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The new Apple iPad has now been released in Australia and I’ve already heard it described by friends as a “must have” item.

Really?  Must have?  Something that didn’t exist a month ago, something that wasn’t even an idea until recently is now considered by many people to be a necessity.

Have we all gone mad?  Perhaps.

Please don’t take this as an anti-Apple rant, because it isn’t.  They do make really cool, user-friendly stuff and I am the owner of an iPhone and iPod, so I’m certainly not one to judge people who want to buy the latest gadgets.

I’m just looking for a little bit of perspective.

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I found this story from Paolo Coelho the other day and really wanted to share it.  Paolo is the master story-teller who wrote the Alchemist, a wonderful allegorical tale that I would suggest to anyone.  I recently stumbled upon Paolo’s blog and it is a fantastic resource and recommended reading.

Needing to adapt to the times, the devil decided to have a sale to get rid of his stock of old temptations.  He placed an ad in the newspaper and attended to his customers with great enthusiasm.

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Many times over the years I have heard that drinking water is good for your health.  However, it wasn’t until recently that I realised just how beneficial such a simple change can be. 

It is recommended that adults drink approximately 8 glasses of water per day (the equivalent of almost 2 litres).   Making a habit of regularly drinking water is important, but sometimes we need a compelling reason to change. 

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Silly question Darren.  Everyone does.

But be careful what you wish for.  There’s a saying that the only thing worse than not getting what you want, is getting what you want.

Research from America indicates that 70% of all lottery winners will squander their winnings in a few years.  In that time family and friendships will be destroyed and financial security will be a fantasy again.

Even more alarming is research that suggests that lottery winners take less pleasure in daily activities than quadriplegics!

Why is this the case and what can you do about it?

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Dogs are described as man’s best friends and they can be great fun to have around. 

My wife and I had two great Golden Retrievers who were brilliant companions in our house until age finally took its toll about 18 months ago.

What can we learn from our canine friends?

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In today’s Knowledge Age, there’s no getting away from this reality.  If you are aspiring to be a genuinely effective leader in this day and age, you need to make sure that you are continuing to expand your intellect through reading.

The most common excuse for not reading more is that there just isn’t enough time.  I know because it’s an excuse that I’ve used myself on many occasions.  However, the more that I read, the more that I realise how much time I’m wasting on other things that are much less important.

What are some simple ways to get started on improving your leadership through reading?

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Over the past few years, I have been responsible for recruiting dozens of people and seen hundreds of Resumes and Application Letters. 

Whilst a great application letter won’t get you a job by itself, a bad one can certainly hinder your efforts.

There are a few simple principles to keep in mind when putting together a job application letter.  Follow these and you should see your chances of job success increase.

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I’ve written previously about the importance of being solutions focused and not problem focused.

This simple story is one that I’ve heard a few times now and it illustrates the above point really well.

Two shoe salesmen were sent to Africa to see if there was a market for their product.

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Walt Disney once said,

You can dream, create, design and build the best, the most wonderful place on earth, but it requires people to make that dream a reality.

The Disney brand is very distinctive and is recognised globally.  Disney World in Orlando, Florida is the largest single-site employer in the United States with 55,000 employees.  They understand the impact that each and every staff member has on their brand and act accordingly, giving us a lot of insights into how we too can more effectively use our workforce. 

What can we learn from the Disney culture?

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Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”

Generosity is a wonderful trait to have and is one that I really admire when I see it in action.

I am fortunate to have numerous people in my life who are genuinely generous in many different ways and they are constantly influencing me to look for ways to be more generous.

What are some ways in which we can become more generous?

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