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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.”

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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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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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If you’re not careful, time slips through your fingers.

If you’re not careful, opportunities will slip through your fingers.

It’s  time to close your fingers.

It’s time to stop making excuses and becoming complacent about the future.

It’s time to raise the stakes.

It’s time to grab hold of the opportunities with both hands.

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What could you achieve if you never gave up?

What could you achieve if you never gave up?

Millions of years ago the Colorado River started to chart its course through a remote region in Arizona.

As it flowed, the river started to carve out a channel.

Over the years, the canyon gradually got deeper and deeper, and wider and wider.

Every day, the flowing water removed more material and continued to make an imprint on the landscape.

And so, today, we have one of the world’s marvels, an extraordinary example of the power of persistence.

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