You have to do the hard things…

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I recently came across this:

You have to do the hard things:
* You have to make the call you’re afraid to make.
* You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.
* You have to give more than you get in return right away.
* You have to care more about others than they care about you.
* You have to fight when you are already injured, bloody, and sore.
* You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing it safe seems smarter.
* You have to lead when no one else is following you yet.
* You have to invest in yourself even though no one else is.
* You have to look like a fool while you’re looking for answers you don’t have.
* You have to grind out the details when it’s easier to shrug them off.
* You have to deliver results when making excuses is an option.
* You have to search for your own explanations even when you’re told to accept the “facts.”
* You have to make mistakes and look like an idiot.
* You have to try and fail and try again.
* You have to run faster even though you’re out of breath.
* You have to be kind to people who have been cruel to you.
* You have to meet deadlines that are unreasonable and deliver results that are unparalleled.
* You have to be accountable for your actions even when things go wrong.
* You have to keep moving towards where you want to be no matter what’s in front of you.

You have to do the hard things. The things that no one else is doing. The things that scare you. The things that make you wonder how much longer you can hold on.

Those are the things that define you. Those are the things that make the difference between living a life of mediocrity or outrageous success.

The hard things are the easiest things to avoid. To excuse away. To pretend like they don’t apply to you.

The simple truth about how ordinary people accomplish outrageous feats of success is that they do the hard things that smarter, wealthier, more qualified people don’t have the courage — or desperation — to do.

Do the hard things. You might be surprised at how amazing you really are.

So I’m not going to comment on this, other than to say I hope it’s made some sense to you, or helps you think about the things you’re doing in a different way. As for me, I have my own hard things to do and the day is still young… ;-)

South African Leaders Day

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Check it out:
_ Welcome to Leaders Day!

Negativity has overwhelmed our country.
There is so much negativity in South Africa at present even the brightest souls are reacting negatively. Although Leaders Day is for all leaders (government, political, educational, business, science, religious etc. – or anyone who leads other people), the government leaders of our country are going through a difficult time. This is a concern for many people. We can riot, march, strike, send letters, threaten – but none of this is going to help. Its reactive, its negative and more importantly it’s judgmental. There is sometimes place for masses of people to riot and make a noise about something they are unhappy about. Nothing wrong with this but it is probably not going to solve the problem in the long term, nor work in harmony with the big picture.

Lets show positive intention and lets show it BIG.
Negativity generates more negativity like a cancer. Only we can stop this sickness before it wipes us out. Our positive stand on Leaders Day will encourage our leaders to move forward in a positive and decisive manner. Each person taking part will also be inspired – giving or showing good intention lights up ones soul. Imagine a soccer team going onto the field being negative – they’ll lose. Have you ever seen an orchestra playing music negatively? There are many things we can do positively and we should all do more of these things. Leaders Day is one of them.