Attitude

Curiosity

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Notice how kids are interested in everything? I was on a bus a while back and a little girl’s conversation to her dad was something like this, “Look Daddy there’s a car. Hey, there’s a dog. That car’s blue…there’s some people walking…look there’s another car…” And it went on like that for ages. She was…

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Back Yourself

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We too often doubt our ability. We look at the success of others and think, “I could never do that”. We think that others have talents that we do not possess and are incapable of developing. We judge ourselves harshly. Humility is a virtue but there’s nothing wrong with realising your potential. You are far…

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The Key To Success Is Actually Really Simple

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Confucius summed it up beautifully. Those who achieve greatly do so by throwing themselves completely into whatever they are doing. They have a singlemindedness of focus. They have an intensity of purpose. They are prepared to make sacrifices. They are prepared to shed blood, sweat and tears. The only way to be really successful, regardless…

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Why Fear Change?

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Everything changes, it’s a fact. You are changing as you read this. The atomic structure of your body is quite different today to what it was yesterday. You are, in some small way, older and perhaps even wiser than you were yesterday. The world today is different to what it was yesterday. The whole Universe…

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The Rich List Aren’t Any Smarter Than You

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They were just in the right place at the right time. But it wasn’t luck. It was because they worked hard to ensure they were in lots of different places at lots of different times. So sooner or later they were bound to be in THE right place at THE right time.

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You Have 12 Months Left To Live, What Do You Do?

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If you knew for certain that was all you had left, how would you spend it? You would probably appreciate the people around you more. You’d try to get some quality time in with friends, family. You’d play with your kids more. You’d go to the beach, try bungy jumping, eat raw squid. You’d be…

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Awesome!

How To Be Awesome

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Step 1. Start being awesome. Step 2. Continue. It’s not actually any more complicated than that if you really think about it. Image: ozczecho

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Here’s What You Are Really Capable Of…

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Pretty much anything. What is stopping you from achieving it is the part of you that disagreed with the previous sentence. That part of you is the problem. That part of you is where your battle lies. That part of you is what you need to override. Image: kelsey_lovefusionphoto

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Why Aren’t You Living Your Dreams?

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It’s a pretty safe question to ask because few people are. We all like to dream – on the bus, waiting in line at the supermarket – but most dreams stay just that, dreams. Life isn’t very long. Each year seems to go by more quickly than the last. Time is speeding up. You have…

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Before You Make A New Year’s Resolution…

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…remember the resolution you made last year. Did you keep it? Do you even remember what it was? Men should pledge themselves to nothing; for reflection makes a liar of their resolution. – Sophocles Was Sophocles being harsh above? Or realistic? Resolutions are great, if you make a real effort to keep them. But otherwise…

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It’s Never Too Late

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It’s never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot I happened to be visiting a high school for my work when I saw Tommy the Clown in action live. I’d first heard of him when I watched Rize but never expected to see him in person. But there he was.…

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Life Is Amazing

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Imagine if birds never existed. Imagine if everything else on earth was exactly as it is except for one thing – no birds. Then imagine if one day, all of a sudden, you saw a bird. That would be pretty amazing wouldn’t it? I mean it would have to be the most amazing thing you…

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Are You Honest With Yourself? Really?

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Sometimes if we want to move forwards we have to take stock of where we are. We have to look at what’s working and what’s not. We have to be honest with ourselves. Brutally honest. This isn’t as straight forward as it sounds. Being brutally honest with yourself can be difficult because we regularly lie…

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Do You Really Want It? Probably not.

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If you really wanted it, you’d have it. Sure you can make excuses about how it’s because of ‘this’ or ‘that’. Probably all perfectly good reasons. But maybe you just don’t want it badly enough. What about if your life depended on it – is there anything else you would do to get it then?…

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Do You Choose Easy or Difficult?

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Most of the time, in most cases, most people choose easy. It’s easy to blame things on circumstances that are outside of our control. It’s easy to say “it’s not my fault”. It’s easy to play the victim. Even when it’s not really true. It’s difficult to step up to the mark. It’s difficult to…

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D’oh! I wish I hadn’t said that!

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I really wish I hadn’t. I saw something that irked me and dived for the phone to make my frustrations known. Just as I was about to call someone walked into my office to speak with me. I could have stopped and spoken with them. But instead I dialled on and got through to the…

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Success is…

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Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill Winston Churchill can say this with some authority. After all he was a washed up ex-British Prime Minister after the Second World War. Although he led Britain, and in some ways the world, through an extremely turbulent time,…

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Why You Should Never Compromise On What’s Important

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Sure, you can compromise on what you have for dinner tonight, what you watch on TV and who does the dishes. But never compromise on what’s important. And what’s important? Your values. If you compromise on your values then you’re missing the point of being alive. Never give in – never, never, never, never, in…

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Can You Handle The Truth?

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Jack Nicholson was right – some people just can’t handle the truth. In fact most of us have some truth or other that we can’t handle – or choose not to handle – whether it’s about a relationship, your job, your weaknesses, your strengths, your finances, your character, your values, your spirituality… But the truth…

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When To Give Up And When To Carry On

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How do you know which is which? You don’t. The only real way to answer this question is in hindsight. And when you’re making your decision you don’t have that unfortunately. The question you should be asking yourself is how badly do you want it? If you really want it then you’ll work much harder…

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