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When you walk into the office, expect a good, productive day.

When you coach your staff, expect that improvements will come.

When you exercise, expect positive outcomes.

When you negotiate, expect that a great resolution will be reached.

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It’s easy to focus on our points of difference.

To start arguments.

To belittle those who disagree.

To shake our fists and hurl insults.

To treat others as our enemies and be suspicious of their motives.

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Cars are made on production lines.

So is chocolate.

Steel products, electronics and pharmaceuticals are all produced to exact quality standards and precise specifications.

And then there’s you.

There’s only one you.

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It may be almost impossible, but it can still be done.

It may be very difficult, but that doesn’t need to hold you back.

It may be something that no-one else you know has done before, but you can be the first.

So, don’t be daunted by the challenge, get excited.

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It will cost you to live your best life.

To make decisions with the long-term in mind.

To continually learn.

To remain disciplined and focused.

To do the right thing, even when you don’t feel like it.

To work hard every day.

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According to poet W. H. Auden,

You need not see what someone is doing 

to know if it is his vocation,

you have only to watch his eye;

a cook mixing a sauce, a surgeon

making a primary incision,

a clerk completing a bill of lading,

wear the same rapt expression, forgetting

themselves in a function.

How beautiful it is,

that eye-on-the-object look.

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Don’t just go through the motions.

Don’t just put your days on repeat.

Don’t settle for second best.

Keep challenging yourself.

You can keep learning.

You can keep pushing.

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When you yell into a canyon, the words echo.

When you write online, there’s a very similar effect.

What you say lingers.

They can have a greater impact than originally intended.

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Your opportunities aren’t behind you.

Your chances to change the world aren’t in the past.

Your best work needn’t have happened in days gone by.

They’re in the future.

They’re in the work you do today and tomorrow.

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According to writer, Jon Gordon,

“Anything worthwhile takes time to build. 

We all want success now, but that’s not how success works.”

A great forest takes decades to grow.

A great cathedral takes decades to construct.

A great career takes years to build.

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