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Every day, when I’m driving the kids home from school, we pass a small pond that has a bird incubating its eggs on a tiny island in the middle of the water.
Eventually, after a few weeks, the little chicks will start breaking through their shells.
We’re not that different, as humans, we have a tendency to incubate thing that eventually emerge.
If you spend too much time thinking about all the times you’ve been hurt or abused, a bitter twisted person emerges.
Some people have very low expectations of life.
They’re happy if they have a job. Any job.
They consider it a good day if they get through unscathed without any major dramas.
They’re OK with being just like everyone else around them.
Small cogs in a large machine.
Being swept along by the tide.
They keep their head down and their nose clean, hoping not to be noticed.
Are you sure that you’re living the life that you’re meant to be living?
What if you got it wrong?
Are you sure that you’re on the right path?
There are so many to choose from?
Are you sure that the action you’re about to take is correct, morally sound and will get you closer to your goals?
How can you be certain?
I can’t surf.
I can’t play the clarinet.
I can’t operate a bulldozer.
I can’t speak Cantonese.
I can’t skipper a yacht.
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.