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To do something great and remarkable with your life, you must be prepared to lose.

There are risks involved.

You will make mistakes.

There will be critics.

There will be obstacles.

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We see you.

Your kind deeds.

Your hard work.

Your acts of generosity.

Your persistence.

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Whatever you do…

Don’t do it half-heartedly.

Don’t do it to an average standard.

Don’t hope that no-one notices the shoddy workmanship.

Don’t complain whilst doing it.

Don’t do it with one eye on the clock.

Don’t cut corners.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.

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Sometimes, we look at the top of the mountain and wonder if there’s much room at the top.

We imagine it to be a lonely place that only a chosen few can climb to.

It’s not for me.

It’s certainly not for you.

It’s just for them.

I want to tell you today, that there is room at the top.

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There’s a lot of hard work ahead required to be successful.

Enjoy it.

There will be moments of victory, moments to celebrate.

Enjoy them.

There will be times when you look back and reflect on how far you’ve come.

Enjoy them.

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I love watching elite sport and listening to great music.

There’s something about it that gets the pulse racing and fills the heart with a range of emotions.

A close win is exhilarating.

A great anthem is inspiring.

A harrowing loss is exhausting.

A sad ballad is thought provoking.

Throughout my life I’ve played sport and music, neither very well, but both were wonderful experiences.

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This Saturday, my beloved Richmond Football Club has a chance to win their third AFL Grand Final in four years.

After such a tumultuous year, it has been a remarkable achievement from them (and their opponents, Geelong) to make it to the big dance and it’s a wonderful opportunity for them to cement their place in history as one of the great modern dynasties of football.

The Richmond theme song has been heard a lot over the past few years and the war cry of “Yellow and Black” from 100,000 fans makes it one of the most popular reprises in the league, but it’s another line in the song that resonates with me.

“In any weather you will see us with a grin.”

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Do you want the people around you to succeed?

To thrive?

To flourish?

Are you happy for that to happen elsewhere, even if you don’t directly benefit?

Are you comfortable with them outshining you?

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With the advent of social media, it seems as though everyone has a megaphone to speak into.

With a few spoken or written words, we can cast our thoughts into the stratosphere for the masses to consume.

It doesn’t take a lot of thought or preparation.  A stream of consciousness will do.

We can share the content that we agree with, or debate with those on the other side.

It’s quick.

It’s simple.

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What if that career you’ve chosen doesn’t work out?

You’ve spent years trying to decide what to do with your life.

You’ve thought about it, prayed about it, made choices to move towards it.

You’ve finally made it and you should be happy, but somehow it’s all gone pear-shaped.

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