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My oldest son Hayden smiling after our beloved Tigers had a win at the MCG

There are two security guards at the local shopping centre.

The first one smiles and greets customers with warmth and enthusiasm, while the other one sneers at everyone who dares enter his centre.

There are two ladies serving customers in the supermarket check-out.

The first one smiles and makes small talk, while the second one grunts as she counts down the seconds to the end of her shift.

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David Attenborough and the ARKive

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Sir David Attenborough is a living treasure and his contribution to wildlife conservation through his famous documentaries is legendary.

I have received many hours of great joy from watching his work and my oldest son now joins me on the couch as we watch some of the marvels of the animal world.

The scope of Attenborough’s work now spans many decades, so what can we learn from this inspirational person?

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A photo of a cup of coffee.

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It’s the standard comment that most of us make on a Monday morning.

So many of us need that morning caffeine fix to get us up and running for the day.

But what if there was another way to get us going?

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NASCAR Pit Crew Challenge (2008)

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I’ve written a few times about the importance of having a network of support around you when you’re trying to navigate through life.  As social beings, to be completely self-reliant is not how we were designed and we are diminished if we don’t have others contributing to and sharing in our success.

However, I haven’t really defined the kinds of people who should be in your support crew, so that’s what I thought I should do today.

I’ve identified at least four different functions that you should think about having in your life to assist you in your journey.

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Vince Lombardi (1913-1970) was the legendary American Football coach who led the Green Bay Packers to victory at the first two Super Bowls.

The impact that he had on his sport left such a legacy that in 1971, the NFL named their Super Bowl trophy after him.

I stumbled across a few of his quotes a few years ago when researching for a presentation and since then have consistently returned to them for inspiration.

Here are my four favourite Vince Lombardi quotes:

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We all know that life isn’t always a bed of roses.    

Whilst we want to be positive and optimistic, there are times when life doesn’t go according to plan and we get disappointed by something (or someone).   

The challenge is to ensure that the impacts of our disappointments are minimal and to bounce back as quickly as possible whilst still acknowledging the let-down and not living in denial.   

Robert Kiyosaki says, “The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.”   

So, how can we handle disappointments?   

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Do you want the bad news or the good news?

The bad news is that over the course of your career you will work for approximately 100,000 hours.

The good news is that over the course of your career you will work for approximately 100,000 hours.

What’s the difference?

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Dogs are described as man’s best friends and they can be great fun to have around. 

My wife and I had two great Golden Retrievers who were brilliant companions in our house until age finally took its toll about 18 months ago.

What can we learn from our canine friends?

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Sometimes life is hard… be passionate anyway

Sometimes people will criticise your enthusiasm… be passionate anyway

Sometimes your energy levels are low… be passionate anyway

Sometimes you lose sight of your goal… be passionate anyway

Sometimes you’ll have lots of excuses… be passionate anyway

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One of the important foundations of success that I use regularly is what I call the ABC of Success.  Whilst life can’t always be simply boxed into a formula, I have found that keeping these principles in mind can be of great assistance in most facets of life.

So firstly, A is for Attitude.

One of the elements that successful people have in their lives is the capacity to maintain resourceful thought processes.  One of the exciting things about this is that your attitude is one thing that is 100% in your control. 

There are three particular facets of a healthy attitude that I would like to highlight today:

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