A Pebble in My Shoe – A Story About Dealing with Problems

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You-may-think-that-youTom and his mentor Dwyer were on their customary weekly walk through the forest when Dwyer sat down on a large rock to take off his shoe.

“What are you doing?” asked Tom.

“I have a pebble in my shoe,” explained Dwyer.

“What are you stopping for? I have a pebble in my shoe as well, but we don’t have time to stop, so stop slowing us down.”

“I can assure you Tom, me stopping isn’t holding us back at all, but will end up saving us time and probably pain further down the track.”

“Pfft,” said the young man as he turned and walked on by himself, leaving the old man behind to remove the annoying pebble.

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The Problem With Following the Crowd

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A-man-who-wants-to-leadThere’s a problem with following the crowd.

The crowd is scared, which is why it finds safety in numbers.

The crowd is ignorant, which is why it refuses to think for itself.

The crowd is compliant, pulling anyone into line who gets too ambitious.

The crowd is average, excellence is for individuals not sheep.

The crowd is unremarkable, with everyone merging together in one big ugly mass.

So don’t follow the crowd, they won’t take you where you need to go to make a difference in the world.

Be courageous and take the risks required to make the most out of life.

Keep learning, growing and developing new skills for the rest of your days.

Be innovative, creative and entrepreneurial.

Set high expectations for you own work and keep yourself accountable for delivering phenomenal outcomes.

And be remarkable, remembering that you have a unique set of skills, perspectives and ideas…

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He Is- Awesome

Job 37:22–23

When Elihu described God as one who comes in golden splendor, he drew Job’s
attention away from his dismal circumstances and toward the awesome majesty of
God. Sometimes we need a change in perspective—to take our eyes off ourselves
and put them on our awesome God and his creation.

If you’re going through a dark time or you’ve lost your joy in living, look
for God’s golden splendor. You can see evidence in the sun, the sky, the
intricacy of creation. God’s glory is even more awesome than what you are able
to see! Experiencing God’s creation can change your perspective on the awesome
Creator (see Romans 1:20).


We Climb Up and We Slide Down

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We-climb-up-and-we-slideWhatever we do in life, to go up requires effort, but to go back down takes no effort at all.

You need strength to climb a mountain or ladder, but to go back down again, you just need to let go and fall back to earth.

It takes discipline and focus to continually learn and develop new skills, but you don’t have to do anything to remain ignorant.

It takes grunt, sweat and persistence to build a successful career or business, but to waste your working years requires nothing but ambivalence.

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How Times Have Changed

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You-have-the-opportunityThere was a time when the average person did what their father and father’s father did for a career.

They would work in the same job for 40 hours a week for 40 years, no matter how mind-numbingly boring and meaningless it was.

They would go back every day even though they hated it.

And despite being a mismatch for their role, they keep doing a half-baked job for years.

There was a time when too many people did work they hated, work that didn’t matter and work that they weren’t suited for, because they felt they had no choice.

Times have changed!

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