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Enjoy-the-Battle-You-mayThere are times when life feels like a battle.

When it’s appears easier to give up than to keep going.

When your enemies seem to outnumber your allies.

When your problems seem insurmountable and unending.

When you find yourself looking over your shoulder and you’re afraid of what will happen next.

When you look to the heavens and wonder where God has gone.

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Were-all-a-little-bitWe’re all a little bit weird, I know I am.

We all have our idiosyncrasies.

There are aspects of our personalities that we hope no-one knows about us.

And there are things that we do that annoy other people that we aren’t even aware of.

The challenge is to not to become so fixated on our own strangeness that we define ourselves by them and underestimate our capabilities.

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Youre-looking-to-grindActor Jeremy Piven, who plays legendary character Ari Gold in Entourage, was recently interviewed in Rhapsody Magazine.

In this interview, he was asked, “Before Entourage, you had more than 60 on-screen credits without a breakthrough.  Was there ever a time when you felt like giving up.”

Jeremy responded: Read the rest of this entry »

Matt Dellavedova

Matt Dellavedova celebrating a win with Lebron James in the 2015 NBA Finals

I love basketball and seeing Australian athletes shine on the big stage, so to see Andrew Bogut and Matt Dellavedova starting for the two NBA Finalists, the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Andrew Bogut was the first pick in his draft year and he has been in the league for many years, so it’s not such a surprise to see him there, but Matt Dellavedova is another story.

So what’s so inspiring about him? Read the rest of this entry »

Its-time-to-free-yourFor some people, their dreams are like a bird that they keep in a cage.

They hear them sing, reminding them of the possibilities.

They feed them just enough to keep them alive.

They admire them, but don’t have the courage to let them loose.

They know that they are meant for more, but feel safer and more comfortable when their dreams are restrained.

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Make-sure-that-your-pastAll the mistakes that you’ve ever made…

All of your abject failures and embarrassments…

All of the horrible things that have taken place…

All of the negative things that critics have said about you…

All of the rejections and doors that were slammed in your face…

Make sure that they leave bruises, not tattoos.

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By-all-means-feel-freeYou buy expensive jackets that you don’t need on a whim.

You start learning the banjo on a whim.

You decide to buy flowers for your wife on a whim.

But you can’t meet challenging goals on a whim.

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A-man-who-wants-to-leadThere’s a problem with following the crowd.

The crowd is scared, which is why it finds safety in numbers.

The crowd is ignorant, which is why it refuses to think for itself.

The crowd is compliant, pulling anyone into line who gets too ambitious.

The crowd is average, excellence is for individuals not sheep.

The crowd is unremarkable, with everyone merging together in one big ugly mass.

So don’t follow the crowd, they won’t take you where you need to go to make a difference in the world.

Be courageous and take the risks required to make the most out of life.

Keep learning, growing and developing new skills for the rest of your days.

Be innovative, creative and entrepreneurial.

Set high expectations for you own work and keep yourself accountable for delivering phenomenal outcomes.

And be remarkable, remembering that you have a unique set of skills, perspectives and ideas that enable you to leave an indelible print on the world around you.

Max Lucado once said, “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.”

It’s time to leave the crowd behind.

It’s time to forge a path to greatness!

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Harriette Thompson

92-year-old Harriette Thompson running a marathon. What an inspiration!

Earlier this week I stumbled across the inspiring story of 92-year-old Harriette Thompson, who successfully ran a marathon in San Diego over the weekend.

She ran it in just over 7 hours and it was her 16th completed marathon.

What an extraordinary achievement!

As I consider Harriette’s phenomenal performance, I think that there are three things that we can learn from her: Read the rest of this entry »

Dont-try-to-be-betterDon’t try to be better than your nemesis.

Don’t try to be better than your competition.

Don’t try to be better than your next-door neighbour or the person in the next cubicle.

Don’t try to be better than your wife’s ex-boyfriend (or your ex-wife’s new boyfriend).

Don’t try to be better than your parents expected you to be.

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