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There’s an old, well known story of a chicken farmer who found an eagle’s egg.

He put it with his chickens and soon the egg hatched.

The young eagle grew up with all the other chickens and whatever they did, the eagle did too.  He thought he was a chicken, just like them.

Since the chickens could only fly for a short distance, the eagle also learnt to fly a short distance.

He thought that was what he was supposed to do. So that was all that he thought he could do.  As a consequence, that was all he was able to do.

One day the eagle saw a bird flying high above him. He was very impressed. “Who is that?” he asked the hens around him.

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Goals are great, big goals are better.

Unfortunately, sometimes we stop short of dreaming too big.

We think that greatness is meant for others, but not us.

That doesn’t have to be the case.

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Thomas Hawk Self Portrait

I recently came across the really cool blog of photographer Thomas Hawk.

I’m not usually into blogs based on photography, although I am aware that they are very popular, but this one caught my attention as Thomas has an unusual, if perhaps impossible goal.

His aim is to publish a library of 1,000,000 finished, processed photographs before he dies.

If Thomas lives to be 80, that’s 1.4 photos every hour for every day of his life.  And that’s assuming that he started when he was a baby!

That’s an ambitious goal!

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Out of all of the Track and Field events in the Olympic Games, one that I am always intrigued by is the high jump.  

There can be great drama in watching amazing athletes attempt to jump over an increasingly high bar.  

Will they make it?  If they flick the bar on the way over will it fall off?  Will someone one day miss the mat completely, giving us one of the greatest sporting bloopers of all time?  

The current men’s world record for the high jump is an astonishing 2.45 meters and was set in 1993 by Javier Sotomayor from Cuba and the women’s record is an amazing 2.09 metres, set by Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria in 1987.  These are genuinely incredible results!  

I think that there are some important principles to learn from this great event.  So what can we learn from high jumpers?  

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