dont-get-a-job-find-yourFrom a young age, we feel this strange compulsion to get a job.

It makes sense.  We have to find a way to make money, to buy food and keep a roof over our heads.

There are certain expectations of us.  From our parents, our friends, society.

Get a job.

While you’re at it, make it a good one.  One with a fancy title and good pay.

You’re going to be spending a lot of time at work, so you may as well get well paid for it.

But is that all there is?

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all-of-the-greatsThere was a time when LeBron James didn’t know how to play basketball.

There was a time when Warren Buffett knew nothing about investing.

There was a time when J.K. Rowling had never been published.

There was a time when Eric Clapton had never picked up a guitar.

There was a time when Bill Gates didn’t have a clue about computers.

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victory-or-defeat-is-notI stumbled upon a great quote this week:

“Victory or defeat is not determined at the moment of crisis, but rather in the long and unspectacular period of preparation.”  Anonymous

I had a client this week who was the principal dancer for an international ballet company.  He described the years of hard work and practice behind closed doors that it took to hone his skills to an elite, world class standard.

I don’t know what you want to do with your life, but I suspect that there’s a long road ahead.

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i-hope-that-we-each-canGive them confidence in their abilities.

Give them the self-belief required to take risks.

Lift them off the canvas when they fall.

Build them up.

Encourage them.

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there-is-only-you-andThere is no grand conspiracy against you.

There is no-one plotting your imminent downfall.

Your name isn’t on a list somewhere of people who are destined to stumble.

There is only you, and your capacity to take responsibility for the quality of your work.

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you-are-useful-you-areCassie the cassowary lived a lonely life.

She would wander through the forest, eating fallen fruit, while other birds flew among the trees.

“Why can’t you fly?” they would ask.

“Your puny little wings can’t even lift you off the ground!” they would say with derision.

“You’re a disgrace to birds.” they would chirp before they flew away.

Cassie was feeling increasingly isolated and useless, so she decided to leave the forest for good.

As she walked free from the trees, she heard a deep voice from behind.

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get-those-ideas-out-ofThat song that’s been buzzing around in your head all week.

That business idea that you’ve been mulling over for years.

That message that you’ve been meaning to share with your kids.

Those suggestions that you’ve always wanted to make at work.

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what-are-you-doing-todayWe all want a better future, but it won’t happen by accident.

Things won’t get better just because the stars randomly align or we win the lottery.

We have a better future when we make positive decisions and take deliberate action today.

If we read today, we’ll be smarter tomorrow.

If we spend time with our families today, we’ll have better relationships tomorrow.

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i-would-rather-be-an-optimistI would rather be an optimist who believes in a better future that never eventuates…

I would rather look for the good in people, even if they let me down…

I would rather try my best, even if it’s never appreciated or noticed…

I would rather dig for gold that’s never found…

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footprints-of-joyWherever we go, we leave a mark.

Whether or not by accident or by design every conversation and interaction leaves an impression.

It’s easy to make snarky comments, put others down and leave a trail of suspicion and fear.

Today I want to encourage you to leave footprints of joy.

To leave behind people who feel better about themselves.

To leave them smiling.

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