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There was a time when LeBron James didn’t know how to play basketball.
There was a time when Warren Buffett knew nothing about investing.
There was a time when J.K. Rowling had never been published.
There was a time when Eric Clapton had never picked up a guitar.
There was a time when Bill Gates didn’t have a clue about computers.
I stumbled upon a great quote this week:
“Victory or defeat is not determined at the moment of crisis, but rather in the long and unspectacular period of preparation.” Anonymous
I had a client this week who was the principal dancer for an international ballet company. He described the years of hard work and practice behind closed doors that it took to hone his skills to an elite, world class standard.
I don’t know what you want to do with your life, but I suspect that there’s a long road ahead.
Give them confidence in their abilities.
Give them the self-belief required to take risks.
Lift them off the canvas when they fall.
Build them up.
There is no grand conspiracy against you.
There is no-one plotting your imminent downfall.
Your name isn’t on a list somewhere of people who are destined to stumble.
There is only you, and your capacity to take responsibility for the quality of your work.
That song that’s been buzzing around in your head all week.
That business idea that you’ve been mulling over for years.
That message that you’ve been meaning to share with your kids.
Those suggestions that you’ve always wanted to make at work.
We all want a better future, but it won’t happen by accident.
Things won’t get better just because the stars randomly align or we win the lottery.
We have a better future when we make positive decisions and take deliberate action today.
If we read today, we’ll be smarter tomorrow.
If we spend time with our families today, we’ll have better relationships tomorrow.
I would rather be an optimist who believes in a better future that never eventuates…
I would rather look for the good in people, even if they let me down…
I would rather try my best, even if it’s never appreciated or noticed…
I would rather dig for gold that’s never found…
Wherever we go, we leave a mark.
Whether or not by accident or by design every conversation and interaction leaves an impression.
It’s easy to make snarky comments, put others down and leave a trail of suspicion and fear.
Today I want to encourage you to leave footprints of joy.
To leave behind people who feel better about themselves.
To leave them smiling.
We live in a world of hostility and hatred.
Where politicians score points by calling each other names and spewing vitriolic insults.
Where people who look different to us are treated with suspicion, if not contempt.
Where differences of opinion are opportunities to belittle.
And where the gap between us grows.
Earlier in the week, Karen was getting ready to start the day and the kids were still in bed.
She wanted to prepare a drink using our blender, but didn’t want to wake them. Eventually, however, she was running late, so she let it rip.
I’m sure that they do make quiet blenders now, but ours isn’t one of them.
She got her drink and the kids got a wake up call.
In our house, if you want to mix things up, you’ve got to make some noise.