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Yes-there-are-risks-inTom was visiting Dwyer for his regular catch up.

He was unsure about the future and wanted greater certainty about the next step.

“I know that it’s what I need to do, but what if it doesn’t work?  What if I fail?  What if it’s an unnecessary risk?  What if I’m better off staying where I am?”

Dwyer looked at his protegé with a smile and asked Tom, “Have you ever seen the wildebeest migration?”

“The what?”  Tom responded.  He was used to Dwyer’s strange questions, but this one took him by surprise. Read the rest of this entry »

Today-is-the-day-to-helpToday is the day to help someone else achieve their dreams.

Encourage them.

Coach them.

Share your experiences with them.

Enable them to debrief after a negative experience.

Cheer them on.

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The-good-news-is-thatAt the end of an interaction with a new contact or client, it’s customary to leave a calling card.

Of course, you can do it the old-fashioned way and give them a piece of cardboard with your name and number on it.

Or you could leave them with something more impacting and longer lasting.

They can walk away impressed by your passion.

They can recall your knowledge and wisdom.

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Im-not-a-prophet-or-aTry and copy the late, great David Bowie.

Go on, I dare you.

See if you can replicate this extraordinary artist’s career across music, film and fashion.

Attempt to inspire and influence people from multiple generations.

Dare to become a unique global icon in your field of endeavour in the same way that he did.

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Not-if-WhenYou have the skills required to make the world a better place.

Not if you get the right opportunity, when you actively seek it out.

Not if you feel like it, when you are disciplined.

Not if you can find the time, when your actions match your priorities.

Not if you can find something that you’re passionate about, when you start living with energy and enthusiasm.

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Today-and-every-day-youYou can be an average office worker, or you can be a remarkable office worker.

You can be an average accountant, or you can be a phenomenal accountant.

You can be an average personal trainer, or you can be a magnificent personal trainer.

You can be an average teacher, or you can be an exceptional teacher.

You can be an average sales person, or you can be a brilliant salesperson.

You can be an average nurse, or you can be an outstanding nurse.

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Is-it-raining-ThatRunning great Emil Zatopek once said,

When a person trains once, nothing happens. When a person forces himself to do a thing a hundred or a thousand times, then he certainly has developed in more ways than physical.

Is it raining? That doesn’t matter.

Am I tired? That doesn’t matter either.

Then willpower will be no problem.

This is the year of no excuses.

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Gadgets-wont-change-theA Fitbit won’t do the exercise for you.

An expensive Nikon won’t make you a better photographer.

A Thermomix won’t turn you into a world-class chef.

A Kindle won’t instantly make you smarter, no matter how many books you download.

And a Fender Stratocaster won’t transform you into an instant guitar legend.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love my gadgets, but they don’t get the job done by themselves.

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Its-time-to-choose-faithBefore a comedian takes the microphone, he needs to have faith in his material, not be fearful that no-one will laugh.

Before a tight-rope walker steps onto the rope, he needs to trust his training and technique, not be afraid of falling.

Before a leader launches an innovative initiative, she needs to believe that it will work, not have her mind dominated by lingering doubts.

Before a pilot takes off, he needs to know that the plane will get off the ground safely, not suspect that there will be issues.

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There-has-to-be-a-firstOxpeckers are amazing birds.

They are a small bird, only about 20 cm long, who get all of their food from landing on large mammals and consuming ticks and other small parasites.

Birds are normally flighty and timid, but these guys are incredibly brave, landing on antelopes, wildebeest, cattle and even elephants to gather their food.

But how did it start?

Who was the first oxpecker?

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