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The story of Sisyphus is from Greek mythology and it tells the story of a king who dared to trick the gods, especially Zeus.

Sisyphus was a very clever man, but after bringing upon himself the wrath of the gods, he was cursed to push a boulder up a hill to the top.  Alas, every time he got to the top, the boulder would roll back down to the bottom of the hill and he was forced to repeat the exercise for eternity.

Just imagine, every day pushing a boulder up a hill and then seeing it roll down the hill.  Up, down, up, down.  How futile and meaningless?

It sounds sad, but it what so many of us do as well, especially in our careers.

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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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In our modern society that is so consumer driven, we seem to want more, more, more.

More money, more gadgets, bigger houses and cars, more trappings of success.

But sometimes, less is more.

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The world of job seeking is a challenging one with many variances and options that can make the process frustrating and confusing for many people.

My wife and I assist many people with their careers and are unable to guarantee that our assistance will get them their dream job, just that it will increase their chances of success.

I’ve said before that looking for a job is like fishing, in that you can do everything right and come back empty-handed or do everything wrong and still land a job.

However, there is one guarantee that I can make.

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I read an unusual quote from current Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson in the lead-up to last weekend’s round of matches.

“What I am hoping for is a little bit of luck so the result goes our way whether we play well or play badly.”

That sounds a lot like what many people in society do today.

Hoping for a little bit of luck so that they don’t have to worry about giving their best and performing well to be successful.

There’s a significant problem with this way of thinking.

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There are two kinds of people in the world.

Those who read the manual and those who write it.

There are those who look to comply and do what they’re told and those who lead the way, driving change and innovation.

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If you’re a leader, there’s a reason why you’re a leader.

You are meant to lead, to make decisions, to cast vision, to take responsibility.

There’s a dilemma that I see many leaders caught up in.

We are told to listen, to be collaborative and to get others involved in the decision-making process.

Sounds good and I agree.  But there’s a limit.

Don’t let the tail wag the dog!

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Are you happy?

Who are you reliant on for happiness?

Are you able to experience genuine joy in yourself without being reliant on the approval or acknowledgement of others?

Do you outsource your happiness or do you still keep the job in-house?

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There are times in life when we are thrown a curve-ball.

When something happens that we don’t expect.

As I’ve observed people over the years, I’ve seen three categories of people and how they respond to surprises tells us a lot about them.

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One of the elements of blogging that I’ve really enjoyed over the past six months, has been to find what other blogs are out there and to learn from them.

Kent Shaffer from the Church Relevance website recently published the top 100 Christian blogs plus another 41 for good measure.

As a pastor and blogger, there are a few that I read regularly and I thought that I would share my favourites so that others can see some of the excellent sites that there are.

Some are written by people I know and some I’ve stumbled across in the past few weeks, but each of them has given me something to think about and helped me in my walk.  Not all of them are in the top 100, but they deserve to be.

Here are my favourite Christian blogs:

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