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I bought takeaway Chinese food the other day from the food court in our local shopping centre.

As the dude was scooping fried rice and teriyaki chicken into the plastic container, I was sending him telepathic messages.

“Fill it up. You can fit more in. One more scoop.”

I really wanted to get my money’s worth and clearly my powers of mental persuasion were in full effect, as he heaped my food into the container.

As I walked home, feeling smug about my food, I realised that there is an important principle here.

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Sometimes, it’s hard to see the opportunities that are all around you.

It’s difficult to see what path you should be taking next.

It’s almost impossible to identify the magic spot where your passion, your expertise and the market collide.

Of course, you could just give up and say that there’s nothing to see.

Or you can squint your eyes and tilt your head.

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Some people expect that to become successful, all that they need to do is get into the open seas, put up a sail and the winds will take them where they need to go.

But I’m not sure that it works like that.

Sure, you may get lucky, but what if there is no wind?  What if there is a hurricane?  What if the wind blows in the wrong direction?

Don’t rely on the winds, grab an oar and start rowing!

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Over the years, I have worked with a few clients in show business who have been in the credits of a handful of movies and television series.

They’re not necessarily household names, but at the end of these movies, when the credits roll, they are recognised for the contribution that they have made.

There are lots of names there.  The big stars, the stunt women, the boom operator and the dude who delivers the sandwiches.

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Today, I want to encourage you to make the most of every opportunity.

Every opportunity to do your best work.

Every opportunity to laugh and express yourself with joy.

Every opportunity to encourage and inspire another person.

Every opportunity to learn from someone wiser that you.

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If you’re designing a large building, the cheapest and quickest way to do it is to use pre-fabricated concrete panels.

They’re put together in a factory somewhere, transported to the site and then are put into place by a very clever crane-operator and his crew.

Instant wall.

It’s much faster than building brick by brick.

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When you watch the evening news and witness the terrible atrocities, crimes and events from around the globe, you have a choice.

You can shake your fist at the screen in outrage.

You can bemoan the loss of values in society.

You can shiver in fear, believing that it’s only going to get worse.

Or,

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You shouldn’t be competing against the person next to you, you should be looking to build on what you did last time.

You shouldn’t be making comparisons with others, you should be comparing yourself to who you were yesterday.

You shouldn’t be reliant on how well others perform, you should be continually improving your own performance.

You shouldn’t be happy when others fail or sad when they succeed, you should be satisfied with your own standard.

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I love a good sequel.

Star Wars, Marvel’s Avengers.  I even loved Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey (yes I’m that old).

But some things don’t need a sequel.

That bad day that you had at work.  Don’t repeat it.

That time you allowed yourself to become distracted from your goals.  Leave that behind.

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I often get an impulse to do something nice, but too often, I don’t act upon it.

I wait too long and the moment passes.

I underestimate the potential impact and don’t think that it’s worth the effort.

Or I just pretend that I’m too busy and ignore the impulse.

Last weekend was Hayden’s first football match for the season.

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