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Every person that I’ve met is generally at one of the following steps:

“I have no idea what I’m good at.”

“I think I know what I’m good at, but I don’t know how to use my skills.”

“I know how my skills can be valuable, but I don’t have any real direction or purpose.”

“I have goals, but I don’t know where to start.”

“I’ve started, but I don’t seem to be making much progress.”

“I am honing my skills, but I now realise how much more there is to learn to become elite.”

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I’m not a wine connoisseur, but I’ve heard of Penfold’s Grange.

People in wine circles talk about it in reverent tones and to have a bottle of Grange in your collection is a badge of honour.  It’s so prized that in 2004 a bottle of the original vintage (1951) sold for just over $50,000.  That’s insane!

It’s rare, it’s world renowned, it ages well and it’s expensive.

We can be that too!

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Many people have bold aspirations and dreams, but they end up settling for good instead of great. 

Unfortunately, good gives us a false sense of security.  We feel OK because whilst we may not have reached our potential, at least we’re not bad. 

We can do good work on auto-pilot, but great work takes initiative, creativity, passion and courage.  That sounds like a lot of effort when there’s no burning need to change. 

That’s why good is the enemy of great.  It’s because it lulls us, deadens us and seduces us into thinking that we don’t really need to try.  You’re not that bad, so why bother?

Too many times, we think that so long as we aren’t the worst, so long as we’re competent, if the person in the next cubicle isn’t performing as well as we are, then that’s good enough.

It’s not anymore.

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If you are aiming to rise above mediocrity, then you should be looking to be remarkable.

To be remarkable is literally to have people make remarks about you.

Of course, some people do things that are remarked about that they shouldn’t, but there are plenty of noble things that you could be remarkable for.

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