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Dont-expect-to-get-yourThere’s an old story about a man who prayed to God that he would win the lottery.

Every night, he got down on his knees and pleaded with the Almighty to hit the jackpot.

After a month, he looked to the heavens and wondered why God still hadn’t granted his prayer.

He heard a loud booming voice come from above that simply said, “At the very least you could have bought a ticket!”

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Living-with-purpose-isIt can be tempting sometimes to look for the easy road, the comfortable path, the guaranteed outcome.

But I’m not sure that life works like that (and I’m not sure that it should).

So, remember, if you have to work hard to get it, it’s probably worth the effort and you will look back with pride on your achievements.

If you take a risk and fall, you’ll realise that it doesn’t hurt as much as you thought it would.

If you’re aware of how much you still have to learn to become an expert in your field, then you have a great opportunity for growth and development.

If you have bad days, weeks or months, then the good times will feel so much better when they inevitably come.

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A few weeks ago, I saw a dad trying in vain to deal with his 3-year-old girl who was trying to look through the window of her big sister’s classroom.

“Matilda come away from there, Matilda come away from there, Matilda come away from there, Matilda come away from there,” the dad repeated from a distance.

After the Matilda (not her real name) ignored his pleas, he just gave up and took out his phone.

Similarly, I was at a kid’s party with one of my sons when another child from another party started to misbehave.

“If you do that again, we’re going home,” his mum warned.

The looked at her defiantly and did it again.

They didn’t go home.

I call this pointless parenting because in reality, they would have been better not to say anything at all.

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If it looks like an opportunity.

If it feels like an opportunity.

If you suspect in any way, shape or form that it’s an opportunity.

Then it’s an opportunity.

So don’t miss it.

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In 1973, E.B. White, the author of Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little, received a letter from a fan expressing his dismay at the world and concern for the future.

This is White’s timeless and brilliant response:

Dear Mr. Nadeau:

As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the contagion may spread and the scene is not desolate. Hope is the thing that is left to us, in a bad time. I shall get up Sunday morning and wind the clock, as a contribution to order and steadfastness. Read the rest of this entry »

Photo by Mamboman1 via Flickr

Photo by Mamboman1 via Flickr

Freddie the frog was hopping past a pond when he heard a loud sigh.

He stopped and saw a sad looking frog named Frank sitting on a lily pad.

“What’s wrong?” Freddie asked.

“Life is so hard here on this pond,” said Frank, “there used to be more insects to eat, now I’m starving.”

“I live in the pond down the road, we have plenty of insects to share,” explained Freddie.

“I wish that there were more insects here, then I wouldn’t have to move.”

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One small note of thanks…

One small smile…

One small word of encouragement…

One small act of kindness…

One small prayer…

One small affirmation…

One small coaching tip…

One small gift…

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Today, I have a simple message for you.

You matter!

Not because you have a sexy job title, and even if you don’t.

Not because you make a lot of money, and even if you don’t.

Not because you’re successful and high achieving, and even if you’re not.

Not because you are well-connected, and even if you’re not.

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A person with a cause has enormous power and the capacity to overcome massive challenges to deliver phenomenal outcomes.

They can start a war, or stop one.

They can do great harm, or provide healing.

They can oppress, or they can set free.

They can maintain the status quo, or revolutionise their field.

They can be completely self-absorbed, or focused on helping the people around them.

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This has to be one of the most inspiring quotes from one of the most inspiring movie characters of all time.  I hope you like it:

“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows.  It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently, if you let it.

You, me or nobody, is gonna hit as hard as life.

But ain’t about how hard you hit.  It’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward.  How much you can take, and keep moving forward.

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