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You don’t have to dumb yourself down.

You don’t have to follow the crowd.

You don’t have to pretend that you don’t have the answer.

You don’t have to hide your skills.

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Yes, we’ve been going for a while and have come a long way.

Yes, we’ve overcome a few obstacles and have some war stories to tell.

Yes, we’ve done some cool things and achieved a few of our goals.

Yes, we’ve learned some important lessons and taught them to others.

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Today, I want to encourage you to have the right amount of dissatisfaction.

Nothing too dramatic so that you are constantly depressed or surly with the world.

Not dissatisfaction with everyone else, whilst you sit back smugly and think that you’ve got it all together.

And not so comfortable with everything that you don’t want to change or make things better.

Just the right amount of dissatisfaction so that you are compelled to keep learning and striving.

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I want to speak to your supervisor.

You know who I mean:

The person who sets your targets and goals.

The person who is responsible for motivating you.

The person who resolves your conflicts.

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One morning, I woke up and heard the most beautiful music.

It had a lovely, happy melody and got me moving joyfully from the moment my feet touched the floor.

It was a great day and I tackled every challenge with a skip in my step and great enthusiasm.

Unfortunately, the next day, the music was gone.

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I don’t know what your goals are.

I don’t know what motivates you to do your best work.

I don’t know what your skills are or where they’re best suited.

I don’t know what you’re passionate about.

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You can learn from mistakes.

You can do better next time.

You can try and fail and try and fail and try and fail, improving slightly as you go.

You can recover from the embarrassment.

You can shrug your shoulders and realise that it wasn’t the end of the world.

You can grow stronger and more resilient.

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I walked past our local florist over the weekend and noticed the lady who ran the store working feverishly getting everything organised for the day.

As a middle-aged male, I’ve never really understood florists.  They seem to just sell over-priced plants that die in a few days.

And don’t get me started on getting up at 3am to buy fresh stock from the local flower markets.

Really, what’s the point?

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Some people see reminders of the wrong things all the time.

They find reminders that they are unlucky.

Or that they are somehow destined to lose.

Or that they are victims of circumstances.

Or that it’s not worth it to even try.

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You are valued.

You are highly regarded and respected for who you are.

There are those who miss you when you’re not there.

God loves you with an unquenchable love.

And you are valuable.

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