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Do-you-take-dictation-orThe remaining pages of your life, career and circumstances are yet to be written, and chances are that if you don’t take charge and write the script yourself, others will do it for you.

Their intentions for your life may be noble, but the outcome won’t be as satisfying unless you take responsibility for your future.

No one else can read your dreams.

No one else can maximise your talent.

No one else can tick off your bucket list.

And your life goals and aspirations can’t be achieved while you’re spending all of your energy on someone else’s.

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If-you-keep-looking-youI can be accused of being a bit absent-minded sometimes.  I get lost in my own little world and forget what I was doing, which means that I am often looking for things around the house or office, not sure where I left them last.

My keys, my wallet, my phone, whatever it is, I have to keep looking for them until I find them or I won’t even be able to leave the house.

However, there are other, less tangible things that I think all of us should be looking for on a daily basis and if we are able to stay focused in our search, I believe that they can make a massive difference to our quality of life and level of success.

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Your-luggage-doesntYour luggage doesn’t decide your destination.

Yesterday’s failures don’t have to hold you back from tomorrow’s successes.

Your past doesn’t need to define your future.

We’ve all had our share of disappointments and set-backs, some more than others, but those who are able to achieve great deeds do so in spite of the challenges that they have had to overcome.

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You-dont-have-to-beMaster painters start as average artists.

Skillful tradespeople start as apprentices.

Experts start with very little knowledge in their eventual field of expertise.

Great entrepreneurs start with a simple idea and a lot of passion.

World class writers start with a waste paper basket full of bad writing.

Inspiring leaders start as prolific learners.

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It-doesnt-matter-howAs I look back on my life, I can see a long, sad list of occasions when I tried (and failed miserably) to get by solely reliant on talent.

From as early as grade 4, each of my teachers could have cut and pasted the phrase “must try harder” into my report card.  And throughout my career, I’m sure that I’ve frustrated a few bosses through my laconic approach to hard work and my inability to organise myself.

For many years, I assumed that all I needed was a lucky break or the right opportunity for my talent to shine, without the need to put my head down.

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Leadership-isnt-barkingOs Hillman tells the story of a rider on horseback, who many years ago, came across a squad of soldiers who were trying to move a heavy piece of timber.

A corporal stood by, giving lordly orders to “Heave.”

But the piece of timber was too heavy for the squad.

“Why don’t you help them?” asked the quiet man on the horse, addressing the important corporal.

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Unless-youre-short-andThe kids have been on holidays from school over the past couple of weeks, so I made sure that I had a client-free day so that I could take them out to the movies to see “the Minions.”

The kids had a ball, I loved it too and it was a lovely day.

On reflection, it seems to me that we need minions in our society.

There are a range of thankless, anonymous, unskilled and unglamourous jobs that are necessary, but pay a pittance.

Jobs that require someone to take orders to the letter, do what they’re told and not use their imagination.

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Faith-is-taking-theI often know what the next step that I should take is.

It’s the second step that’s a mystery.

And that can be a problem, because I really, really, really want to know what happens next.

I really, really, really want to see every step in front of me, all the way to the end.

And so I hesitate.

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I-cant-I-dont-know-how-IWhen it comes to living our dreams, I hear a lot people say, “I can’t.”

They come up with a range of seemingly reasonable excuses.

If that’s you, I want to encourage a transition in your thinking.

What if instead of saying, “I can’t” you said “I don’t know how.”

And then when you find out how, you start saying, “I think I can.”

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To-get-to-where-you-wantTo get to where you want to go, you’re going to have to fight for your dreams.

You have to battle the temptation to settle for second best from yourself.

You have to drag yourself back up from the canvas when life knocks you down.

You have to wrestle with your doubts.

You have to want it more than the other guy.

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