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The Intersection of Confucius and the Catwalk

by Shawanda Greene

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There’s nothing more inspirational and accessible than a good quote. It’s amazing how a combination of words can drive you to act, to feel, to appreciate, to ponder. So simple, yet so powerful. I’ve had quotes totally alter my perspective. We’re talking about a few, seemingly, measly words.

That’s crazy!

Given the affection I have for quotes, it’s only fitting the Tweet of the Week would be one. But before I get to that, let me share a few quotes that have literally changed my life.

Stop complaining about everythang you have to do and just do something! ~Bernita Greene~

It is better to be alone than in bad company. ~George Washington~

Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely, in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting “Holy s@!t, what a ride! ~Unknown~

This week I’d like to thank @BSimple from Simple Financial Lifestyle for this little gem:

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. ~Confucius~

Man, I love that too much!

Even though you can relate Confucius’ wisdom to any battle you’re facing, it especially applies to personal finance. When you’re trying to get your financial life in order, things don’t always go as planned. You don’t always adhere to your budget. You don’t always do what you’re supposed to do. But that’s okay. You stick with your plan.

Understand that sometimes you make mistakes. On extremely rare occasions, even I am imperfect. I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true. I don’t care if you do something stupid with your money every single day. Eventually, you’ll run out of it. But consider Confucius. Tomorrow is a new day.

What are some of your favorite quotes? They don’t necessarily have to relate to money. Financial well-being is only one component of our overall happiness.

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Jason @ Dyalogues November 23, 2009 at 3:05 AM

I've always loved "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." (Something I repeat to myself when I have a daunting task ahead of me and procrastinate starting…) I think it is credited to Taoism's Lao Tzu, but I could be wrong.

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ctreit November 25, 2009 at 3:20 AM

I have known about the Confucius quote since university. It has been one of my favorite 2 quotes. The other is, "If you are not living on the edge, you are giving yourself too much space." (unknown)

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