Five Pieces of Inspiration #2

There are so much interesting and inspirational stuff in the world, that I thought I’d publish a series on things that inspire me to greater personal and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 

1. Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action

2. How to ace a job interview

Jenny Blake, author of Life After College, created a one-page cheat sheet that I found particularly useful for preparing for my most recent job interview. Her Google Docs template covers seven key questions or topic areas for you to bullet-point your examples, including how you’re suited for the position, what your weaknesses are, what excites you, challenges you’ve overcome, and goals you have in the future. There’s also an area for questions you have for the company and other notes. It was nice to have a checklist of things to think about before the interview and to have it all listed on one page for easy reference.

3. The Man Who Lived on His Bike

Beautiful – especially to those who like to spend so much of our lives on the bike.

4. A Better Son/Daughter by Rilo Kiley

A friend of mine from law school is going through a really difficult time right now with his young daughter. I immediately thought of his family when I heard this song. For anyone going through a tough time, lock yourself in your bedroom and play it on full volume. (Warning: may not be safe for work due to some swearing.)

But you’ll fight and you’ll make it through
You’ll fake it if you have to
And you’ll show up for work with a smile

You’ll be better
And you’ll be smarter
And more grown up and a better daughter or son
And a real good friend

And you’ll be awake
You’ll be alert
You’ll be positive though it hurts
And you’ll laugh and embrace all your friends

And you’ll be a real good listener
You’ll be honest
You’ll be brave
You’ll be handsome and you’ll be beautiful

You’ll be happy

Your ship may be comin in
You’re weak but not givin in
To the cries and the wails of the valley below
And your ship may be comin in
You’re weak but not givin in
And you’ll fight it you’ll go out fightin all of em

5. C.S. Lewis on childishness

“Critics who treat ‘adult’ as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.” – C.S. Lewis

1 comment for “Five Pieces of Inspiration #2

  1. Joanne
    February 6, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    OMG, that bike video is brilliant! Love the happy ending 😉

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