In his autobiography, Steve Martin writes,

“I did stand-up comedy for 18 years. Ten of those years were spent learning, four years were spent refining, and four years were spent in wild success. I was seeking comic originality, and fame fell on me as a byproduct. The course was more plodding than heroic.”

In this microwave, high-speed broadband, instant gratification era, we forget that greatness takes time.

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Much to the delight of my 9 year-old daughter, Australian Ninja Warriors launched on television this week.

And as a result of seeing these phenomenal athletes propelling themselves across incredibly difficult obstacle courses, gym memberships have gone through the roof across the country.

The series has been created to entertain us, but it’s a terrific unintended consequence that such a show and such athletes are inspiring others to emulate their achievements.

My question today is a simple (and obvious) one… Who are you unintentionally inspiring?

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To do what you want to do in life, there may not be a manual.

If no-one has been where you want to go, there won’t be a map you can follow.

So what do you do?

Do you wait for someone to tell you what to do or where to go?

Or do you just get started?

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This week, on one of my evening walks with the dogs, my youngest son, Logan, came along with me.

As we tackled the big issues for a 9 year-old (Minecraft, Star Wars, his favourite football player), I asked him if he had an idea for my blog.

He thought for a couple of moments and said, “What about how to be a good friend?”

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This week, I had the privilege of assisting a couple of remarkable young clients.  They had come to Australia from Somalia, via New Zealand, and were still finding their feet from a career perspective.

These two young ladies (they were cousins), were talented, friendly and bright, but had found it difficult to find roles in Australia that matched their skills and aspirations.

After going through the mandatory information that I needed to write their resumes, I had a chat with them each about the challenges they were facing and some strategies that I trusted would be of assistance.

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There is a wide open door in front of you.

You may not know what it leads to yet.

It may not be the ultimate door that you want (perhaps that one comes next).

You may feel safer and more comfortable on this side of the door.

You may be looking around for permission to enter.

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I have a confession to make.

I don’t feel motivated every single day.  Some days I feel below par, or just can’t be bothered.  It’s not ideal, but it’s also reality.

So what happens on the days when we don’t feel motivated?

Do we take the day off and call in sick?

Do we not go to the gym?

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I wonder what you should be doing with your life.

Should you be doing more?

Should you be setting the bar higher?

Should you be exploring these dreams that you have for your life?

And then once you understand your should, you move on to the question of whether you can do it.

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Young Sydney Swans defender Alex Johnson last played AFL football in the 2012 Grand Final.

He was a star on the rise with a very successful team and the future looked bright, before a horrible run of injuries struck him down.

Since then, he has gone through 5 knee reconstructions, 12 operations and a serious infection in his knee, which has made it 1736 days since he last played.

I can’t imagine what that must have been like.

Months of boring, repetitive rehabilitation, followed by a significant setback.

Followed by more rehabilitation and then another setback.

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A muscle only gets stronger after it has been strained and pushed beyond its limits.

The ground needs to be furrowed to give a seed the best chance of growing.

A woman goes into labour before giving birth to a child.

Gold goes into a furnace so that it can be purified.

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