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Hard Losses

If you are striving for any thing in life, sometimes you will have to take hard losses.

Hard losses are a part of the driven and purposeful life. Whenever you are pushing past your comfort zone, venturing into uncharted territory or simply trying to accomplish something you have never accomplished before, you will inevitable come across hard losses.

The loss may hurt because the goal was very meaningful, desirable, or very nearly attainable. Those are the worst ones – when you almost nearly nailed it, but somehow in the precious last moments, you let it slip – those are the losses that hurt the most.

I think of Sascha Zverev losing the US Open to Dominic Thiem after leading with two sets – a loss like that hurts. Whether it’s tennis or any thing else in life – a hard loss can hurt. But the important thing is to gain perspective and realise that you are still alive and there will be other opportunities. It is difficult to see that in the moment, but try to remember that this world is bountiful and even if one opportunity doesn’t work out – as desirable as it may have been – it probably isn’t the end of the road. The likelihood is that there will be others and most probably those others may be even better and even sweeter.

Life is full of opportunity – even when you’ve just lost a very meaningful, desirable and important one.

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Carol Kane

Inspirational…

Meet the ‘proper northern lass’ who went from working class background to joint Boohoo.com CEO

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Sadio Mané

Pure inspiration…

Sadio Mané. Source: The Economist

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Little consistent effort…

I once heard someone say “we overestimate what we can do in a day and underestimate what we can do in a year with a little consistent effort”.

Says it all really.

We can get disappointed because the big bang productivity goal we had for today didn’t quite materialise, but isn’t it more productive and effective to focus on little actions each day that drive us toward one big goal each year?

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Get to work

Sometimes, you have to put your head down, remind yourself what’s important to you (not to other people) and get down to work.

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Lethargy…

Sometimes you just have to plow through it.

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Esther House

She’s 12…

Source: The Economist

Esther, keep helping; keep solving problems. The most valuable people today are those who solve high value problems.

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Happy May!!

Welcome to May. Wish you a productive month.

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When the world is falling down all around you, just let it fall. But you, keep on trudging. Keep your vision in-front of you and, come hell or high-water, keep on moving.

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Extraordinary lives are not marked by ease but by conviction and courage; even in the midst of fear, doubt and uncertainty

–pexfa