A pond is a small body of water.

It has limited resources and there is only so much room.

Of course, there are times when there is extra water from the rains that fall, but there are also periods of drought that puts extra pressure on all who live in the pond.

By contrast, an ocean is immense.

It has seemingly unlimited resources and there is an abundance of space.

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Ideas seem to come from everywhere.

They can come from a great book or an extraordinary speaker.

They can come whilst walking along the street or through the Australian bush.

They can come while you’re in the shower or on the toilet (seriously, what is it about plumbing and ideas?).

They can come at 3 am when there’s only you and your thoughts or at 3 pm in the middle of a busy day.

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Are they responsible for your happiness, or are you?

Are they responsible for your career success, or are you?

Are they responsible for your development, or are you?

Are they responsible for the quality of your relationships, or are you?

Are they responsible for your reaction to challenging situations, or are you?

Are they responsible for your financial situation, or are you?

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As a resume writer and career coach, I get a great deal of satisfaction when one of my clients gets a job.

It can be a difficult and scary process for many people and to give them the tools and confidence required to land a role that utilises their capabilities and pays the bills is a very rewarding element of my role.

However, I’ve also seen too many people stop at just getting a job.

Once they are there, they fall into a rhythm of showing up and collecting a paycheck, leading me to think that there’s more to a career than just getting a job.

So, if you have recently started a new role, congratulations, but don’t forget to: Read the rest of this entry »

Optimist International is a volunteer group that started in 1919 and is dedicated to “bringing out the best in kids.”

I stumbled upon their creed a couple of weeks ago and thought that I would share it here as it is a set of principles that are worth thinking about.

So, here is the Creed of the Optimist:

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A wise person will tell you to work hard.

He will advise you to never stop learning.

She will encourage you to find great role-models and build relationships in your field.

He will say that if you find a job you love, you will never work another day in your life.

She will make sure that you are focused on long-term gratification and counsel you to be disciplined in all aspects of your life.

He will tell you that ships aren’t meant for the harbour and we are meant to take risks if we are to live a life of significance.

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Be relentless in your search for excellence.

Be relentless in your aim to never stop improving.

Be relentless in pursuing your dreams and goals.

Be relentless when your body and mind tell you to give up.

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JaguarThere were once two jaguars who lived in the Amazon rainforest.

The first one, Jenny the jaguar loved hunting.

She enjoyed every aspect of it.

She loved the thrill of the hunt and the drama of the kill.

She looked forward to hunting, constantly looked for opportunities to develop her skills and became highly proficient.

The second one, Johnny the jaguar didn’t like hunting at all.

In fact, he dreaded it.

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As a father of three kids, I’ve read more than my fair share of Dr Suess books over the years.

Born Theodor Geisel, he is a great example of persistence, having been rejected by over 20 publishers before finally getting his break as a book writer.  He went on to sell over 600 million books!

The wonderful rhythm and rhyme of his books makes them a fantastic tool for teaching children the basics of reading, but in addition to his quirky stories there are some fantastic quotes for us adults as well.

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World CupSchadenfreude is a German word that is literally translated as “harm-joy” and means, “taking pleasure in someone else’s misery.”

In the aftermath of Germany’s clinical 7-1 thrashing of Brazil in the World Cup semi-final it’s a word that has appeared a few times.

As the Brazilian team and supporters grieved their side’s capitulation, other team’s supporters delighted in their pain and were happy to rub their face in it.

Perhaps they had been on the end of a thrashing like that from Brazil themselves in the past.

Perhaps for some reason, they just don’t like Brazil.

Perhaps they are just the kind of people who delight in the misery of others.

It seems unnecessary, but it is also a reality in the world that we live in today.  And let’s be honest, we have all delighted in someone else’s misfortune at different times.

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