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If you fall down, you can get back up.

If you make a mistake, you can learn from it.

If you have a bad day, you can turn it around tomorrow.

If you offend someone, you can say sorry.

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Who is better off when you do what you do?

Your peers?

The people who work for you?

Your customers?

Your family?

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Today, I want to encourage you to set high expectations for your work.

Not so high that you put absurd amounts of pressure on yourself.

Not so high that you become fixated on perfection.

But high nonetheless.

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You may not be able to house every homeless person or get everyone out of poverty.

You may not be able to educate every child.

You may not be able to close every deal.

And world peace may be beyond your control.

But you can do something.

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Some images need a caption.

Perhaps it’s to make the picture more interesting.

Or maybe it’s to describe what is really happening.

But some pictures don’t need a caption.

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You can either stand out for doing phenomenal work, or do what everyone else does.

You can maximise your skills, or try to hide them.

You can continually develop yourself, or hope that the world stands still.

You can do what you were made to do, or you can conform to the expectations of others.

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According to legend, before every concert, Bruce Springsteen says to the band, “this could be somebody’s first concert, or it could be their last, so let’s give it everything we’ve got!”

It sounds like something Bruce would say.

It also sounds like something we should be doing.

Bringing passion to our work.

Delivering insanely brilliant service to our customers.

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I often use the phrase, “the best is yet to come,” but of course that doesn’t automatically happen.

If your career has stalled or your marriage is on the rocks, you can’t just hope for a better future, ignoring the real problems and assuming that everything will turn out OK.

You’ve got to work for it.

You’ve got to continue to grow and evolve.

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Do you smile more?

Do you want to continually improve?

Do you do it with pizzazz?

Does your heart rate go up?

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Plant now.

Read more books.

Learn all that you can.

Invest in relationships (especially with your spouse and kids).

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