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The above statement has been heard on many occasions and I’m sure that you’re familiar with the term.

The term was first used in the Bible in Galatians 6:7 and continues to resonate today because we know that it’s true.

Unfortunately, so often it’s said in hindsight.

Something goes wrong in someone else’s life and we tell people that they reaped what they sowed.  Everyone nods their heads knowingly and feel relieved that it wasn’t them.

I suspect that we focus too much on the reaping and not enough on the sowing.

Let’s change that together!

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When an elephant is young, if a trainer puts a chain around its leg and restrains it from moving far, the young elephant will initially try to escape.

After trying for a while, the animal realises that escaping is futile and gives in to the restraint, enabling the trainer to control the elephant for the rest of its life.  From then on, all that is required is a chain around its leg and a wooden peg in the ground that you or I could pull out, but the elephant doesn’t.


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Deep sea fishing from a boat in the Gulf of Mexico

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Over the past few weeks, I have had the realisation that there are many similarities between searching for a job and fishing and have used these principles with clients when discussing their career options.

I’m not much of a fisherman, but my understanding is that there are a few key things to keep in mind when trying to catch fish:

  • Using a boat is generally more effective than fishing off a pier
  • You need to have the right bait and equipment
  • You need to be patient
  • You won’t catch a fish with every cast
  • After you get a bite, you still need to land it
  • Sometimes you’ll catch a particular breed of fish when you were trying for something else
  • Local knowledge can make a big difference
  • Sometimes you can do everything right and still not catch anything
  • Sometimes you can do everything wrong and still catch something
  • If you don’t cast a line, fish won’t just jump into your boat

So, how is this like looking for a job?

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A Roman denarius, a standardized silver coin.

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OK, now Darren’s really gone off the deep end.

Bear with me, this does make sense.

The theory is this, when you have a decision to make, assign an option to heads and tails, toss a coin and go from there.  it sounds simplistic (and in many ways it is).

Why does this work?

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Today is a day of double celebration for me.  It’s my birthday and this is my 100th post on the Better Life Coaching Blog.    

Whilst I am conscious that age is catching up with me, getting to 100 posts has happened much quicker than I would have thought.     

A few times my wife Karen, has asked if I think that I’ll run out of ideas for posts.  Whilst that’s certainly possible in the future, I’m rapt that for the time being, the ideas are still flowing.    

The challenge ahead is to keep reading, keep learning, keep thinking and keep writing.    

I would like to thank the following people for their part in this journey so far:    

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What have you got to give away for free?

It’s a question that I’ve been asking myself more and more recently. 

You see, the world has changed and the more that people begin to give away, the more opportunities present to make a meaningful contribution to those around them.

Often the question that people ask is, “How much can I make from this?”

A better question is, “How much will it cost to give away?”

Chances are the answer is nothing, so try giving one of these things away.

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You know the difference.

Thermometers tell us the temperature and thermostats regulate it.

If you want to be a leader, aim to be a thermostat, not a thermometer.


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There’s nothing like a nice relaxing Sunday afternoon.

Sport on the TV, a full belly, quiet and content kids, feet up on the couch with a nice coffee and the weekend newspaper.  Perhaps you even manage a little nap.

It’s pure bliss isn’t it?

Wouldn’t it be awesome if every day was like that?

Or would it?

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I love watching wildlife documentaries.  

Thankfully, so does my five year old son Hayden, so we’ll often be seen on the couch together watching another David Attenborough classic.  

One of my favourites is about cheetahs.  As the fastest land mammal and capable of extraordinary athleticism, to watch them in full pursuit is amazing viewing.  

I was discussing them with Hayden a few days ago and realised that there are a couple of great principles that we can learn from them.  

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Warren Buffett is one of the most influential and successful investors in the world with a net worth of approximately 47 billion dollars.  This makes him the third richest person in the world.  He is also a well-known philanthropist who has given away tens of billions of dollars to charitable foundations.

Now aged 79, Buffett’s investment philosophies have stood the test of time and have been imitated by many others in their search for increased financial independence.

I’m not an expert on finances, but I think that there are some great life principles that we can learn from his great success story.

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