We lost a great one today, when basketball legend, Kobe Bryant, was tragically killed at the age of 41 in a helicopter crash.

It was heart-breaking news about an extraordinary and much-admired athlete who was renowned for his insatiable work ethic and focus on success.

Bryant once said,

We can always kind of be average and do what’s normal. I’m not in this to do what’s normal.

And he certainly wasn’t normal.

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That book you’re reading at the moment may not be the best, but that doesn’t mean you should give up reading altogether.

Just move on to the next one.

You may feel stiff and sore after your last run, but that doesn’t mean you should give up exercising.

Just stretch and go again.

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In a crisis, you have a choice.

You can throw your hands up in despair.

You can complain to everyone within earshot.

You can act like it’s the end of the world and be a victim.

You can wallow in misery and try to recruit others to join you.

Or you can lead.

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In his timeless classic, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie tells the fable of the sun and the wind.

The quarreled about which was the stronger, and the wind said, “I’ll prove I am.  See the old man down there with a coat?  I bet I can get his coat off him quicker than you can.”

So the sun went behind a cloud, and the wind blew until it was almost a tornado, but the harder it blew, the tighter the old man clutched his coat to him.

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Martin Luther King Jnr once said in a commencement speech,

“All I’m saying is simply this: that all life is interrelated, that somehow we’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”

At this time, when we remember a great man, this is my prayer.

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For the price of a cup of coffee, you can have a great conversation with someone.

You can listen to them and they can listen to you.

You can provide mentoring, or be mentored.

You can encourage and be encouraged.

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Just imagine what it would look like if you were able to help the people around you to walk two inches taller.

If after every interaction, they felt better about themselves, more confident, more valued.

It doesn’t take much.

A simple thank you.

A compliment on the standard of their work.

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We dream when we sleep.

Bold, lofty dreams.

Dreams full of extraordinary deeds.

Wonderful, warm dreams that we don’t want to wake up from.

But we do.

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If you want to expand your mind… read.

Every day, without exception.

If you want to get fitter… move.

Every day, without exception.

If you want to build better relationships with others… smile and listen.

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I want you to be a little bit uncomfortable in the next 24 hours.

A little bit afraid.

A little bit daunted.

Not quite sure of the outcome.

Because if you feel a little bit uncomfortable, afraid and daunted, chances are you’re doing something that matters.

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