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You don’t have to look very hard to find something to complain about.

But if you look hard enough, you can find something to celebrate.

You don’t have to work very hard to do average work.

But if you work hard enough, you can create something brilliant.

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According to Denzel Washington, “You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too.  That’s part of the deal.”

We all have our aspirations and dreams.

It could be a dream job.

An ideal house.

A perfect lifestyle.

And so we pray for rain.

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There will be moments when you feel powerless.

When you feel useless.

When you think that you’re the sort of person who will never get it together.

When you feel alone, like a very small cog in a very big wheel.

Or maybe you just feel as though you’re unlucky, destined to never join the favoured few who are able to achieve their dreams.

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That angry customer who screams obscenities at you for no good reason.

That cynical critic who gives her unwanted opinion from the cheap seats.

That self-absorbed driver who cut you off on the way to work this morning.

That rude salesperson who gave you absolutely no assistance when you were looking for a new outfit.

You can allow them to ruin your day.

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The reliable courier delivers on time.

Every time.

Every day.

With a smile.

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Imagine crossing a frozen lake.

You don’t know how thick or reliable the ice is, but you know you have to cross it to get to your destination, despite the risk and potential danger.

Imagine walking across a tight-rope between two tall buildings.

The wind is blowing, the crowd is watching, the nerves are building, but you have to give it a go.

And then there are your goals in life.

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If you’re not happy with your current situation, who drove you there?

Was it your boss?

Your parents?

Your peers?

A decision made by a politician or the state of the economy?

A series of random people and events?

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If you are able to express your love to your family on a regular basis, your home life will be much more satisfying.

If you can find a way to love your work, you are more likely to have a successful career.

When confronted with hate, match it with love.

When you’re feeling envious, let love overflow.

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I could have a successful business, but…

I could become a better leader, but…

I could lose weight, but…

I could go back to university, but…

I could have a happier marriage, but…

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The motto for Blue Origin, the Aerospace company of Jeff Bezos is, “Gradatim Ferociter” which means, “Step by Step, Ferociously.”

It’s a great motto for such an ambitious project, but it’s also a terrific reminder of how we can approach the challenges that face us in life.

The reality is that we won’t get everything that we want in a moment.

It will happen over time.

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