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Blogging icon Darren Rowse recently shared this terrific story on Problogger.

In 1851, and the Cavanagh brothers stood by a bend in a creek near Ballarat in Australia that had wishfully been named “Golden Point” by gold prospectors in days gone by.

The two brothers had been digging, along with around 600 others, in their “claim” at Golden Point for days. Some gold had definitely been found on this particular bend in the creek.  In fact, numerous miners had made good, although not spectacular, money from their finds in previous weeks.

Most of this gold had been found in the sandy ground to a depth of around 1 metre (3.2 feet), but at that point, everyone who dug hit a hard layer of clay and received no reward for their effort.

The result was that the area was littered with abandoned claims; holes in the ground were everywhere, all dug to a depth of around 1 metre.

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Young cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton recently lost his battle at the age of just 19.

Whilst this an unimaginable tragedy for his family and friends, Stephen has left behind a remarkable legacy for one so young.

Despite his illness and having every excuse in the world for just giving up, he refused to become a victim, instead he set a goal of raising 10,000 pounds for cancer research.

Astonishingly, Stephen was able to utilise his positive attitude, infectious personality and social media prowess to raise well over 3 million pounds for charity.

In his own words, Stephen said, “I am so lucky and so fortunate to be here. My cancer has taught me a lot about life. All the clichés – not taking life for granted, blah, blah, blah. But being so close to death just reinforced all those feelings about making the most of what we’ve got.”

It’s so easy to make excuses for not maximising our brief time here on earth.

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It doesn’t matter what your goals are, if you make even a small amount of progress each day, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.

If you write a few hundred words a day, you’ll have a book within a few months.

If you save a few dollars a week or pay more into your mortgage, you’ll be more comfortable financially in the long-term.

If you make a few calls a day, you’ll gradually increase your network or client base.

If you read a chapter a day, you’ll build your knowledge base remarkably quickly.

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The legendary Tommy Hafey, still rocking a t-shirt in his late 70's

The legendary Tommy Hafey, still rocking a t-shirt in his late 70’s

The Richmond Football Club and AFL community lost a legend this week with the sad passing of the seemingly indestructible Tommy Hafey.

“T-shirt” Tommy as he was affectionately known was a remarkably successful coach who was renowned for not only creating better sporting teams, but for positively influencing people on and off the field.

As a coach, he took an interest in every player on his list, from the superstars to the fresh-faced rookies and found a way to inspire them to reach their full potential as athletes and citizens.

He was an amazing leader and one of his greatest legacies is that 18 of his ex-players went on to become senior coaches in their own right.

His personal creed was Desire plus Dedication plus Discipline plus Determination equals your Destination” and he lived this out for his entire life.

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Last week, our kids had their school cross-country run.

For the twins, it was a unique experience as they had never run one before, so we didn’t really know what to expect.

In Madison’s race, she quickly jumped to the lead and was soon about 10 metres ahead of every other girl in her grade.

As she ran, there were three older boys who led the way so that the girls didn’t take a wrong turn.  They ran alongside Madison and as they moved past my vantage point, I could hear them talking to her.

“Keep going.”

“You’re doing really well.”

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I found this great story on Paulo Coelho’s blog.

A young couple moved into a new neighbourhood.

The next morning while they were eating breakfast, the young woman saw her neighbor hanging the washing outside.

“That laundry is not very clean; she doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”

Her husband looked on, remaining silent.

Every time her neighbour hung her washing out to dry, the young woman made the same comments.

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Prolific writer and blogger Joanna Penn has a sign on her wall that simply asks:

“Have you made art today?”

It’s a reminder to make progress towards her writing goals every single day.

You may not be a writer or even consider yourself to be an artist, but I want to ask you the same question.

“Have you made art today?”

Have you created something of lasting value?

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Someone you meet this week will need a word of encouragement.

Will you give it to them?

Someone you meet this week could benefit from your expertise.

Will you give it to them?

Someone you meet this week just needs someone to listen to their story.

Will you be the one?

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In the lead-up to game 7 of the NBA Playoff series between the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs, future Hall of Famer and Mavericks’ forward Dirk Nowitzki said,

“It’s the ultimate thrill.  It’s win or go home… You’ve got to love it.  You’ve got to embrace it.”

I love Nowitzki’s mindset.

Here is a star athlete, going into a sudden death game, under massive scrutiny, against a fantastic opponent and his advice is to love it.

It’s easy to be intimidated and fearful of high pressure situations.

Public speaking, job interviews, sales pitches and other stressful activities are often avoided by people who can’t handle the pressure.

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We can count the days, or we can make every day count.

We can go to work, or we can passionately use our skills to make a positive difference in the world.

We can retweet, like or share someone else’s thoughts, or we can create fantastic content.

We can present information, or we can tell stories that engage, inspire and challenge our audiences.

We can spend time with our kids, or we can find ways to teach them important life lessons and show them how much we love and value them.

We can relax in front of the TV, or sit down with a great book that will help us in our development.

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