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Mick Malthouse speaks to the media after being announced as the new head coach of the Blues during a Carlton Blues press conference. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Mick Malthouse, a legend of AFL coaching here in Australia was recently appointed coach of the Carlton Football Club.

After coaching for almost three decades and with a remarkable track record of success, some were unsure as to whether or not he would get back into football after a year out of the game.

When he recently discussed his decision to return, he referred to a message that he has framed on his desk.  It was written by his late brother-in-law who had just been told that he only had three weeks to live.

It simply says:

“Don’t you ever, ever let yourself get to a stage in your life where you think, I wish I had of, or worse still, why didn’t I?”

It’s a great message isn’t it?

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There is pain that comes with living your purpose.

There’s the pain of hard work and discipline.

There’s the pain of constantly honing your skills.

There’s the pain of receiving criticism from those who don’t understand.

There’s the pain of getting emotionally involved in your work only to be disappointed when things don’t go right.

There’s the pain of watching others seemingly float through life.

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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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West view of Westminster Abbey, London.

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When I went to the United Kingdom about six years ago, I found myself captivated by some of the magnificent cathedrals that we saw.

Canterbury, Westminster, York.  They are phenomenal buildings, especially considering the eras in which they were built.

One of the things that amazed me about these great cathedrals was that the architects and designers who came up with the plans and vision, very rarely saw the final product due to the length of time that it took to build their creations.

Importantly, they knew that this would be the case, but instead of simplifying their designs so that they could see their project in its final state, they designed the most extravagant tributes to God that they could imagine, knowing that their masterpieces would live on well beyond their own time on earth.

What a wonderful legacy to leave. 

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A white-tailed deer

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The answer to this question seems obvious, but it would surprise you.

In the year 2000, bears killed 6 people in the USA, whilst deer were responsible for 83 deaths in the same year.

Of course, bears kill people by attacking them with their razor sharp teeth and claws, but deer just happen to walk inadvertently in front of cars causing serious accidents.

Sometimes, the things that we fear cause less carnage than less obvious dangers.

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I love watching wildlife documentaries.  

Thankfully, so does my five year old son Hayden, so we’ll often be seen on the couch together watching another David Attenborough classic.  

One of my favourites is about cheetahs.  As the fastest land mammal and capable of extraordinary athleticism, to watch them in full pursuit is amazing viewing.  

I was discussing them with Hayden a few days ago and realised that there are a couple of great principles that we can learn from them.  

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My thanks to Paulo Coelho for this wonderful story with some excellent points. 

A boy was watching his grandmother write a letter.

At one point he asked,  “Are you writing a story about what we’ve done?  Is it a story about me?”

His grandmother stopped writing her letter and said to her grandson: “I am writing about you, actually, but more important than the words is the pencil I’m using. I hope you will be like this pencil when you grow up.”

Intrigued, the boy looked at the pencil. It didn’t seem very special. “But it’s just like any other pencil I’ve ever seen!”

“That depends on how you look at things. It has five qualities which, if you manage to hang on to, will make you a person who is always at peace with the world.”

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Life is often described as being like a journey.  

Mark Frost once said,  

“Life is not a journey to the grave with intentions of arriving safely in a pretty well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming … WOW! What a ride!” 

That sounds like the sort of life that I want to live.  

I have four simple travel tips to assist us in not just surviving, but really living.  

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This is a question that I’ve asked myself and others over the years and continue to explore. 

I feel fortunate that I am about to personally embark on another stage of my journey that will allow me to pursue the purpose for which I believe I’ve been designed.  

Over the journey, I have come across four obstacles that many people come across that hold them back from taking that big risk and following their dreams. 

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