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In the midst of the English cricket team’s disastrous tour of Australia, former England captain, David Gower said, ”

“The moment you believe that what you’ve been talking about is actually going to happen, that’s the moment you gain the ability to make it happen more often.  Australia suddenly believed it could win – and that has made all the difference.”

I love this quote as it reminds me of the importance of self-belief in living a successful life.

If an athlete goes into a contest with the belief that she has done the work and has the talent to win, the chances of success are much higher.

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Just over a year ago, Karen and I took a massive risk.

I quit my job (which I loved) and we launched our resume writing and career coaching business full-time.

For the first time in our lives, we didn’t have a regular, stable salary to fall back on.

We have a mortgage, three kids in private education and, of course, the usual household bills.

When we made our decision, most people were very encouraging and supportive and the community on this site has been phenomenal.

But there were those who clearly thought that we were crazy.

“You’re doing what?  Is there really a market for that?” they would ask skeptically.

I was OK with their skepticism as I occasionally asked similar questions myself.

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This is the year to make a ruckus.

Not the kind of ruckus that is annoying and easy to forget, but the kind of important, compelling ruckus that can’t be ignored.

The kind that questions the status quo.

The kind that brings attention to important issues.

The kind that challenges the thinking of others.

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