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Once a dream or aspiration is implanted in your mind, how long do you get to achieve it before it’s too late?

One year?

Five years?

A decade?

If you haven’t achieved your goals by the age of 30 is it too late?

What about 40, 50 or 60?

I know that some goals are dependent upon your age.  If I wanted to become a professional athlete, I probably needed to start well before now.

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I live in two alternate dream worlds.

In the first one, everything goes according to plan.

None of my loved ones get sick or have their feelings hurt.

Everyone is kind and considerate.

I have lots of money and don’t have to work too hard to get it.

All of my plans and aspirations are achieved with minimal effort and within very short timeframes.

In the second world, I understand that not everything works out quite so perfectly.

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Wherever you go, take a book with you.

When you go to visit the doctor and know that you will have to wait, it will help to make good use of the time.

When you travel anywhere by train, bus or plane, a good book is a great way to maximise the trip.

When you have to pick up the kids from school, you can flick through a few pages while you wait.

Whatever you do, wherever you go, just take a book.

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Before the final of the Australian version of the Voice, Will.i.am and the other coaches, Kylie Minogue, Joel Madden and Ricky Martin had dinner with their talented proteges.

As they shared stories, reflected on their journey so far and admired each other’s talents, Will said to the group that they all had the potential to become superstars, but the difference between superstars and potential stars is:

“…An open mind, thick skin and relentless dedication.”

It was great advice to these young artists and is transferable across all spheres of life. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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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