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Don’t aim to be a leader… aim to be an inspiring leader.
Don’t aim to own a business… aim to own a phenomenal business.
Don’t aim to get a job… aim to make a significant contribution through a job.
Don’t aim to train or teach others… aim to leave an indelible mark.
Don’t aim to become a speaker or writing… aim to speak and write in a way that changes people’s lives.
Don’t aim to just raise your kids… aim to become an extraordinary parent.
After their first foray into the AFL finals in many years in 2013, the Richmond Football Club had big, bold plans for 2014.
The team had improved every year under coach Damien Hardwick and were ready to launch themselves at the top of the ladder in his fifth season at the helm.
But the start of the year didn’t go according to plan, with key injuries, poor performances and confidence dropping by the week, resulting in a 3-10 start to the season. This placed the Tigers equal bottom of the ladder with nine games to go.
They were written off by everyone else, as finals seemed a mathematical impossibility. No team had ever recovered from such a shambolic start and the underachieving Tigers didn’t seem like the kind of club that could beat the odds.
But they dared to dream.
This is one of those weeks, when I’ve clearly bitten off more than I can chew.
We had a large number of clients coming through, many with challenging deadlines, and I am going to be out for a couple of days helping on my oldest son’s school camp. In the midst of that, I’ve still managed to maintain my usual blogging schedule.
As I look at everything that needs to be done in such a short period of time, I am reminded of the old adage:
Q: How do you eat an elephant?
A: One bite at a time!
Good things come to those who don’t wait…
- for the right opportunity,
- for permission from others,
- until everything is perfect,
- until they have the time.
Waiting to take action is just another excuse for inaction and won’t get you anywhere.
I’ve found that whenever I take action: Read the rest of this entry »
I had to mow the lawn last weekend. Before I started, I dreaded the thought.
Then I did what I had to do and afterwards, I looked at the result and was rapt. I also love the smell of freshly cut grass and was glad that I had done it.
Sometimes, when I’m tired, before a client arrives all calls, I dread the appointment.
But afterwards, each and every time, I feel energised and alive, hoping that I’ve made a difference and feeling thankful for the opportunity that I have to interact with people from all walks of life.
By all means, tell us your intentions.
Give us an idea of your aspirations and goals.
Feel free to state your values and make them clear.
But in the end, we will judge you by your actions.
In our local shopping centre is a middle-aged Chinese man who washes the windows.
Every time I see him working, he has a big smile on his face and is either singing or whistling to himself.
It’s not a fun, glamorous job and he doesn’t work in great conditions, but he is always singing.
When he’s working outside on a stinking hot day in the middle of summer, he’s singing.
When he’s working outside on a freezing cold, windy day in the middle of winter, he’s singing.
Whether customers smile at him, scowl or just ignore him, he’s singing.
“Who’s fault is this?”
“Why do I have to do this?”
“Why can’t my life be more like …?”
“When is the economy going to get better?”
“When is my luck going to change?”
I suspect that this is one of the most important questions that you can ask yourself today.
Do you seek comfort or courage?
Are you aspiring for an easy life, or for a life that matters?
Are you looking to stay safe, or to take risks?
Do you want to stop work and retire early, or do you want to maximise your skills for as long as you can?
Do you want to hide in the herd, or do you want to be remarkable?
Do you hope for predictability, or a life of adventure?
Imagine an extraordinary future.
One where you are doing your best work at a world-class level.
Where your influence is greater than you could imagine.
Where you are able to make a decent living doing work that you love.
Where you are healthy and energetic.
Where you are making a positive difference in the world that will last well after you’re gone.