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Poets need pain to write from the heart.

Athletes need to tear muscle to build muscle.

Caterpillars need to struggle out of their cocoons to become butterflies.

Scientists need multitudes of failed experiments before they make their great discoveries.

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Philippians 4:8 says,

Whatever is true,

Whatever is noble,

Whatever is right,

Whatever is pure,

Whatever is lovely, Read the rest of this entry »

Those who brew their own beer say that it’s better than something that has been bought from the store.

Brazilian football players who grow up in the favelas have a far greater record than those from expensive academies.

Those who make their own fortune seem to do more with it than those who just inherited a lot of money.

And the satisfaction of painting a room or completing a do-it-yourself project around the house is something that can’t be matched by paying a tradesperson to complete the task.

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It doesn’t need to happen quickly.

You don’t need to become an overnight success.

You don’t need to rush everything.

You don’t need to get the desired outcome on your first attempt.

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Hope is for suckers.

It’s asking to have your heart broken.

Optimists are only going to be disappointed.

A belief in a better future is naive and futile.

Nothing will change, the world is what it is, so we only need to look out for today and for ourselves.

Hope is for suckers.

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On a long drive to an unfamiliar destination, I often hope that after the next bend or the next hill, a relevant landmark will be there to let me know that I’ve almost made it.

Yet, so often, my hope is in vain.

“Maybe this will be the one.”

“Nope.”

Surely after this hill.”

“Nope”

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Don’t get distracted by what they’re doing.

Don’t think worry about whether or not they are better or worse than you.

Don’t get caught up in the fact that they do it differently to how you would do it.

Don’t silently hope that they fail.

Don’t wish that you were as talented.

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One of the books that I’m reading at the moment is Brené Brown’s “Dare to Lead” and in discussing building trust with others, she says:

“It turns out that trust is in fact earned in the smallest of moments.  It is earned not through heroic deeds, or even highly visible actions, but through paying attention, listening, and gestures of genuine care and connection.”

I often fall into the trap of looking for the big moments to build trust and gain respect with the people around me.

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I would like you to consider the past 24 hours.

Were they successful, or perhaps not?

Did you achieve all that you set out to, or were there disappointments?

Do you feel proud of what you contributed, or are you silently hoping that no-one else noticed?

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A friend of mine bought a nice, new bicycle a few months ago.

When she bought it, she took photos and showed everyone.

She would brag about how pretty it was.

But she still hasn’t taken it for a ride.

Instead of being used for what it was made for, it has become an extravagant ornament.

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