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Its-better-to-failIt’s better to launch a business that fails, than successfully keep a dead-end job for 40 years.

It’s better to miss the potential game-winning shot, than cheer the winning team from the stands.

It’s better to make a movie that flops, than be a successful movie critic.

It’s better to write a blog about something that you’re passionate about that no-one reads, than to be a notorious on-line troll that everyone knows.

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I-dont-know-if-Im-goingThis week our youngest children, Madison and Logan, have a school excursion.

It will be their first excursion without me coming along to help, so they are a bit nervous about the experience.

They’ve been to the venue in the past, so it won’t be completely foreign to them, but with an average weather forecast and without me, there have been a few conversations about it to ease their concerns.

Out of the blue, Logan said to me, “I don’t know if I’m going to have a good time, but I hope that I do and I think that I will.”

What a great line from a 7 year-old!

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Dont-just-be-inspired-BeThe US Marines use the line, “To observe a Marine is inspirational, to be a Marine is to be exceptional.”

We live in a world where it’s easy to be inspired by the activities of others.

Athletes who overcome fourth quarter deficits to win play-off games.

Entrepreneurs who develop innovative ideas to overcome everyday problems.

Leaders who provide direction and vision during periods of adversity.

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Twenty-years-from-nowThere’s a quote that’s often attributed to Mark Twain that says:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbour.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.

In 20 years time, will you be glad that you took action towards your goals, or will you regret doing nothing?

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How-about-instead-ofHave you ever seen a dog with three legs?

They are truly remarkable.

They hobble around chasing balls and birds with their tails wagging happily, unconcerned by their apparent disability, but just focused on doing what dogs do best.

They love life, never complain and have exactly the same attitude of dogs with four legs.

How we could learn from them.

In some way, most of us are three-legged dogs.

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Are-you-avoiding-orUncertainty is one of the few things that we can be certain about in life.

And whatever we do, we can never be absolutely sure about what the future holds.

But uncertainty can be uncomfortable, so we try to avoid it.

We try to find safe, secure jobs, even if they are mundane and meaningless.

We try to control our relationships, even if that means we limit their potential.

We only read books or blogs by people we already agree with (if we read at all), so that our worldview isn’t challenged.

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Can-one-person-change-the-worldIt’s easy to look at the problems of the world and think that one person couldn’t possibly make a difference.

War, terrorism, drugs, crime, homelessness, unemployment, millions of refugees, poverty, man-made climate change, the list of massive global issues goes on and on.

Sometimes, I feel helpless.

I feel useless.

I feel completely inadequate.

And I’m not always sure where to start or even if I should bother trying.

Can one person really change the world?

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We-climb-up-and-we-slideWhatever we do in life, to go up requires effort, but to go back down takes no effort at all.

You need strength to climb a mountain or ladder, but to go back down again, you just need to let go and fall back to earth.

It takes discipline and focus to continually learn and develop new skills, but you don’t have to do anything to remain ignorant.

It takes grunt, sweat and persistence to build a successful career or business, but to waste your working years requires nothing but ambivalence.

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Make-todays-ceilingLet me challenge you today to create a foundation for phenomenal results in the future.

Whatever you did today, beat it tomorrow.

Whatever your standard is at the moment, keep raising it.

Whatever heights you’ve reached, keep looking up.

Don’t get complacent and don’t peak too early.

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Rough-seas-make-greatSometimes, I imagine what life would be like if I had no problems.

If my kids were perfect little angels.

If I had a perfect marriage.

If all of my clients were compliant, easy to deal with and were happy to pay me a lot more money.

If cars and houses didn’t need expensive maintenance.

If I was in peak physical condition (with minimal effort of course).

But it’s not like that.

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