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Can you have too many good people in your life?

You know what I mean, people who bring out the best in you.

People who make you laugh.

People who keep you focused and motivated.

People who generously provide mentoring and advice.

People who are there for you during the low moments.

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Some people are passionate about nice, but ultimately innocuous things.

Their hearts pound when talking about their teaspoon collection, or ferret breeding, or pumpkin sculpting.

All perfectly harmless activities, that don’t really make much of a positive impact.

Then there are those who believe that they have a very real purpose.

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If there’s something that you really want in life, then get ready to receive it.

If you’ve been praying for it, open up your hands to grab it.

Don’t be afraid.

Don’t think that you don’t deserve it.

Don’t be discouraged by your apparent lack of progress.

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The great German poet, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, once wrote:

“Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute:
What you can do, or dream you can, begin it;
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
Only engage and then the mind grows heated;
Begin and then the work will be completed.”

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Not every plan works.

Loved ones get sick.

Jobs get lost.

Businesses go under.

Relationships flounder.

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We’re not born with the ability to lead and influence.

Or the capacity to build strong relationships with a diverse range of people.

Or the resilience required to bounce back from disappointments.

Or enthusiasm and passion.

Or great problem solving skills.

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In the short term…

… yelling at people gets them to work harder,

… spending too much money on stuff you don’t need feels good,

… sitting around all day is comfortable,

… online rants at total strangers or celebrities make us feel important,

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You’re not here due to a random set of strange coincidences.

You were created with a purpose in mind.

I don’t know what that purpose is for you, but I know that it is noble.

I know that it will be challenging.

I know that it will make things better.

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Don’t take your family for granted.

Or your job.

Or your health.

Or your house.

Or your faith.

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Before a big race or exam, Japanese people will often use the phrase, “gambare” to encourage the other person.

It means go for it.

Do your best.

Hang in there.

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