Okay, I admit it. I'm a sucker for inspirational articles.
With all the noise on the Internet, it's sometimes hard to find uplifting, positive stories that make you want to be a better person. But they are there. You just have to look.
So in an attempt to put out something positive, here's my list of the most inspiring articles ever. I hope you find some inspiration here. And please, share your own most inspiring articles in the comment section.
- The Career Advice I Wish I Had in my 20s - This article is a treasure trove of wisdom. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll wish you knew this when you were 20's.
- 10 Fundamental Truths That Will Change Your Life - Lots of great insights and truths here. One of my favorites is "You are only as good as those you associate with."
- What Should I Do With My Life - This article inspired me in profound ways, and whenever I feel lost, I go back and re-read this article. The money quote "It comes down to a simple gut check: You either love what you do or you don’t. Period."
- 13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful - One of the most powerful insights is to give up on saying yes to things that don't support your goals in life.
- The 27 Rules of Conquering The Gym - I love this article because it's both real and funny. The money quote "Nope, that's not a "recovery energy bar with antioxidant dark chocolate." That's a chocolate bar." - I'm still laughing at this.
- 5 Choices You'll Regret Forever - I love the advice of not making decisions based on what other people think. Sure, take advice from trusted friends and sources, but your gut will tell you if a decision is good or not.
- Don't Destroy The Culture - I'm a big believer in culture to make companies great. It's often what sets apart good companies from great ones. It's your responsibility to make your culture great.
- My Metric for Success? Happiness - Richard Branson has always been an inspirational figure, in large part because he puts such a high premium on passion and happiness. I love this "In my opinion, true success should be measured by how happy you are."
- If I Could Start Over, Here's What I'd Do Differently - I love the suggestion to celebrate other people's success more often. In the rush of everyday life, we often forget to celebrate the little (or big) things that people do.
- Quantity of Life vs. Quality of Life - This article is actually written by one of my dearest friends, whom I have all the respect for in the world. The article is all about finding meaning in your life, and not just buying into the rat race.
- Ten Things Successful People (Who Are Actually Happy) Do Differently - One of the best insights here is "They make their health a priority. There are an absurd number of links between your health, happiness, and success." - Well said.
- The Importance of Scheduling Nothing - I'm a big fan of "making time" to think about strategic and epic initiatives, instead of just getting bogged down by day-to-day tactical things. If you don't prioritize your life, you can be sure someone else will.
- Busy is the New Stupid - I think the title more or less speaks for itself, and something I wholeheartedly agree with... even if I don't always hold true to it. Busy IS the new stupid.
- Passion, Fun, Priorities: How I Have Avoided Work-Life Balance Burnout - Work-life balance is to many the holy grail of life. It's hard to achieve, and even harder to hold on to. Here are some great insights.
- What's Missing In Leadership Is What's Missing In Ourselves - I love the idea of introspection, self-love, and self-healing in order to be a better leader and human being. "Our shortcomings as leaders are usually the unfinished business within our souls."
- Bonus: Here's a great article by Mark Manson about letting go, it's called Why The Best Things in Life Are All Backwards.