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Wow, I’ve made it to 1000 posts.

It’s taken almost 4 years and consistently posting every week-night for most of that time, but I’ve got there.

This is a big milestone for me as I’ve never seen myself as a writer and when I started, I wasn’t sure if I had more than 50 ideas for posts.

I started this blog with the aim to inspire, encourage and equip others and I hope that I have been able to achieve this so far.

This has been a labour of love and I enjoy the challenge of coming up with content on such a regular basis.

I love statistics, so with this milestone, here are some numbers from the blog:

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I believe that everyone was born for greatness, but no-one was born great.

Great leaders, artists, explorers, athletes, inventors, parents, influencers and thinkers, were not born that way.

Greatness doesn’t come exclusively from a particular country, race, religion, gender or set of fortunate economic circumstances.

Because no-one was born great.

People who have reached greatness did so because: Read the rest of this entry »

I live a reasonably busy life and I have plenty of things to keep me occupied:

  • I am married with three young children who have increasingly active lives.
  • I run my own business from home which involves seeing clients during the day and most evenings.
  • I publish a new post on this blog every week day.

I know that I am not alone in living a full and busy life.

In the midst of all of this, there are other things that I know that I should do, but I often just can’t find the time.

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Some people seem fearless.

They march out to battle without a care in the world.

They tackle challenges that terrify everyone else.

They speak out against tyrannical regimes with a clarion voice that never wavers.

They boldly go where others dare not.

They take the last shot of a big game with ice in their veins.

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Sometimes, it’s tempting to think that we can get away with:

  • treating your loved ones poorly and still have successful, flourishing relationships.
  • eating rubbish and not exercising without any long-term health consequences.
  • consistently spending more than you earn without having to pay it back.
  • not reading or learning without any impact on the relevance of your skills.
  • putting in a minimal effort at work, yet still have a flourishing career.

This may be you.

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I stumbled across this story a couple of weeks ago and had to share it here.  I hope you like it:

An aging master grew tired of his apprentice’s complaints.

One morning, he sent him to get some salt.

When the apprentice returned, the master told him to mix a handful of salt in a glass of water and then drink it.

“How does it taste?” the master asked.

“Bitter,” said the apprentice.

The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same amount of salt and put it in a nearby lake.

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I don’t believe that life is a random series of events and we are just floating on an obscure blue-green planet for no apparent reason.

I believe there is a reason why we’re here.

I believe that we have been given unique skills and abilities to make a positive difference in the world.

I believe that we each have an opportunity to glorify our Creator through the effective use of our God-given talents.

I believe that we each have a responsibility to fully develop these capabilities.

I believe that a true purpose is noble, good and worth pursuing with passion.

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I coach my oldest son’s soccer team.

They are a great bunch of kids aged 7-8 who know each other well from school and they have a lot of fun together.

One of the things that I’ve noticed is that some of the boys just kick the ball when it comes near.  It doesn’t matter to them where they kick it, just that their foot has made contact with the ball and the ball has left their vicinity.  If the ball goes flying out of bounds, it doesn’t matter to them, soccer to them is all about kicking as hard as they can.

However, some of the boys know how to shoot.  They get the ball at their feet, can take a couple of dribbles, size up their target and let fly.  They understand the difference between random kicking and deliberate shooting, and as a consequence, they lead the team in scoring and are able to regularly celebrate slotting another goal home.

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My kids are at the age when cartoons are still the television show of preference.   My youngest son, Logan, loves super heroes, with Spiderman, Superman, Batman and the Incredible Hulk his favourites.

Of course, good guys need bad guys to deal with.  Lex Luthor is Superman’s nemesis and the Joker keeps Batman on his toes.

They battle, the good guys win and the bad guys are locked up or lick their wounds and slink away.

So, why would I admire the bad guys?  I have two main reasons:

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The late Adrienne Rich wrote a poem in 1983 titled, “Dreams Before Waking.”  In the final stanza, she wrote:

What would it mean to live

in a city whose people were changing

each other’s despair into hope?

You yourself must change it.

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