Attitude

The Number 1 Thing That Is Holding You Back

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Laziness. Yep, it’s true. It’s as simple as that. You know it deep down even if you don’t like to admit it. If you lined up the 1000 most successful people in the world and asked them what the key to their success was, most of them would say it was hard work (aka the…

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Are You Losing Perspective?

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Image: kwerfeldein Ever woken up one day and realised that you weren’t doing what you wanted to be doing? That somehow you’d ended up doing something that you had no intention of doing and you’re not really sure how it happened? Life can be like that. Distractions can be subtle and insidious. We can start…

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This Too Shall Pass

This Too Shall Pass

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How true this statement is: this too shall pass! Where did this quote come from? There are two popular stories for the origin of this statement. One is from the Jewish tradition and one is from the ancient East.  Here’s a quote from Abraham Lincoln who spoke of the Eastern version in 1859: It is…

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What Would The ‘8 Year Old You’ Think Of The ‘Now You’?

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Would they like what they see? Would they be pleased with what you’ve become? Would they approve of the decisions you’ve made along the way? Is there anything you’d be embarrassed about? Would you have some explaining to do? Would they respect you now? Would they admire you? The 8 year old you was probably…

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Shoot To Kill

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This probably seems like an odd title for a post on this blog but it is the title of a book I read recently by Michael Asher. Friends and family were surprised at my choice of reading material yet it seemed very natural to me. It is an autobiographical account of someone who went through…

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Richard Branson Is A Failure

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Richard Branson has lost far more money that most people earn in their entire lives, and yet he is one of the richest people on earth. I recently read his autobiography ‘Losing My Virginity’ and in it he is not shy about talking about his failures, in fact you get the impression he enjoys it.…

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What Would You Die For?

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Is there anything or anyone you feel is worthy of that sort of sacrifice? Do you have a passion that you’d go that far for? Recently rising young Rugby League star Sonny Fai was swimming at a New Zealand beach with family and friends. He was a fit, healthy, strong young man and an able…

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This Post Will NOT Change Your Life

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The only thing that can change it is you. You have to make change happen yourself. You are the Director of your life. You are the Producer. You are the Lead Actor. You are the Choreographer and Makeup Artist. You write the soundtrack. Your name is next to every title on the credits at the…

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What I Learnt About Fear From Throwing People Off A Building

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I didn’t really throw them, they jumped. It’s 192 metres (630ft) to the ground from the jumping platform on Auckland’s Skytower where Skyjump operates. They were attached to a wire which allowed them to travel to the ground in a matter of seconds. During my time working there I was based at the top making…

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First Jobs of 51 Successful People

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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu Everybody started somewhere! In fact, almost everyone who has achieved fame and fortune often had very small beginnings (and many of them are actually famous failures!) Check out the first jobs of these famous names: 1. Sir Alex Ferguson – He…

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20 Famous Failures

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The famous failures below are now well known and their names are synonymous with success, but it wasn’t always this way. At one point the idea of these people reaching the heights they have reached would have seemed absurd – toally impossible – and yet they did it. Many of them didn’t just fail, they…

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A Tetraplegic Farmer?

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“I’ve learnt a lot of things about life that I wouldn’t have learnt if I hadn’t broken my neck.” – Grant Calder. You’d think being a tetraplegic would stop you from being a farmer on a large sheep station in the rugged South Island of New Zealand wouldn’t you? Well not for this guy. Despite…

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Opportunities Are Where You Find Them

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Image: MikeLove Making the most of opportunities has been the key to the success of many people. There are countless quotes from successful people that come to mind when writing about them. But what is an opportunity? How will you know when you are presented with one? Dictionary.com says an opportunity is an “appropriate or…

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