. Be sure to visit today's sponsor Audible for the most inspiring minds, the most compelling stories. The best place to listen to audiobooks. Get started with a 30-day trial when you go to Audible.com/inspirational. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: If an alien from some other planet were to visit Earth, they would probably think that our people were all en route to something beyond, some other destination, and that where they happen to be living now is merely a way station, a place to unpack only so much luggage as they need for a temporary stay. The visitor would find that very few people actually live in the here and now — that most people's gaze is fixed upon something beyond, something to come. So many of us today are not really settled, do not really live in the now, but we are sure we WILL live tomorrow, or next year, when business is better, our fortunes greater: when we move into our new house, get our new furnishings, our new car, get rid of things that annoy us, and have everything around us to make us comfortable. THEN we will be happy. But we are not really enjoying ourselves today. Our eyes are so focused upon the future, upon some goal in the beyond, that we do not see the beauties and the glories all about us. Our eyes are not focused upon the things near us, but those far away. We get so accustomed to living in our imagination, and anticipation, that we lose much of our power of enjoying the here and the now. We are living for tomorrow, and yet, "When tomorrow comes it will still be tomorrow!" We are like children chasing a rainbow. We spend our lives trading in "futures," building air-castles. We never believe that we have yet reached the years of our finest living, but we always feel sure that that ideal time of life is coming.
May 2, 2019
Listen to episode 367 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Art of Clear Thinking. Edited and adapted from Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. You can now support our podcast by purchasing our new official podcast t-shirt. Check out the new design by visiting LivingHour.org/clothing. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude by Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone. You have heard me say in the past that you are what you think. But what DO you think? How orderly are your thought processes? How straight is your thinking? And how clean are your thoughts? There are certain mental cobwebs that clutter up the thinking of almost everyone, even the most brilliant minds. Negative feelings, emotions, passions — habits, beliefs and prejudices. Our thoughts become entangled in these webs. Sometimes we have undesirable habits and we want to correct them. And there are times when we are strongly tempted to do wrong. Then, like an insect caught in a spider's web, we struggle to get free. Our conscious will is in conflict with our imagination and the will of our subconscious mind. The more we struggle, the more we become entrapped. However, we can avoid mental cobwebs. We can clear them. And we can sweep them away as they begin to develop. We can free ourselves when once enmeshed. And we can remain free by thinking accurately with a positive mental attitude. Accurate thinking is a critical success principle. To think accurately we must use reason. The science of reasoning or accurate thinking is called logic. One can learn it from books written specifically on this subject, such as: The Art of Clear Thinking, by Rudolf Flesch; Your Most Enchanted Listener by Wendell Johnson; Introduction to Logic by Irving Copi; and The Art of Straight Thinking by Edwin Leavitt Clarke. These books can be of immense practical help. But we don't act from reason alone. And action based on common sense is the result of more than just reason. It depends upon habits of thought and action, intuitions, experiences, and other influences such as tendencies and environment.
April 30, 2019
Listen to episode 366 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Forget the Past | Go forward Boldly. Edited and adapted from Go Forward by J.R. Miller. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you’re a regular listener of this podcast, you’ve heard me talk about Blinkist, the knowledge-boosting app that takes the best key takeaways from thousands of books and condenses them down to 15 minutes of reading or listening time. That’s a big deal if you don’t have enough time to read all the books on your “must-read” list. With its audio feature, Blinkist makes it easy to finish 4 books a day while you areon the go. Over 8 million people are now taking advantage of Blinkist’s massive and growing library, which includes books on self-development, business, history, and healthy-living. Two books that you can find on Blinkist that I would personally recommend are How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie, and 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson. And, right now, for a limited time, Blinkist has a special offer for our listeners. Go to Blinkist.com/living to start a free 7 day trial. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Go Forward by J.R. Miller, published in 1909. We are constantly being told to remember, and urgently counselled not to forget. “It is perilous to forget the sins of the past,” people say. But there is a sense also in which our only hope is in forgetting. We never can get on to higher things if we insist on clinging to our past and carrying it with us. We can make progress only by forgetting. We can go forward only by leaving behind what is past. For instance, we must forget our mistakes. And there are many of them. We think of them in our serious moods, at the close of a year, when we are forced to review our past, or when some deep personal experience sets our life before us in retrospection. We sigh, " Oh, if I had not made that foolish decision; if I had not let that wrong person into my life; if I had not gone into that wretched business; if I had not blundered so in managing my affairs; if I had not taken that bad advice; how much better my life would have been!" Some people stew regretfully over last year’s mistakes the entire following year. They do little but fret over their errors all the months which they ought to make bright with better things, nobler achievements, loftier attainments. But what good comes of it? Worry undoes no folly, corrects no mistakes, brings back nothing we have lost. A year of fretting sets us no farther forward.
April 25, 2019
Listen to episode 365 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Lifelong Ambitions | The Spirit to Keep Growing. Edited and adapted from Ambition and Success by Orison Swett Marden. Motivational Podcast Transcript: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Ambition and Success, by Orison Swett Marden, published in 1919. One of the saddest things in life is to see people who started out with high hopes and proud ambitions settle down in mediocre positions, half satisfied just merely to get a living, to plod along indifferently. What tragedy there is in being content with mediocrity, in getting into a state where one is indifferent to the larger, better things of life! When you are satisfied with the life you are living, with the work you are doing, with the thought you are thinking, with the dreams you are dreaming — satisfied with the character you are building, with your ideals — you may be sure that you are already beginning to deteriorate. There is little hope for the person who feels satisfied with themselves, who does not know, “the noble discontent that stirs the acorn to become an oak.” It is our ambition to improve something somewhere every day, to get a little further on and a little higher up than we were the day before — an insatiable passion for bettering things all along the line — that is the secret of human progress.
April 23, 2019
Listen to episode 364 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Self Respect & Living Up to Our Better Selves. Edited and adapted from Work by Hugh Black. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. If you would like to support our podcast with a one-time donation, you can do so by visiting LivingHour.org/donate. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from the book entitled Work by Hugh Black, published in 1903. Life is more than money and trade, more than business and cash transactions. If there were not more than this in our lives (nobler thoughts and larger endeavors), society could not have existed for so long. No individual can be wholly paid in money for their work, if it be true work. We cannot buy love, nor pay for it — and without love in all its grades and forms, our social life, and even our business life, are failures. Faithful dealing between people cannot be bought and sold. Such work is a spiritual thing (as well as a material), and money has no currency in such trafficking. We need an ideal to save our lives from deadly dullness. We need the light of the ideal to inspire us and to ennoble our activities. Otherwise, what poor petty drudgery it all is, a meaningless bending of the neck to the yoke. We must make all our occupations truly spiritual, inspired by spiritual motives. To spiritual beings like you and I there is no detail of life which doesn’t have spiritual significance. And the failure of our days is due to our neglect of the unseen in dealing with the seen, our forgetfulness to live every common hour in the power of an endless life. Viewed practically, and put into simple language, the ideal of work is faithfulness — work done according to a high standard which we ourselves set up. The problem is that we have such easy and elastic consciences, and such low selfish standards! What will get by, what will do the turn, is often all that we aim at. We do not put our conscience into our work.
April 18, 2019
Listen to episode 363 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Henry Ward Beecher | Wisdom & Quotes. Edited from the works of Henry Ward Beecher. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. A special thanks to our newest patron Sharmaine Jennings. Coming up this Sunday, I’ll be starting again the series Our Sunday Talks, exclusively for patrons like Sharmaine. The first 13 episodes will be a complete reading of my book The Lord’s Prayer for Daily Life, a thought-provoking and non-dogmatic meditation of this beloved prayer. Learn how you can become our patron at: LivingHour.org/patron. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from the writings of Henry Ward Beecher.  “‎Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard taskmaster to yourself — and be lenient to everybody else.” “No person can tell whether they are rich or poor by turning to their bank book. It is in the heart that riches lie. You are rich according to what you are, not according to what he have.” “If you harbor any sort of fear, it percolates through all your thinking, damages your personality, makes you landlord to a ghost.” “The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” “We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.” “Never forget what someone says to you when they are angry — for that reveals their hidden feelings.” “Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house…A little library, growing larger every year, is an honorable part of a person's history. It is our duty to have books. A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life…..Books are the windows through which the soul looks out. A home without books is like a room without windows.”
April 16, 2019
Listen to episode 362 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Strenuous Life | Great Speeches, Essays, and Addresses. Edited from a speech by Theodore Roosevelt. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you have been inspired by our podcast, you can help us spread the word by sharing your favorite episodes on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from a speech delivered by Theodore Roosevelt in 1899. Today I would like to talk with you about the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes to the individual who shrinks not from danger, from hardship, nor from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph. A life of ignoble ease, a life of that peace which springs merely from lack of desire (or power to strive after great things) is as little worthy of a nation as of an individual. I ask only that what every self-respecting citizen demands from themselves and their children shall be demanded of the country as a whole. Who among us would teach their children that the easy life is to be the first consideration in their eyes, to be the ultimate goal after which they strive? If you are rich and are worth your salt, you will teach your children that though they may have leisure, it is not to be spent in idleness — for wisely-used leisure means merely that those who possess it (being free from the necessity of working for their livelihood) are all the more bound to carry on some kind of noble work in the sciences, the arts, in exploration of some kind — work of the type the world most needs, and the successful carrying out of which reflects great honor upon themselves and helps or inspires others. We do not admire the person of timid peace. We admire the individual who embodies victorious effort; the one who never wrongs their neighbor, who is prompt to help a friend, but who has those vigorous qualities necessary to win in the stern strife of actual life. It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
April 11, 2019
Listen to episode 361 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Road Signs on The Road to Happiness. Edited and adapted from Working With God by Gardner Hunting. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Visit our website BookofZen.com for inspirational t-shirts and gifts – all featuring my own original sayings inside a classic zen enso circle. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Working with God by Gardner Hunting, published in 1934. Did you ever start out on a road trip of a hundred miles or more, from a height which gave you a view of the whole road you had to travel, from beginning to end? It would be a high mountain indeed that would give you such a view. There are doubtless places in the Rockies from which we can see the country for long distances, sometimes perhaps for fifty miles, maybe much more. Sometimes the air is so clear that distant things seem much closer than they actually are. Sometimes we can actually see the road itself, its twists and turns, its straight stretches, its climbs and descents, its bridges, the towns along the way, even the detours, so far ahead that we can anticipate nearly all the conditions we shall have to meet on the way to where we plan to go. But usually the road ahead of us is not so clear. Usually we get out a road map and study it, and lay out our route by what somebody else (the mapmaker) tells us is the most practical, the most direct, the easiest way. Then we get reports from some website as to the condition of rods, shortcuts, points of interest, places to find food and shelter, the safe, comfortable highways to follow — all based on 1st-hand experience in driving over the route we intend to follow.
April 9, 2019
Listen to episode 360 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Secret of Doing Really Great Things. Edited and adapted from Working With God by Gardner Hunting. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. You know, I like reading all kinds of books, but lately I’ve been reading biographies of people who have achieved great things, whether it be in the arts, sciences, or business. If you don’t have the time to read the full autobiographies of great women and men, well, you don’t have to. Instead, you can check out Blinkist, the knowledge-boosting app that takes the best key takeaways, the need-to-know information, from thousands of nonfiction books and condenses them down into just 15 minutes of reading or listening time. Two very good biographies that you can find on Blinkist are Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson and Harriet Tubman (The Road to Freedom) by Catherine Clinton. Right now, for a limited time, Blinkist has a special offer for our audience. Go to Blinkist.com/living to start a free 7 day trial. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Working with God by Gardner Hunting, published in 1934. It is almost funny sometimes how we get ourselves all primed with good intentions to love and trust, to give out what we want to get back, to do unto others what we want them to do unto us, and then the minute we find some "trouble" bobbing up in an unexpected way, we get all upset, and confused, and scared, and grasp at the first thing that suggests itself for getting even, for getting our own way, for avoiding humiliation, for "saving face." It would be funny if it weren't so tragic! How we do despair at our failures, when we ought to laugh at ourselves. It seems sometimes that when troubles face us, our first impulse is to fight, resist, snarl, scratch, bite, strike, crush. We find it hard to understand why things have turned out the way they have. We grow desperate with a sense of our own uncontrollable emotions, our ingrained weaknesses, our wretched inconsistencies. If you are like me — or rather if I am like you (which I am inclined to believe I am) — we both often wish that we could find some idea to cling to, some phrase that we could repeat, some reminder of our principles that we could use on all occasions when "trouble" appears and that would start us off just right in dealing with it — some formula or recipe for immediate "first aid" that we might act upon until we had time to think, until we could bring up our reserves of experience and conviction and seasoned wisdom. Sometimes I think that that is what everybody wants most: a formula (a brief rule) for first aid when facing life’s problems.
April 4, 2019
Listen to episode 359 of the Inspirational Living podcast: What is a Life Worthwhile? | Finding Purpose. Edited and adapted from The Art of Being Alive by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. A special thanks to our newest patron Norman Grills. For those thinking about becoming a patron, you might be interested to know that I am going to be resuming the exclusive patron series Our Sunday Talks on Easter, April 21st. And the first episodes of the new series are going to be a complete reading of my book The Lord’s Prayer for Daily Life, which was published in 2008 and I am currently re-editing. You can gain access to the Our Sunday Talks series, as well as full transcripts to our entire podcast archive, for as little as $3 a month. Learn more by visiting LivingHour.org/patron. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from the book entitled The Art of Being Alive by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, published in 1914. "The Life Worthwhile" differs in the minds of individuals. That which seems worthwhile to one person may seem unendurable to another; and so any analysis of the subject must be made from a purely personal standpoint, and must not be considered an effort to lay down arbitrary laws for all people to follow. The scientist in the laboratory, the painter in the studio, the preacher in the pulpit, the lawyer in the courtroom, the teacher in the classroom, the carpenter on the building site, all feel that they are living a life worthwhile. And indeed so long as there is deep interest, enthusiasm, and pleasure in the life we are living that life is worthwhile. The world is made interesting by its variety of inhabitants, with their varying ideas and occupations. People it with one kind of human being, all bent on the same object and doing the same kind of work, or following the same kind of pleasure, and earth would become intolerably monotonous. Even the frivolous things, the mistaken things, and the wrong things which people do, are sometimes worthwhile because they lead those who are engaged in them to knowledge of their worthlessness.
April 2, 2019
Listen to episode 358 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How Successful People Think, Grow, and Win. Edited and adapted from How to Win Success by B.F. Austin. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: If that statement of the Bible is correct that says the individual who rules their own spirit is greater than one who takes a city, who shall say that the possession and retention of faith, hope, patience and love amidst life's trying scenes, is not as great an achievement as the building of the lofty pyramid. May there not be a majestic structure of character as well as of bricks and granite? Let us all then note the true standard of success. Let us seek especially the growth and development of our own powers — not despising great achievements (not unduly valuing achievements which the world calls great), but looking on them as no more, at best, than proofs of that spiritual unfoldment in which life's true success must always be found. How is Success Won? One great secret of success is found in Concentration. This consists in centering our thoughts upon a single object and holding this object in the mind's eye persistently. The thoughts, purposes, will power, effort and resources of every life should be united in some single great object. A life unified, united, concentrated, dominated by one great purpose, becomes mighty, while a life with a thousand diverging purposes must necessarily be weak. Gunpowder exploded in the open air is comparatively ineffective and harmless because the energy let loose takes a thousand different directions. So with the inherent energies of any life. Divide them and you weaken them. Unite them into one purpose, as the energy of gunpowder is united in the rifle barrel, and the effect is mighty.
March 28, 2019
Listen to episode 357 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Motivation for Initiative, Success & Concentration. Edited and adapted from Making the Grade by C.V. Mosby. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Now is your last chance to get all 3 of our inspirational eBooks, featuring the best of our podcast, totaling 150 life lessons, for just 10 dollars. To take advantage of this special ebook sale visit LivingHour.org/ten. The sale ends on Sunday. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Making the Grade by C.V. Mosby, published in 1917. Resistance gives way to superior force continuously applied upon a given point. This is a law of physics and also a law of life. Concentrate your energy and you burn a way through opposition. One of the chief difficulties in life consists of not being able to concentrate. Few people when they work throw their entire energy into the task. Go into a store or a factory and take note of the employees. You will find most of them working in a lackadaisical manner, doing just enough to keep up a semblance of being busy and thereby escape a reprimand from the manager. The clock is watched assiduously and as soon as closing time arrives, nothing can keep them one minute longer than is necessary to put their stocks in order and get away. Lack of concentration is one of the great contributing factors among those who cannot make the grade. Concentration is no easy task. It demands the most carefully trained will and a powerful determination. Thinking must always precede the act. If we act with concentration, we must think in the same way. And let it be said here that well-trained, concentrated thinking comes only after much effort has been expended upon it. To think correctly is hard work. If you do not believe me, try to concentrate your mind on a given object for five minutes; exclude all extraneous matter and think upon that one subject continuously. Try this for a time and you will be astounded at the magnitude of the task.
March 26, 2019
Listen to episode 356 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Generosity, Contentment & Companionship. Edited and adapted from Our Sunday Talks by James J. Owen. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast, brought to you by the generous financial support of listeners like you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Our Sunday Talks by James J. Owen, published in 1883. REAL, downright unselfish, generous natures ought to be more numerous than they are — that is, natures who can feel an unselfish joy in the prosperity of others, even though their own lot may be a hard one. Some people are so constituted that they are happy only in proportion as others are miserable. In other words, though they may possess a reasonable measure of wealth and those material things that are supposed by many to be wholly essential to happiness, their joy is dimmed in the presence of someone who possesses a larger measure of those same material goods. They must possess more than their neighbor, or else the mean little cross-eyed demon of envy nestles in their bosoms and robs them of their peace of mind. It requires no great amount of magnanimity of character to be generous to the downtrodden; but it does really take a large nature to be charitable and unselfishly generous towards the ostentatious and purse-proud — those people whose only merit is in the husk and not the kernel. We can all be generous towards the dead. Even those who in life we cared the least for (and who were least worthy of our respect) call forth a heart-throb of sympathy now that they are gone. It is only then that we think of their virtues, and even chide ourselves for not being more generous to their imperfections when living. What the world most needs is a spirit of humanity that can anticipate death in the exercise of nobler sympathy and charity — one that does not wait till the pale specter sets its seal upon the heart of a fellow being to send forth an impulse of sympathy on their behalf.
March 21, 2019
Listen to episode 355 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Rejuvenate Yourself | The Power of Silence. Edited and adapted from Growth in Silence, the Undertone of Life by Susanna Cocroft. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. I’d like to start today with a special announcement. Thanks to the generosity of our patrons, my daily video series 30 Seconds to a Beautiful Life is being made available to everyone on our YouTube Channel. This series was previously only for our patrons, but the feedback from them has been that it should be made available to everyone. So to view this daily motivational video series, subscribe to our YouTube Channel at LivingHour.org/youtube. To become a patron yourself, visit LivingHour.org/patron. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Growth in Silence, the Undertone of Life by Susanna Cocroft, published in 1917. What a breeze of pure exhilaration there is when we open the eastern windows of the morning to the new day! The new day! Its surface is unruffled! Yesterday has gone into the west — only the thoughts of that day which make for eternity have been traced upon its pages. The mantle of rest and silence has tenderly covered it, while the night has borne it hours away! The soft night wind has lulled it to dreamless, lasting sleep. Leave it in peace — today, tomorrow are before us. With the dew of morning, all vegetation drinks in new life, new growth. The buds fill the air with fragrance. The birds nigh burst their throats in the ecstasy of a new song. Life is swelling, pulsing, from every crack and crevice. Mental forces adjust themselves under the cover of the night, and thoughts (that in the evening were confused) by morning are clear and unruffled, ready for a fresh beginning. Do not stir up the contention of yesterday — carve the future on the clear surface of today. Have you awoken solitary and downcast, heavy hearted, with drooping shoulders, clouded face, and careworn brow — a discordant note, out of harmony with the song of the universe? Well, then lift your chest, head, and eyes — fill the lungs to overflowing with pure fresh air. Then be passive — listen.
March 19, 2019
Listen to episode 354 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Art of Happiness. Edited and adapted from the book Happiness by Hugh Black. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. The topic of today’s reading is the art of happiness. To explore additional advice (beyond our podcast) on how to achieve lasting happiness in your life, check out Blinkist, the knowledge-boosting app that takes the best key takeaways, the need-to-know information, from thousands of nonfiction books and condenses them down into just 15 minutes of reading or listening time. Two very good books on happiness that you can find on Blinkist are The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor and The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. Right now, for a limited time, Blinkist has a special offer for our audience. Go to Blinkist.com/living to start a free 7 day trial. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from the book “Happiness” by Hugh Black, published in 1911. There is an art of happiness, which is like the art of living. No list of rules can cover all the ground — for life does not go in straight lines, and never runs exactly according to schedule. There is also the personal equation, the peculiar angle from which each person looks at life. Now, it’s true that no art can be taught beyond certain broad principles and general rules. The rest has to come through constant practice and through the enrichment of the mind, aided by inspiration and example and a little counsel. It’s also true that some get more from teaching than others — though all can get something, if only through the opportunity to reconsider methods and examine results. Everyone will probably acknowledge that they have not completely mastered the art of happiness, and that they might have made more of their lives if they had known better. So, with that in mind, there are some general rules I’d like to lay down, each of which will apply to many people, though (of course) not to all.
March 12, 2019
Listen to episode 352 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Guardian Angels, Fairies & A Love That Lifts All. Edited and adapted from Little Builders by Dorothy Grenside. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. A special thanks to our newest patrons Mariama Alice Sheriff and Elaine Estenson. If you would like to give back to this podcast and financially support the work I do, please visit LivingHour.org/patron. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Little Builders by Dorothy Grenside, published in 1916. When those we love have laid aside their earthly coats and are what the world calls "dead," we speak of them as Angels, yet they were Angels just as much before. It was only that we could not see the shining of their Spirits, because an earthly coat lay in between. I want you always to remember to look inside the coat until you see the Angel's Light within, for an angel is only someone who is learning to bring God's message to others. Each Angel, in turn, is helped by others who are nearer to God, and they as well are guided by a Greater One above. There is no one, however frail or full of failure (no one however strong and pure of heart) who has no Guardian Angel to shelter them with wings of love. I think that if two people love, it is because their Angels have seen and loved each other first, and that a picture of their love reflects within the hearts of the children whom they guard. So, if you quarrel with the one you love, I fear you raise a veil of mist between these two Angels' faces. Mist: grey mist of quarreling and hate! Blow it away with a tender breath of Love and let the Sunlight of the Angels’ Joy be yours. Just as an Angel guards each one of us with loving, watchful care, so I think that a little spirit watches over every flower and tree — one who grieves when the flower is trampled on, or when the tree is rooted from the ground. I fancy that these little guardians paint each petal of a rose; perhaps they lays their color in the heart at eventide, and leave it through the summer night, until the tender dew washes the rosy stain throughout the opened petals.
March 7, 2019
Listen to episode 351 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Thoroughness: The Key to Success in Life. Edited and adapted from The Mastery of Destiny by James Allen. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. To celebrate the approach of Springtime, the season of rebirth, I have partnered up with Fiverr.com to offer a special deal on our inspirational e-books. That includes Evergreen: 50 Inspirational Life Lessons, Everest: 50 Motivational Life Lessons, and Evermore: 50 Life Lessons for Spiritual Growth. Right now you can get all three of these e-books together in one package for only $10. And for an extra $5 you can also get our MAJESTY meditation program. To take advantage of this special deal, go to LivingHour.org/ten. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from the Mastery of Destiny by James Allen, published in 1909. THOROUGHNESS consists in doing little things as though they were the greatest things in the world. That the little things of life are of primary importance, is a truth not generally understood. And the thought that little things can be neglected and thrown aside is at the root of that lack of thoroughness which is so common and results in imperfect work and unhappy lives. When you understand that the great things of the world, and of life, consist of a combination of small things, and that without this aggregation of small things the great things would be nonexistent, then you begin to pay careful attention to those things which you formerly regarded as insignificant. You thus acquire the quality of thoroughness, and become a person of usefulness and influence — for the possession or non-possession of this one quality may mean all the difference between a life of peace and power, and one of misery and weakness. Every employer knows how comparatively rare this quality is — how difficult it is to find people who will put thought and energy into their work, and do it completely and satisfactorily. Bad workmanship abounds. Skill and excellence are acquired by few. Thoughtlessness, carelessness, and laziness are such common vices that it shouldn’t appear strange that, in spite of "social reform," the ranks of the unemployed continue to swell — for those who skirt their work today will, another day (in an hour of deep necessity) look and ask for work in vain.
March 5, 2019
Listen to episode 349 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Inspiration for Perfect Poise & Personal Honor. Edited and adapted from The Mastery of Destiny by James Allen. Be sure to visit today's sponsor Audible for the most inspiring minds, the most compelling stories. The best place to listen to audiobooks. Get started with a 30-day trial when you go to Audible.com/inspirational. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Concentration is power. But dispersion is weakness. Destruction is a scattering, while preservation is a uniting process. Things are useful and thoughts are powerful to the degree that their parts are strongly and intelligently concentrated. Having a purpose is to have a highly concentrated thought. All the mental energies are directed to the attainment of an object, and obstacles which intervene between the thinker and the object are, one after another, broken down and overcome. Purpose is the keystone in the temple of achievement. It binds and holds together in a complete whole that which would otherwise lie scattered and useless. Empty whims, ephemeral fancies, vague desires, and half-hearted resolutions have no place in purpose. In the sustained determination to accomplish, there is an invincible power which swallows up all inferior considerations and marches direct to victory. All successful men and women are people of purpose. They hold fast to an idea, a project, a plan, and will not let it go. They cherish it, brood upon it, tend and develop it. And when assailed by difficulties, they refuse to be beguiled into surrender. Indeed, the intensity of the purpose increases with the growing magnitude of the obstacles encountered.
February 28, 2019
Listen to episode 348 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Inspiration for Perfect Poise & Personal Honor. Edited and adapted from Making the Grade by C.V. Mosby. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. For inspirational t-shirts and gifts, be sure to check out our website BookofZen.com. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Making the Grade by C.V. Mosby, published in 1917. BALANCE is necessary in all things. Nature demands and preserves an equilibrium. Get out of balance and you are in danger of a fall. A well-ordered and successful life consists of being able to preserve your poise, and keep it in tune and harmony with nature. Confusion is caused by a loss of mental balance, and failure comes to a life that is not well poised. It is amusing to see so much energy wasted upon things over which we have no control, like complaining about the weather. “This is the hottest day ever” is hurled at you again and again on a summer morning by some fuming, fussy neurotic — when a glance at the thermometer would convince anyone that the temperature is pretty normal. “I am dead tired, utterly worn out, worked to death,'' is said repeatedly, day after day, by people who are perfectly normal in every way except for a lack of poise. Haste, extravagant statements, fussing and fuming, does nothing but burn up your gasoline. You stand still all the time, but your engine is running at top speed. An engine needs a governor. Without it, the engine’s value is nil. Instead of serving us, it destroys. The same is true of life. Lack of poise, lack of perfect control of our emotions, lack of order and equanimity, and life becomes chaos. Nothing is accomplished. All the energy and efforts needed in climbing, in making the grades, are burned up while we stand still.
February 26, 2019
Listen to episode 347 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Motivation for Self-Confidence | Success Can Be Yours. Making the Grade by C.V. Mosby. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. The topic of today’s reading is the importance of having confidence in yourself. To explore additional advice on how to build self-confidence, check out Blinkist, the knowledge-boosting app that takes the best key takeaways, the need-to-know information, from thousands of nonfiction books and condenses them down into just 15 minutes of reading or listening time. Two excellent books on self-confidence that you can find on Blinkist are The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, and The Six Pillars of Self Esteem by Nathaniel Branden. Right now, for a limited time, Blinkist has a special offer for our audience. Go to Blinkist.com/living to start a free 7 day trial. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Making the Grade by C.V. Mosby, published in 1917. Faith in one's abilities has removed mountains. But lack of such faith fills one's life with swamps of despondency. You cannot climb successfully unless you have unbounded confidence in your ability to reach the top. Life is one constant succession of suggestions, and it bends in accordance with the trend of those suggestions. Self-confidence is an auto-suggestion that you have the ability to win, that your ship is sturdy enough to weather the storm, that your motor is strong enough to climb the hill. If you lack this requisite to success, you might just as well get on a sidetrack and content yourself with watching others pass by — for lack of confidence is deadly to success in life. Self-confidence is termed nerve by some. “That guy or gal has the nerve to win” is frequently said about someone who dares opposition, who defies oppression, who challenges obstacles; but self-confidence is the better term. It simply means that you have faith in your undertaking and confidence in your ability to win.
February 21, 2019
Listen to episode 346 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Motivation in Rhyme | Inspiration to Get Up and Try!. Edited and adapted from Up and Doing by C.P. McDonald. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you enjoy our podcast, please help us spread the word by sharing your favorite episodes on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Up and Doing by C. P. McDonald, published in 1918. WAKE UP! Dismiss the notion that you're defeated before you’ve hardly gotten into the scrap. Stand on the hill to which you’ve retreated, and plan the contours of your business map. Reorganize your forces for a rally. You too can do what others have done. Let perseverance guide you from the valley, until the game worth winning has been won. Shake off the dreams that have you shackled, the dreams that have kept you from doing things. Assail the jobs you’ve left untackled, and earn the joy that honest effort brings. You've got to sweat and swelter in the doing, if you expect to achieve and produce. You won’t accomplish anything pursuing the cheater's attitude of "Oh, what's the use!" Forget the grumbling and the grunting — the whimpering, the whining, and the rest. The one who wins Success by bunting has a chuckle, smirk, and chortle on their chest. Get out into the open — quit the woods. Today, and not tomorrow, is the right time to wake up — buckle down — produce the goods. WHAT are you waiting for? Why not go after the prizes you think you're entitled to get? Nothing is gained without tears and laughter. And ease is the offspring of labor and sweat. Make up your mind that merely waiting’s a blunder — that action is what the world calls for today. Roll up your sleeves and go at it like thunder, and stake yourself to a claim that will pay.
February 19, 2019
Listen to episode 345 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: The Building Blocks of Courage, Strength & Bravery. Edited and adapted from Little Builders by Dorothy Grenside. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. I’d like to start today by thanking our newest patrons, Daisy Ortiz and Ramon Untalan. If you would like to give back to our podcast, and become a monthly patron, you can do so for as little as $1 a month. To learn more, please visit LivingHour.org/patron. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Little Builders by Dorothy Grenside, published in 1916. Whether you are weak, healthy, or strong, depends much upon the kind of thoughts that you allow to rest within your mind. "Thought grows by Thought." Remember that, and you will understand that the way to be healthy and brave is to think of Health and Bravery, and the way to be weak and unhealthy is to fear that weakness and sickness may come to you. So learn to put every fear of pain or weakness right away from you. If you are weary from the heat and disinclined to work, don't think to yourself, "Oh, how hot it is! — I can’t work anymore;” for such a thought will make your body all the weaker. If you are tired with a long day's work, turn the thought of weariness out of your mind and say to yourself: "My Body is made of Strength, For My Spirit is Strong," and you will be filled with a wave of strength, and weariness will leave you. When you were a child, you may have been afraid to enter a room that was dark, or sometimes perhaps you woke in the night trembling at shadows across the room. As an adult, you now have different dark fears. But if you remember that "as you thinketh, so you are," and that if you think bravely your body will answer and become built upon solid lines of Courage, no Fear or Cowardice can or will rest within you.
February 14, 2019
Listen to episode 344 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Lifelong Learning: A Course in Character Building. Edited and adapted from Levels of Living by Henry Frederick Cope. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. I’d like to start today by announcing a new t-shirt and gift line that I’ve developed called Creed of the Dauntless. The first design is now on sale, featuring a great, motivational quote from Hellen Keller. To see the first t-shirt offering, please visit LivingHour.org/believe. If you order within the next 2 days, you’ll get $6 off the retail price. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Levels of Living (Essays on Everyday Ideals) by Henry Frederick Cope, published in 1908. With all our learning, the greatest lesson before us is this one: living right —finding our full heritage and filling our places as men and women in the world. If our systems of education fail to teach us how to live, they fail altogether. The great need of our day is that we shall train the conscience to right moral judgment, that we shall educate all for the business of living, and that we shall so educate all that we shall not only have a generation of bright, smart, money-making people, but that we may have joyful, upright, hardworking, service-minded women and men. There is little likelihood that our country will fail for lack of business ability. The danger is that we shall fail at the point of character; that we shall fail where failure is fatal to every other kind of success. This is the crucial point. We would do well to perfect the plans by which we teach citizens the encyclopedia of their bodies, their nation, the world and its history. We should recognize that we must learn to live as truly as we must learn to read, and that the culture of the soul must profit by the wondrous strides that all educational science has made; that all our efforts to produce character must be so wisely directed that we shall secure the best and most enduring results. One message comes from the lips of every seer, from every page of history. It is that the citizen or nation alone is wise (alone finds enduring life) who sets before commercial supremacy, political power, or fame the learning of the glory of character, the beauty of practical morality. The person who is wise and rich in the things within, possesses a wealth that lies beyond corruption, and their days know no end.
February 12, 2019
Listen to episode 343 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Spiritual Inspiration | Creating a Work that Endures. Edited and adapted from Levels of Living by Henry Frederick Cope. Spirituality Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. To get fireside chat versions of our podcast, subscribe to our YouTube Channel. Visit LivingHour.org/youtube. Today’s talk was edited and adapted from Levels of Living (Essays on Everyday Ideals) by Henry Frederick Cope, published in 1908. In our age of things, we easily forget how large is the place of the ideal and the spiritual. Ever estimating our assets in the concrete, we fail to recognize that our real wealth lies in thoughts and abstract things. The permanent possessions of humanity are spiritual. Not acres nor armies, not banks nor business make a nation, but mighty, compelling ideals and traditions. Jesus, Buddha, Shakespeare, Browning, Emerson left no goods and chattel, no bonds and mortgages. They left inspirations; they bequeathed ideals. Living first for the soul, their souls survive and remain to us all. The truly great who still stand after the test of the years are those who have lived for the spirit. This is as true of the worker and the warrior as of the philosopher and poet. All were inspired by glowing visions. They set their affections on things above the trifles for which we struggle and spend ourselves. They lived for glories that are to us invisible; therefore their names endure. The great undertakings of our own day are possible only under spiritual inspiration. No rewards of money alone can induce someone to steadfastly conduct affairs of great import and enterprise. They are buoyed up by a great hope. Often the very greatness of the task and the sense of serving great ends carries them on. Always they see the worth in the ideal rather than the wage. We must learn to measure life with the sense of the infinite. We must not think that a person has failed because they have not left money and treasure behind. We must cease to think that we can tell whether work is high or lowly by the size of the wage. We need eyes to see the glory of the least act in the light of the glowing motive.
February 7, 2019
Listen to episode 342 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Sex, Virtue & Problem Solving | Divine Sexuality. Edited and adapted from Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude by Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you have benefited from our podcast and would like to support us with a one-time donation, you’re financial support will help ensure our podcast stays freely online for years to come. To make a donation, please visit LivingHour.org/donate. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude by Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone. So, have you got a problem? That's good! Why? Because repeated victories over your problems are the rungs on your ladder of success. With each victory you grow in wisdom, stature, and experience. You become a better, bigger, more successful person each time you meet a problem, and tackle and conquer it with a positive mental attitude. Stop and think about it for a moment. Do you know of a single instance where any real achievement was made in your life, or in the life of any person in history, that was not due to a problem with which the individual was faced? Everyone has problems. That’s because you and everything in the universe are in a constant process of change. Change is an inexorable natural law. What is important for you to know is this: that your success or failure to meet the challenges of change are dependent upon your mental attitude. You can direct your thoughts and control your emotions, and thus regulate your attitude. You can choose whether your attitude will be positive or negative. You can decide whether you will affect, use, control, or harmonize with the changes in yourself and your environment. You can ordain your own destiny. When you meet the challenges of change with a positive mindset, you can intelligently solve each problem with which you are confronted. How do you meet a problem with positivity? Well, if you know and believe the first principal element of a positive mindset: That God is always a good God — then you can effectively use the following formula to meet your problems, regardless of how perplexing they may be....
February 5, 2019
Listen to episode 341 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Success, Failure & The Law of Habit. Edited and adapted from How to Develop Your Will Power by Clare Tree Major. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. The topic of today’s podcast is on the importance of success habits. To go beyond today’s podcast for further listening or reading on habit building, check out Blinkist, the knowledge-boosting app that takes the best key takeaways, the need-to-know information, from thousands of nonfiction books and condenses them down into just 15 minutes of reading or listening time. Two great books on habit building that you can find on Blinkist are Mini Habits by Stephen Guise and The 7 Habits of High Effective People by Stephen Covey. Right now, for a limited time, Blinkist has a special offer just for our audience. Go to https://blinkist.com/living to start your free 7 day trial. Today’s reading has been edited and adapted from How to Develop Your Will Power by Clare Tree Major, published in 1920. THE world lives, moves, and has its being in obedience to established and unchanging law. The human individual (physically, mentally, and emotionally) is also subject to law. If you understand and work with the law, you are master of your life. If you are ignorant of the law, and so fail to live in harmony with it, you will suffer. The laws of life cannot be changed. They are beneficial if used, and harmful if disobeyed. For example, there is a natural law that electricity will kill you if it enters your body in sufficient quantity. However, this does not prevent us from gaining all the benefits of the use of electricity, such as light, heat, and locomotion. Water will drown us, but it will also help to sustain life. Fire destroys, but under our control it warms and serves us. The laws under which these things work must be understood and obeyed. Then that which would otherwise prove harmful becomes a blessing....
January 31, 2019
Listen to episode 340 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: The Best of Aristotle | Philosophers & Philosophy. Edited and adapted from the works of Aristotle. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you enjoy our podcast, you can help us spread the word by sharing your favorite episode on Facebook or Twitter, or by simply mentioning us to a friend. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from the works of Aristotle. “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives — and choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” “Anybody can become angry — that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way — that is not within everybody's power, and it is not easy.” “Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god.” “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” “The one who overcomes their desires is braver than the one who conquers their enemies, for the hardest victory is over oneself.” “To write well, express yourself like the common folk, but think like the wise individual.” “No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.” “A friend to all is a friend to none.”
January 29, 2019
Listen to episode 339 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Mastering Your Fate & Destiny | Life Lessons. Edited and adapted from The Book of Business by Elbert Hubbard. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Get thought-provoking gifts, t-shirts, iPhone cases, and more by visiting our sister website BookofZen.com. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Book of Business by Elbert Hubbard, published in 1913. The driving theme of Ecclesiastes is moderation. Buddha proclaimed that the greatest word in any language is "equanimity." William Morris said that the finest blessing of life was systematic, useful work. Saint Paul declared that the greatest thing in life was love. Moderation, equanimity, work and love — you need no other physician. The individual who has achieved success is the one who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much. The secret of success is this: There is no secret of success. Keep your chin up and your head high. We are gods in a chrysalis. Success is a result of mental attitude, and the right mental attitude will bring success in everything you undertake. In fact, there is no such thing as failure, except to those who accept and believe in failure. Failure! There is no such word in all the bright lexicon of speech, unless you yourself have written it there. A great success is made up of an aggregation of little ones. These finally form a whole. The person who fills a position of honor and trust has first filled many smaller positions of trust. The leader who oversees ten thousand has had the charge of many small squads. And before that leader had charge of a small squad, they had charge of themselves. The one who does their work so well that they need no supervision has already succeeded. And the acknowledgment of their success is sure to follow in the form of a promotion. The world wants its work done. And civilization is simply a search for men and women who can do things. Success is the most natural thing in the world. The worker who does not succeed has placed themselves in opposition to the laws of the universe. The world needs you — it wants what you produce. You can serve it, and if you will, it will reward you richly. By doing your work, you are moving along the line of least resistance — it is a form of self-protection. You need what others have to give — they need you.
January 24, 2019
Listen to episode 338 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: The Way of Happiness | How to Prosper. Edited and adapted from Creed of the Dauntless by Frank B. Whitney. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast, brought to you by the kind financial support of listeners like you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Creed of the Dauntless by Frank B. Whitney, published in 1930. Those who have learned the way of happiness do not wear a mask of happiness. Those who are truly happy are happy from the very center of their being. Their happiness is implanted so deeply within them that it cannot be affected or moved. The power of the mystic shows us the virtue of detaching from outer things. We look upon the face of the mystic and silently ask, "Wherein lies your power?" A silent answer then comes to us: "Knowledge that people and things have no power. Knowledge that God within me is omnipotent." Constant happiness is not fickle or temperamental. When a person learns the secret of happiness, the secret is theirs for all time. They are happy not only when there is nothing to make them unhappy; they are happy not only when they think that no one is thinking, speaking, or acting against them. They are constantly happy. Their happiness endures and endures, regardless of external things and conditions. The way of happiness is the way of God — the way of light, peace, love, and health. The way may seem hidden at times, but as we brush our dark thoughts aside, the path is revealed to us. It is the road of joy. Somehow, we seem to feel closer to God when we’re happy. The reason for this is that our close relation to God has made us happy. As we draw close to the Spirit within us, we draw further and further away from the things of the world that appeared to have the power to disturb us. This gives us a clue to happiness.
January 22, 2019
Listen to episode 337 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: The Mantra of Success: Endurance + Imagination. Edited and adapted from Making the Grade by C.V. Mosby. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. A special thanks to patron Karen Lambert for reaching out to me with her kind feedback, as well as our newest patron CP Jois. If you aren’t aware of it, I’ve just begun a brand new project on our YouTube Channel — that is: video readings of some of the world’s greatest short poems. To subscribe to our YouTube Channel, please visit LivingHour.org/youtube. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Making the Grade by C.V. Mosby, published in 1917. Success in life depends largely on endurance. And endurance is dependent upon a sound body and a determined will. There are many flabby wills housed in a physically sound body. When this happens, there is little endurance; and, as a consequence, there is not much hill climbing for the individual. By inheritance, human beings are lazy. Not many generations ago our ancestry worked only enough to obtain the necessary food to sustain life and an occasional fig leaf for a dress suit. Then the press of circumstances made it an imperative that we get out and hustle. But the cell life of today still harkens back to the cell life of its yesterdays, and most of us like to hunt the shady side of the street and loaf along. The will is the Captain of the Soul. Without it, we have no place in civilization. It takes a strong will to drive the human machine up the hot and dusty grades. Experience teaches us that the value of a machine rests upon the stability, the accuracy, and the endurance of its motor. Beautiful upholstery, silver trimmings, and noiseless rubber tires amount to nothing unless you have a motor that will run — one that’s as sound as the heart of an oak that has defied the storms for, lo, these many years. So it is with you and I. We must have the will to do — else our good looks, our fine manners, our kindness of heart, and our good intentions will avail us nothing. Your muscles may be as strong as Hercules and your limbs as powerful as Achilles, but they are of no avail in the race of life unless they are driven by the motive power of an unconquerable, untiring will.
January 17, 2019
Listen to episode 336 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Charisma: How to Create a Powerful Personality. Edited and adapted from Personal Efficiency by James Samuel Knox. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you’ve already broken those New Year’s resolutions, I’ve got a fix for a brighter 2019. Get my new daily video series 30 Seconds to a Beautiful Life delivered every day right to your smart phone. This new motivational series is one of the benefits you get by becoming our podcast patron at the $3 a month level or above. Learn more by visiting LivingHour.org/patron. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Personal Efficiency by James Samuel Knox, published in 1920. I once went to see a famous speaker deliver a talk. After it was over, I thought to myself, "That man has the most striking personality." Then I asked myself what that really meant. "What is a striking personality?" And the following thoughts came to my mind: "Someone who is kind, courageous, diplomatic, bold, honest, enthusiastic — someone who seems to possess an unconquerable will." These qualities which I’ve named are positive qualities. Therefore, a striking personality is produced by developing the positive qualities and eliminating the negative ones. Each positive quality has for its opposite a negative quality, just as light has darkness; heat — cold; good— bad; honesty — dishonesty; courage — fear, etc. If you wish to have magnificent personality, begin to live positive qualities. Say: "I can, I will, and I must," where previously you said "I can't". Do that and at the end of the year you will be doing things with ease which it was absolutely impossible for you to do at the start. Remember that as surely as the sun shines, you possess these positive qualities — although they may be covered up and almost hidden by the mountain of negative thoughts which you’ve permitted to pile up. Go prospecting for the nuggets of gold which lie hidden in your own life, waiting to be liberated from the weight of the melancholy boulders that have been permitted to accumulate. It takes desire, it takes faith, it takes confidence to eliminate the debris. But it can be done.
January 15, 2019
Listen to episode 335 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: The Secret of Getting Things Done. Edited and adapted from Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude by Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. During my holiday break, I had a long 18 hour plane flight to endure. But not one to let time go to waste, I took advantage of that international flight to boost my knowledge with some condensed books from Blinkist. If you aren’t familiar with Blinkist, it’s a popular self-development app that takes the best key takeaways, the need-to-know information, from thousands of nonfiction books and condenses them down into just 15 minutes of reading or listening time. A couple books that I particularly enjoyed listening to on my long flight were Start with Why by Simon Sinek and How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie. You can listen to them too, because right now, for a limited time, Blinkist has a special offer just for our audience. Go to Blinkist.com/living to start a free 7 day trial. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude by Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone. Today I would like to share with you the secret of getting things done. You also will learn a self-motivator that is so powerful it will subconsciously force you to action, for it is in reality a self-starter. Yet you can use it at will. And when you do, you will overcome procrastination and inertia. If you are someone who does things you actually don't want to do, or if you don't do the things that you do want to do, then today’s talk is for you. Those who achieve greatness employ this secret of getting things done. So, what is this great secret? Simply this: DO IT NOW! As long as you live, never say to yourself, "DO IT NOW!" unless you follow through with the action. Whenever you want to do something and “DO IT NOW!” flashes from your subconscious to your conscious mind, immediately take action.
January 10, 2019
Listen to episode 334 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: The Best of Plato | Inspirational Philosophy. Edited and adapted from the works of Plato. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. A special thanks to our newest patrons John Lynem, Ken Ferrell, and Rauno Roosilill. Coming up next Monday, I will be starting our new 2019 patron series “30 Seconds to a Beautiful Life,” a daily video series where I get your day started with a motivational message from the classic inspirational authors that we feature on this podcast. To become our monthly patron and gain access to this new series, visit LivingHour.org/patron. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from the Greek philosopher Plato. “Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” “Wise people speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men and women are afraid of the light.” “No matter how hard you fight the darkness, every light casts a shadow, and the closer you get to the light, the darker that shadow becomes.” “The price good people pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil politicians.” “Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to education by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of their own genius.” “Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.” “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” “Courage is knowing what not to fear….Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.”
January 8, 2019
Listen to episode 333 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Ushering in a New Year of Happiness & Sunshine. Edited and adapted from Nuggets of New Thought by William Walker Atkinson. A special sample episode from our patron series Our Sunday Talks. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Our holiday break is almost over, so today will be the last re-broadcast from the patron series Our Sunday Talks. I’ll be delivering a brand new podcast on Thursday. Coming up on Monday, our new daily video series “30 Seconds to a Beautiful Life” will begin. Get access to this series by becoming our patron for as little as $3 a month. Learn more at: LivingHour.org/patron. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Nuggets of New Thought by William Walker Atkinson, published in 1902. There is plenty of sunshine in life, if you only look for it. And there is plenty of shadow in life, if you only look for it. But in the things that seem all shadow to others, you will find the sunshine if you but train yourself to always look for it. It is true that what may seem bright sunshine to you, others will find nothing but shade — for they are afflicted with a mental cataract that shuts out all the rays of the sunshine of life. But when you learn to love the sunshine and look forward to seeing it always, you seem to draw it to you. The Law of Attraction brings to you your share of the sunshine with which the world is plentifully supplied. But, if you fall into the habit of looking for and expecting the shadow, the shadow will always be found. It is astonishing what a change of Mental Attitude will make. Change your Mental Attitude, and the whole world seems to change. It is like taking off the dark glasses that have caused the world to seem gloomy, and seeing the brightness and colors of the world. Many of you have been making dark dungeons of your minds. You have steadily shut out the sun, and your minds have become musty, damp and mildewed. Across the floor crawl noxious creatures. The slimy form of Fear drags itself slowly along, leaving its track behind. The hideous shape of Jealousy eyes you from one corner — a creature of darkness. The venomous reptile Hate shows its fangs. The vampire Worry flits across the chamber. Fearful shapes are there glowering in the darkness — frightful forms crouch in corners and recesses. All is gloom, darkness, horror. A fit breeding place for the foul creatures who fear the light — a fit nursery for monsters. Look within the dark chambers of your mind — see what it really is — see what it generates. Look within — look within.
January 3, 2019
Listen to episode 332 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Make Every Moment Count | Unexpected Farewells. Edited an adapted from Week-day Religion by James Russell Miller. A special sample episode from our patron series Our Sunday Talks. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you are looking to reboot your life in 2019 for greater success, health, and happiness, our MAJESTY meditation program can help. Visit LivingHour.org/majesty and get 30% off with the coupon code: inspiration. Today’s reading was edited an adapted from Week-day Religion by James Russell Miller, published in 1880. Every hour there are partings, thought to be only temporary, which prove to be forever. One morning a young man bade his wife and child good-bye and went out to his work. There was an accident on the street, and before midday his lifeless body was borne back to his home. It was a terrible shock, but there was one sweet comfort that came with wondrous power to the crushed heart of the young wife. The last hour they had spent together had been one of peculiar tenderness. Not a word had been spoken by either that she could wish had not been spoken. She had not dreamed, at the time, that it would be their last conversation. And yet there was nothing in it that left one painful recollection, now that she should meet her husband no more. Through all the following years of loneliness and widowhood, the memory of that last parting was an abiding joy in her life, like a fragrant perfume or a bright lamp of holy peace. Life is very critical. Any word may be our last. Any farewell, even amid glee and merriment, may be forever. If this truth were but burned into our consciousness, if it ruled as a deep conviction, and had real power in our lives, would it not give a new meaning to all our human relationships? Would it not make us far more tender than we sometime are? Would it not oftentimes put a rein upon our rash and impetuous speech? Would we carry in our hearts the miserable suspicions and jealousies that now so often embitter the fountains of our loves? Would we be so impatient of the faults of others? Would we allow trivial misunderstandings to build up strong walls between us and those whom we ought to hold very close to us? Would we keep alive petty quarrels year after year? Would we pass neighbors or old friends on the street without recognition because of some real or fancied slight, some wounding of pride or some supposed injury?
January 1, 2019
Listen to episode 331 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Success Means Traveling the Hard Road. Edited and adapted from Volume VI of Harper's Monthly. A special sample episode from our patron series Our Sunday Talks. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Happy New Year and welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Keep yourself inspired and motivated in 2019 by becoming our patron today. For only $3 month you’ll gain access to our upcoming daily video series “30 Seconds to a Beautiful Life”, as well as full access to our podcast transcripts, delivered right to your smartphone. Learn more at LivingHour.org/patron. Today’s reading is another episode from our patron-only series Our Sunday Talks, which was edited and adapted from Volume VI of Harper's Monthly, published in 1852. There is an aim which all Nature seeks. The flower that opens from the bud (the light that breaks the cloud into a thousand forms of beauty) is calmly striving to assume the perfect glory of its power. And the child, whose proud laugh heralds the mastery of a new lesson, unconsciously develops the same life-impulse, so as  to prove the power it has felt as its own. This is the real goal of life shining dimly from afar — for our fullest power has never yet been attained. It is a treasure which must be sought (its extent and distance being unknown). No person can tell what they can do, or suffer, until they have tried. Their path of action broadens out before them. And, while that path appears, there is power to traverse it. It is like the fabled hill of Genius that ever presents a loftier elevation above the one attained. It is like the glory of the stars which shine by borrowed light — each seeming source a tributary to one more distant, until the view is lost to us. We only know there must be a life-giving center. And to the steady mind, though the goal of life be dim and distant, its light is fixed and certain — while all lesser aims are but reflections of this glory in myriad-descending shades, which must be passed, one by one, as the steps of the ladder on which we mount to Heaven. People have an unfortunate predilection to pervert whatever God throws in their way to aid them, and thus turn good to evil. The minor hopes which spur us to action are mistaken for the final one. And we often look no higher than some mediocre wish, allowing that to rule us which should have been our servant. From this false view (in turn) rises little exertion, for it is impossible for us to believe in something better. We all aim at self-control and independence while in the shadow of a power which controls us, whispering to ourselves, "Thus far shalt thou go, and no farther." But how apt is self-indulgence to suit this limit to its own measure, and suffer veneration and doubt to overgrow and suppress the rising hope of independent thought.
December 27, 2018
Listen to episode 330 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: A Life Worthwhile Pt.2 | Inspiring Graduation Speeches. Edited and adapted from “What is Worth While?” by Anna Robertson Brown. A special sample episode from our patron series Our Sunday Talks. Inspirational Podcast Transcript: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Today’s reading is a continuation of our last podcast, which was edited and adapted from What is Worth While by Anna Robertson Brown, and an episode from Our Sunday Talks, a series we offer exclusively to our patrons. Learn how you can become a patron by visiting LivingHour.org/patron. Pretense, worry, discontent, and self-seeking — these are the things that we may let go. Now, what are the things in life that are worthwhile? — that we should lay hold of, keep, guard, and use? It is worthwhile to be wise in the use of time. In the eternal life there is no waste of years. It is with time that we purchase every- thing that life has of good. It is by the wise use of time that we make ourselves competent for eternity. The most reckless spendthrift in the world is the one who squanders time. Money lost may be regained, friendships broken may be renewed, houses and lands may be sold or buried or burnt, but then may be bought or gained or built again. But what power can restore the moment that has passed, the day whose sun has set, the year that has gone? It awes me when I think of it, that there was a time when you and I were not — when the cycles of eternity swept onward and the stars turned in their courses without the sight or sound of humankind. But now there can never come a time when you and I shall not be. The vast gift of eternity has been laid in your hands and mine — an eternity not wholly to come, but one which is even now here. Shall we not use its hours aright? The question of life is not, “How much time have we?” — for in each day, each of us has exactly the same amount: we have "all there is." The question is, “What shall we do with it?” Shall we let this priceless gift slip away from us in haphazard deeds, or shall we adopt some plan of saving, and of systematic doing, in our lives? What shall this plan be? How shall we determine what things are worth giving time to? Let us think about this question.
December 25, 2018
Listen to episode 329 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: A Life Worthwhile | Commencement Speeches by Women. Edited and adapted from “What is Worth While?” by Anna Robertson Brown. A special sample episode from our patron series Our Sunday Talks. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Wishing all of you a happy and joyful Christmas day. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from “What is Worth While?” by Anna Robertson Brown, published in 1893. We only have one life to live! We all want to do our best with it. We all want to make the most of it. How can we best get hold of it? How can we accomplish the most with the energies and powers at our command? What is worthwhile? We all ask ourselves this question. It is especially common upon graduating from university. But our first years out of college are apt to be anxious, unsatisfactory, disappointing. Time slips away in further preparation, in experiment, in useless or misdirected efforts. The world does not prove to be the same that it seemed to be in the quiet college surroundings. Duty is not so clear as then, nor work so well-defined. Life is harder to handle than we thought. One finds that theories fail, and yet one has not had positive experience enough to know just where the difficulty lies. It is of a few simple things that "my own life has proved true" that I shall speak with you today. Life is large. We cannot possibly grasp the whole of it in the few years that we have to live. What is vital? What is essential? What may we profitably let go? Let us ask ourselves these questions. To begin with, what may we let go? Who shall say? By what standard shall we measure? By what authority decide? Each of us must answer that question for ourselves. But when I look about for an answer, I find only one that satisfies me. It is this: We may let go of all things which we cannot carry into the eternal life.
December 20, 2018
Listen to episode 328 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: At the Feet of the Master: Jiddu Krishnamurti. A special sample episode from our patron series Our Sunday Talks. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Today is another special episode from our patron-only series Our Sunday Talks, which has been edited and adapted from At the Feet of the Master by Jiddu Krishnamurti, published in 1910. In all the world, there are only two kinds of people — those who know, and those who do not know; and this knowledge is the thing which matters. What religion a person holds, to what race you belong — these things are not important. The really important thing is this knowledge — the knowledge of God's plan for us. For God has a plan, and that plan is evolution. Once you have seen the truth of this, and really know it, you cannot help working for it, and making yourself one with it — because it is so glorious, so beautiful. And because you know it, you are on God's side, standing for good and resisting evil, working for evolution and not for selfishness. There are Six Points of Conduct which are specially required for those who are dedicated to the evolution of themselves and others: 1. Self-control as to the Mind. 2. Self-control in Action. 3. Tolerance. 4. Cheerfulness. 5. One-pointedness. 6. Confidence. Let us begin with Number 1. Self-control as to the Mind. This means control of temper, so that you may feel no anger or impatience; control of the mind itself, so that the thought may always be calm and unruffled; and (through the mind) of the nerves, so that they may be as little irritable as possible. This last part is difficult, because when you try to prepare yourself for the Path of evolution, you cannot help making your body more sensitive, so that its nerves are easily disturbed by a sound or a shock, and will feel any pressure acutely; but you must do your best.
December 18, 2018
Listen to episode 327 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: The Best of Rumi: The Wisdom of Love. A special sample episode from our patron series Our Sunday Talks. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome the Inspirational Living podcast. We currently are on a holiday break, so today I’ll be sharing with you an episode of Our Sunday Talks, which is our patron-only series with 70 episodes. To gain access to all episodes, as well as our upcoming daily video series “30 Seconds to a Beautiful Life” please visit LivingHour.org/patron. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from the works of Rumi. Only the soul knows what love is. What matters is how quickly you do what your soul wants. My soul is racing ahead of me. It says, “The body is too slow for me – I am going.” There is some kiss we want with our whole lives: the touch of spirit on the body. Whatever you are seeking, is seeking you. What is planted in each person’s soul will sprout. There is nothing outside of yourself. Look within. Everything you want is there — you are that. Until you remain blind and deaf I will be invisible. Look for the answer inside your question. Eyes cannot see you. You are the source of sight. Whatever I was looking for was always you. Your calling my name is my reply. Your longing for me is my message to you. I see my beauty in you. I become a mirror that cannot close its eyes to your longing. Be foolishly in love, because love is all there is. Sit, be still, and listen. Hear the passage into silence and be that. You are the seeker, the goal, and seeking itself. Only from the heart can you touch the sky. There is a window from one Heart to another Heart. Purify your eyes, and see the pure world.  Your life will then fill with radiant forms. I am Lost in God and God is found in me. Your noise is my silence. At the end of my life (with just one breath left), if you come, I’ll sit up and sing. A lover wants only to be in love’s presence. The real beloved is that one who is unique, who is your beginning and your end.
December 13, 2018
Listen to episode 326 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: The Secret of the Great Life | Spiritual Consciousness. Edited and adapted from In the Light of the Spirit by Christian D. Larson. Spiritual Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. I’m going on holiday to visit family for the next three weeks, and will be unable to record new podcasts. But as a special gift to you, during this holiday period I’ll be sharing old episodes of Our Sunday Talks, which is a series that we offer exclusively to our patrons. Coming up in 2019, we will be starting a new patron series “30 Seconds to a Beautiful Life,” which will be a daily video series, where I deliver to you an inspiring message to get your day started. To become a patron and gain access to our special content for patrons, visit LivingHour.org/patron. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from In the Light of the Spirit by Christian D. Larson, published in 1916. When we examine our mode of living, we shall find that we dwell upon the spiritual side of life only on rare occasions. Most of the time we allow our consciousness to reside upon the personal or material side of life, and it will remain there for days, weeks, or months. We find that during this period our soul activity becomes passive, and consequently the personality does not have the benefit of that greater spiritual power which is necessary in order that we may meet and overcome every problem and condition in life. This being true, it is important that we learn to live, more and more, upon the spiritual side of consciousness, so that we may gain possession of a larger measure of this higher power, which alone can emancipate the personality and give higher wisdom to the mind and intellect. We are not here to drift with the stream or to fold our arms passively and say that we will let the best come to pass. The truth is, that if there be anything we want, we must work for it. If we wish to make life ideal, we must make it so ourselves. The things we desire do not come to us simply through mere passivity or expectation. We are living in an imperfect world, a world which is in the process of growth; therefore, we meet undeveloped conditions on every side. And if we remain in a passive condition, or simply drift with the stream, many of those undeveloped conditions will come into our own world — and not only disturb the order of our personal existence, but produce a great many adverse conditions, both within ourselves and in our environment. For this reason, we must make ourselves stronger than all those conditions; that is, we must rise above adversity both in wisdom and in power; and this is made possible only through the continuous expression of the soul.
December 6, 2018
Listen to episode 324 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Adventure & Enigmas of Life and Death. Edited and adapted from The Adventure of Life by Robert W. Mackenna. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you or someone you know is having trouble with an addiction to cigarettes, alcohol, or heroin, our Break Free meditations can help. To learn more, please visit LivingHour.org/breakfree. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from the Adventure of Life by Robert W. Mackenna, published in 1919. The world is full of enigmas, and one of the greatest is life. We know neither what it is nor what its purposes may be, and we are perplexed by the mysteries which it enfolds. But the mysteries, and the difficulties, and the hard problems which it presents should impel us to seek earnestly for their solution rather than drive us into a backwater of indolent apathy. Half of life's charm lies in its mysteries. If all the enigmas were removed it would be no more interesting than would be a game of chess in which every move is mapped out for the players before they sit down at the board. The existence of the human intellect demands the contemporaneous existence of mysteries — the knife needs the stone to sharpen it. It is a mighty task to run a Universe, and something far beyond the power of you and I. Most of us find the ordering of our own little portion of life a task more than sufficient for our talents. Let us leave the Universe to God — and seek instead the solution to our own problems. Right at our feet (if we will grope and look), we may find a clue. Sometimes the clue is fine as gossamer, and now and then we lose it in the tangled and intricate maze of circumstances. But if we can grasp it, and follow it, we shall find that it grows stronger before our eyes, until it becomes a cable strong enough to lift us out of the quagmire of doubt and set us with firm feet upon the high road to knowledge.
November 29, 2018
Listen to episode 322 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Exercises in Concentration | Developing the Mind. Edited and adapted from Stepping-Stones to Success by Horace D. Hitchcock. Self-Development Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. One last reminder, the special holiday sale on our hardcover books ends on Friday. Order your copies today by vising our website: InspirationalLifeLessons.com. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Stepping-Stones to Success by Horace D. Hitchcock, published in 1916. The achievement of focusing the mind on one thing at a time involves not only the energy in striving to do that one thing, but also the ability to put aside other things to make a clear channel for the desired end. The power to focus attention has been the inseparable adjunct to all achievements in business, politics, art, literature, and science. Through this power, women and men of very ordinary ability have risen from poverty to great affluence. Concentration is a stepping stone to success in any endeavor, and it is a quality of mind which may be developed positively the same as any other mental ability. The value of concentration may be exemplified in the office of a modern business — where you have the constant tapping of keyboards, the ringing of telephones, the voices of employees, calls for interviews, and dozens of other distractions. Success depends upon our ability to concentrate on the business at hand and put aside the hundred and one things that constantly endeavor to prey upon our limited time. There is as much strain in resisting the non-essential in order to make room for the essential, as in accomplishing the essential object in view. Many fail, not because they are not able to do one thing well, but because they are unable to concentrate their energies on the one task, ever allowing other things to rob them of time and energy. Just as the rays of the sun may be focused on a small point by means of a lens and made to produce intense heat, it is also possible to focus the human energies on some object so that the resulting accomplishment will be astonishing, almost marvelous.
November 27, 2018
Listen to episode 321 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Cultivating the Midas Touch | The Power to Prevail. Edited and adapted from Mightier than Circumstance by Frank B. Whitney. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you would like to purchase one of our inspirational hardcover books for a 30% discount and get it in time for Christmas, be sure order by this Friday. All books include newly edited essays that I’ve read here on the podcast. Learn more by visiting: InspirationalLifeLessons.com. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Mightier than Circumstance by Frank B. Whitney, published in 1939. Do you know people who have the habit of succeeding in whatever they undertake? Don’t they seem to cultivate the habit of success, just as others seem to cultivate the habit of failure? And yet, have you ever thought of success as a habit that you can acquire? Well, you can. Each time you succeed, your success makes every subsequent achievement easier. You establish a process of mental activity that anticipates and assures success. Fear of failure is thus overcome, and confidence in success is established. Your mind thinks success, and you move toward success. The pioneer (no matter the field of endeavor) finds that each time they travel over a new path, their progress becomes easier. In the same way, every time you think of yourself as successful, the easier it is for you to succeed. Thinking the thought of success helps to weaken any thought of failure that may be lurking in your mind. When you cultivate a consciousness of success, and use it daily while engaged in your work, more and more success will come. Success eventually will become a habit. You will become so used to thinking success, and being successful, that you cannot fail — or if you do fail, it will be but a temporary learning experience. Many people need to cultivate a confidence in success. They need to feel (when they are inspired by the Spirit within them to do something) that they can accomplish it. They need to know that the very act of attempting to do what Spirit bids them to accomplish carries with it success.
November 22, 2018
Listen to episode 320 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Thanksgiving | The Power of Being Grateful. Edited and adapted from Thinking for Results by Christian D. Larson. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Wishing all of our listeners in the United States a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday. Taking time out to show gratitude for the blessings in our life is not only important on Thanksgiving, but all the year through. And, as for me, I’m grateful for all of you Today, I am going to replay one of my readings from the past year on the topic of gratitude and aspiration, which was edited and adapted from Thinking for Results by Christian D. Larson, published in 1912. The attitude of aspiration causes us to think of the marvels that lie beyond present achievement, and thereby inspires the creation of great thoughts. There must be great thoughts before the mind can become great, and the mind must become great before great results can be secured. Aspiration concentrates attention upon superiority and therefore elevates all the qualities of the mind into that state. This being true, every effort in life should be directed towards those possibilities that lie beyond our present achievements, if we wish to cultivate and strengthen an attitude of aspiration. When we are simply ambitious, we proceed as we are and seek to make a mark for ourselves with what power we already possess; but when we are alive with the spirit of aspiration, we seek to make ourselves larger, more powerful, and far superior to what we are now, knowing that a great light cannot be hid, and that anyone with great power must invariably reach the goal they have in view. The ambitious mind seeks to make a small light shine far beyond its capacity, and through this effort finally wears itself out. The aspiring mind, however, seeks to make the light larger and larger, knowing that the larger the light becomes the further it will shine, and that no strenuous efforts will be required to push its powerful rays into effectiveness.
November 20, 2018
Listen to episode 319 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Smiling Heart | The Power of a Smile. Edited and adapted from Creed of the Dauntless by Frank B. Whitney. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Get the very best essays from our podcast in 3 heirloom quality hardcover books, including our newest book Evermore: 50 Life Lessons for Spiritual Growth. Order now to get 30% off the retail price. Learn more at our website: InspirationalLifeLessons.com. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Creed of The Dauntless by Frank B. Whitney, published in 1931. Do you know those who smile at life? Have you wondered how they do it? Have you wanted to be one of them? How refreshing it is (after listening to those who believe that the world is growing worse) to find the person who rejoices to be alive! After seeing someone who thinks that the world owes them a living, how delightful to find the woman and man who seeks to contribute generously to the world's happiness! Those who frown at life believe that the persons, things, and events of life have the power to make them unhappy. They feel that the world is upon their shoulders and that its woes are depressing them. Their philosophy of life is very simple: the world is all wrong. However, those who smile at life see mirrored in the world the smile of their own contented hearts. Is it any wonder that they smile? The light within them shines to the very circumference of their world and makes it one of joy and brightness. Those who smile at life can rightly do so because they have mastered life. It no longer has power to defeat and crush them. It must dance at their bidding. It must sing its happiest song for them. It must yield its most coveted blessings. Smiling at life may be resolved into a sunny mental attitude. Can you smile mentally? Mental smiling is very simple. It consists merely in entertaining sunny thoughts. You cannot do this mental smiling very long without having your countenance and whole life wreathed in smiles. Your world will be alive with smiles and everyone who comes to you will greet you with a smile.
November 13, 2018
Listen to episode 317 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Springs of Joy | Art, Artists & Poetry. Edited and adapted from The Springs of Joy by Robert F. Horton. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you are looking to buy a Christmas gift that will be treasured for years to come, and perhaps even passed down through generations, now is the time to purchase one (or all three) of our inspirational books of life lessons. Buy now and you can get 30% off the purchase price by using the coupon code LIVINGHOUR30. Learn more at our website InspirationalLifeLessons.com. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Springs of Joy by Robert F. Horton, published in 1915. There is a higher truth. There is a realm of reality which is lifted above the things perceived by our senses and the experiences of human life. There is a joy and light and music in the waters, which do not rise within the city but come from the eternal hills beyond. It is that kind of everlasting joy which I would like to talk about today. It must be evident to everyone that we can only maintain joyfulness by living above the actual facts and events of human life. If we are immersed in them (completely immersed), there cannot be perpetual joy. There may be an occasional touch of pleasure. There may even sometimes be rich, transient delights. But human life is so constructed of cares and sufferings and sorrows that (if we are to live completely immersed within it) perpetual joy is impossible. Very few days can pass for any of us without cares and anxieties, even about the mere way in which we are to live. Complications of business; distractions; intrusions; the worries of the household; a thousand things come pressing in upon us every day and disturb our peace. The apprehension of the future, the anxiety for those we love, things which are perfectly natural and inevitable, will keep care always seated behind us. Therefore, it is evident that joy cannot be perpetual unless it is drawn from a source that is above care. Now, I hear someone saying, “How is it possible to rejoice if death comes, and those whom we love are taken from us? What possibility is there of joy? Joy cannot be lasting when disease and death are always within reach.” Well, with that being true, it must be perfectly evident that if joy is to be perpetual it must be derived from a source that is also entirely above both death and disease. But now I hear someone saying that there are also sorrows — sorrows often much keener than cares or physical pains or even bereavements. Sorrows enter into most human lives — hopeless, irreparable sorrows. We miss all we desired; we are disappointed in every plan and scheme; we feel the burden of all this unintelligible world; we listen to the low, sad music of humanity until it seems to move the soul to perpetual tears....
November 8, 2018
Listen to episode 316 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Success Principles | What You Need to Succeed. Edited and adapted from Ready Money by George H. Knox. Inspirational Podcast Transcript: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. I have some important news to announce today. Our new hardcover book Evermore: 50 Life Lessons for Spiritual Growth is now available for purchase. This is the final installment in our trilogy of “Life Lesson” books, which also includes Evergreen and Everest. To get a 30% discount on all of our books, simply use the coupon code: LIVINGHOUR30. When typing the coupon LIVINGHOUR30 be sure to use all CAPS—that is, all capital letters. To buy your copies today, visit: InspirationalLifeLessons.com. Thank you. Now, on to today’s reading, which was edited and adapted from Ready Money by George H. Knox, published in 1905. I WISH that every person might cultivate in their lives an invincible determination to do and to be. Why shouldn't everyone be a magnificent success? Why shouldn't people discover their great possibilities, and a magnificent personality which can grow and blossom like a beautiful flower? Why shouldn't people take up the study of enthusiasm and make good will, progress, and enterprise part of their law of life? This great world is big enough, and good enough, and grand enough for every man and woman to succeed in. And it is possible for every person on earth to rise higher and higher in the scale of life until this earth is a perfect paradise. Think of the desire we may cultivate, and the inspiration which could be ours if we would but appropriate the enthusiasm, the courage, the energy, and the zeal that the great people of every age have left as a blessed heritage to humankind. Think of the glory of putting heart and soul, and inspiration and zeal, into your work, and making it the pride of your life and the admiration of the world. It's the only way a person can reach their potential, and obtain the blessings that follow. It's the only natural way to live. Think of what it all means! Not simply that you will profit from your work (success means vastly more than profit). It will mean that you have conquered, and have achieved your place in the world. It will mean a greater personality, a greater usefulness, the realization of your hopes, and a heritage you can leave to the world which will encourage future generations of women and men.
November 6, 2018
Listen to episode 315 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Getting Started Upon the Road to Success. Edited and adapted from Ready Money by George H. Knox. Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Don’t forget that our podcast is also available on YouTube. To subscribe to our YouTube Channel, visit LivingHour.org/youtube. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Ready Money by George H. Knox. When one thinks of the thousands who have succeeded without even a ghost of a chance, we in this glorious age of progress ought to feel ashamed. My friend, are you discouraged? Do you think your lot is hard? — that times are not like they used to be, or that you have no chance? Let me urge you to stand up in the strength of your own vitality, and resolve with all the power in your being that there will be one more light, one more guide-post, one more successful life; that, if someone has to fail, that someone shall not be you. There isn't a profession that hasn’t been glorified by someone who at first was no greater than you. I care not what your occupation may be, you can make such a start, and follow that start with such a future, and such a life, that you will have immortalized your name, and made for yourself a monument that will reach the sky. Don't wait until you are a Napoleon before you begin. You might as well wait until you become a skillful swimmer before going into the water. It's waiting to do something great, or waiting to make up your mind, or waiting to get good and ready, that finds people getting old without a purpose. All the magnificent conflicts, defeats and victories, and nearly all the preparation, come after the start. The start is the supreme moment — the supreme test of strength. Thousands are standing on the bank shivering instead of jumping in and becoming warm by their own activity in the water. Thousands never start because they are afraid they can’t make a go of it. Thousands more never start because they don't see ahead to the reward. And thousands never start because they think they haven’t been offered enough for their services. One reason is as bad as another. What difference does it make to the dead person whether they were killed intentionally or by accident? What difference does it make why one doesn't start if they never do? Are you disheartened? Are you afraid to make a start for fear that you will fail, and your subsequent condition be worse than your first? Such feelings are common to all successful women and men, for they have all had their misgivings at times. But every person has success within themselves, and to start is to win half the battle. A start toward usefulness is a start that no one has ever yet made in vain. Every person and every genius in all history started before they could actually do the thing. We learn by doing, and we learn in no other way.
October 30, 2018
Listen to episode 313 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Wisdom & Destiny. Edited and adapted from Wisdom & Destiny by Maurice Maeterlinck. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. For unique fashion and gifts, don’t forget to check out our website BookofZen.com. Each item includes one of my original sayings inside zen enso circle, and all sales go to support this podcast. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Wisdom & Destiny by Maurice Maeterlinck, published in 1906. In every age there should be some people who dare to speak, and to think, and to act as though all people were happy — for otherwise, when the day comes for destiny to throw open to all people the garden of the promised land, what happiness shall the others find there, what justice, what beauty or love? It may be urged, it is true, that it is best, first of all, to consider our most pressing needs, yet this is not always wisest. It is often better to seek, from the start, that which is highest. When the flood waters threaten the home of a farmer in Holland, there is a pressing need to safeguard one’s own cattle and grain; but the wisest farmer races to the top of the dyke, summoning all neighbors, and thus meet the flood, and do battle. Humanity up to now has been like an invalid tossing and turning on a couch in search of rest. And yet words of genuine consolation have come only from those who spoke as though humanity were freed from all pain. For, as we all were created for health, so were we created for happiness; and to speak of humanity’s misery only (though that misery be everywhere and seem everlasting) is only to say words that fall lightly and soon are forgotten. Why not speak as though humankind were always on the eve of a great certitude, of a great joy? By doing so, we are led by our finest instincts, though we never may live to behold the long-wished-for tomorrow. It is well to believe, that we need but a little more thought; a little more courage, love, and devotion to life; a little more eagerness; and one day the portals of joy and of truth will be flung wide open. Let us hope that one day all people will be happy and wise. And though this day may never dawn, to have hoped for it cannot be wrong. Regardless of what may come, it is helpful to speak of happiness to those who are perpetually gloomy — so at least they may learn what happiness means.
October 25, 2018
Listen to episode 312 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Leadership Challenge | How to Be a Leader. Edited and adapted from Leadership by George H. Knox. Take advantage of Blinkist's 7 day free trial for our listeners by visiting: http://www.blinkist.com/living Motivational Podcast Excerpt: More men and women should place upon their heads a crown of leadership that will inspire to the impossible. However, that is a headgear that doesn't stay on by itself. If you can reach the sublime heights of leadership, you can wear the crown with ease, but if you shrink from the task before you, it will become a burden that will crush you to the earth. Leadership is a magic word — a marvelous attainment — but the price you pay for it is tremendous. The splendid thing about it is that the more you pay the more you get. The more you give in, the more you have left. Pay but a small price, and the returns are meagre, but pay the supreme price of leadership, and your reward is genius and immortality. When a person aspires to leadership, you need to forget some things. You should forget those who envy you, those who would pull you down and trample you under their feet, thereby hoping to gain a foothold for themselves. You must forget that there is such a thing as loafing or lounging or wasting time. If a person has a life of ease, they can have nothing else. If you have this, you can't have that. You must pay the price of being thorough; of being a master of time, of method, and of concentration. Never, on penalty of your crown of leadership, get to the position where you think you don't need further preparation. Cease to prepare, and you cease to grow. Cease to grow, and you begin to dwindle. When you cease to be better, you cease to be good. You become but a weed in the garden of prosperity. You must cultivate nerve and enthusiasm and concentration, and a great faith, and a great zeal that passeth understanding. You must cultivate patience and then more patience. Not the patience that idly waits, but the patience that knows that when the best that can be done has been done, if the result doesn't come today, it will tomorrow.
October 23, 2018
Listen to episode 311 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Making the Most Out of Life. Edited and adapted from Ready Money by George H. Knox. Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Have you ever wanted to read the inspirational material that I deliver to you each week? Well, you can get access to the transcripts of our entire archive of over 300 podcasts by becoming our patron today. You’ll also get your very own private podcast feed, with every transcript delivered right to your phone. You can gain access for as little as $3 a month. Learn more at LivingHour.org/patron. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Ready Money by George H. Knox, published in 1905. What is nerve? Nerve is that which enables a person to hang on and either lose everything or win out. It is undertaking more than ordinary things. It is taking big risks on one's own ability. It is holding the fort against all-comers. It is doing the thing which the ordinary person thinks is impossible. It is setting your standard twice as high as your colleagues would set it for you, and then reaching it. It is burning your bridges behind you and staking your all on your own endeavor. It is taking chances that are not chances — to ordinary people the risk would be enormous, but the man and woman of nerve is not even taking chances because they know they can carry the thing through and do not allow themselves to become side-tracked, or even annoyed by the people who say it can't be done. Nerve consists not only in undertaking a hard task, but in everlastingly and unflinchingly standing by your work when your friends have given up in despair. That is the truest test of nerve. It is nerve that gives us our airplanes and Atlantic cables below the ocean. It is nerve that belts our continents with railroads and enables entrepreneurs to build up enterprises that astonish the world. Nerve is that which enables one to calmly and unflinchingly face an unpleasant task, or a seemingly unendurable condition, when duty requires it. Don't jump to the conclusion that people are trying to cheat you. It is all right to be businesslike; you must be. But it is all wrong to be unbusinesslike. It is all wrong to tie your business up in such a way that you have to depend either upon the honesty or the judgment of someone else to enable you to succeed in fulfilling your promises.
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