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Two bricklayers were approached by a reporter.
The reporter asked the first bricklayer, “What are you doing?”
His response was to complain that he was virtually a slave. An underpaid labourer who spent his days wasting his time, placing one brick on top of another for hours on end.
The reporter ask the second worker the same question.
His response, however, was quite different.
Last week, my seven year-old son, Hayden, had to discuss resilience with the family and come up with a definition of the word for his homework.
This is what he came up with:
Resilience is when you keep going and keep smiling even when things get tough.
I love it!
Let me encourage you today, if you are finding life to be a challenge to follow Hayden’s definition.
Cockroaches are disgusting insects.
They scurry around the floor, fitting into the smallest space imaginable and spreading disease.
They love dirty surfaces and thrive wherever there’s a mess.
And our first instinct is to step on them when we see them.
It seems like a reasonable thing to do. See cockroach, step on cockroach.
But some people seem to spend their lives stepping on cockroaches and I think that it’s time for a different strategy.
In this Knowledge Age that we live in, it’s never been easier to build an audience.
It could be through a blog, a YouTube video or a Facebook page, but there are a whole range of ways to connect with people from all over the world, most of which didn’t even exist only a decade ago.
Some people will give you tips and hints on how to build your audience.
That’s not the purpose of this blog.
One of my favourite blogs at the moment is “Live Your Legend” by life coach and entrepreneur, Scott Dinsmore.
During the interview, Simon mentions that only 10% of Navy Seals make it through the initial training process and he gives some insights as to who gets through.
It’s not the big, muscle-bound guys. They look impressive, but don’t have what it takes.
There’s an old Chinese tale of a farmer.
He lived in a small rural community and had farmed traditional crops like corn and wheat of his life, just like his neighbours.
But this farmer wanted more than what his neighbors had, so he started researching alternative crops.
After studying a variety of options, he decided on bamboo.
The climate, soil conditions and equipment at his disposal could make growing and harvesting bamboo a profitable business. He was convinced he was making the wisest choice and began making the changes needed to become a bamboo farmer.
Upon telling his fellow farmers his idea, they mocked him, calling him foolish, all the time warning him of his impending peril.
However, our farmer remained unshaken, he had done extensive research and was confident that he was making the right decision.
If you know anything about bamboo, you know that the first year after it’s been planted, nothing happens.
The brightly coloured poison dart frog is a remarkable creature.
Native to the jungles of South America, this group of frog species secretes toxins from its skin that was used by the local indigenous people to poison their blowdarts.
The most poisonous member of the family, the golden poison frog, is able to produce poison that’s strong enough to kill up to 20 men.
So where does such a beautiful amphibian gets its poison from?
In my younger years (OK, much younger years), I used to play Australian Rules Football for a local footy club.
In pre-season training, one of the common drills we performed was multiple sprints. The team would be broken into small groups and then sprint hard for distances of either 50 or 100 metres, repeating the process 20 or 30 times within quick succession.
It could be brutal and there was always a temptation to slow down just before you hit the line.
But the best players never did, they always kept sprinting to the end.
One of the things that I’ve noticed over the years is that at all levels, this is one of the factors that separates the champions from the rest.
I’ve met a lot of people over the years who are yet to start taking action on their goals.
And I’ve been reminded again recently that life is very short. Too short to let a day go to waste.
I don’t know what your situation is or what your aspirations for life are, but if you’re sitting around allowing life to float by, I have a question for you today.
What are you waiting for?
Work is a big part of our lives.
The average person will spend 100,000 hours at work during their careers.
That’s a scary thought if you hate what you do for a living.
But instead of doing something about it and finding meaningful work that we love, we come up with a range of excuses that we keep telling ourselves over and over again until we believe them.
Here are the top 10 lies that I’ve come across: Read the rest of this entry »