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On Tuesday 19th August Marlyse and I were ‘At The Top’.

Let me explain. You see we were on the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai, the tallest building in the world.

The tallest building in the world

The tallest building in the world

Mind you we weren’t right at the top, we were on the observation platform which is nearly 40 stories below the top of the building!

Some stats: The building is over 828 meters tall and has over 160 stories. Here’s a link to find out more: At The Top.

So, why am I talking about this building? Well it’s a great metaphor for life. Imagine the challenges that had to be overcome, the sheer enormity of such a project!

The audacious dreaming, planning and management involved. Indeed what is possible when one is wholly committed is mind blowing.

Back to that metaphor. Have you ever come across an obstacle or challenge that seemed too big to surmount?

And then after working on it for a while you finally found a way to overcome it?

It seems that life is full of challenges and as soon as you overcome one, another one pops up. It’s like life is just a series of learning experiences 🙂

But what most people do when they face a big challenge is to back off. I suspect through fear, certainly that happened to me a few times. Fear of failure, fear of rejection etc.

I finally came to realize that the bigger the challenge, the bigger the win when it is overcome. That was a huge turning point for me.

The Dubai Mall has over 1200 shops

The Dubai Mall has over 1200 shops – that’s a 70 story building on the right!

The difference then between highly successful people and others is that successful people find a way to ‘jump’ each hurdle as they encounter it instead of pulling up.

Have you ever noticed though that some people jump hurdles with ease whilst many struggle. What’s that all about?

I believe it’s all about our conditioning from early in life. I’m sure the saying that ‘we become like those that we mix with’ is very real. And that starts with our family.

So we learn to approach hurdles just like our parents did and their parents before them! Add to that the media, our peers and teachers and very soon we have a rut that keeps getting deeper unless we consciously do something about it.

The sad part of it all is that most people spend the rest of their life confined to that rut without realizing other possibilities exist.

And they keep on jumping the same old hurdles ad infinitum. I know how it feels because I’ve been there myself 🙁

I remember waking up one day asking myself ‘is this all there is?’ Even though I had a successful career, a healthy family and all the trimmings, I felt empty inside.

The result? Through personal development, I found the courage to get out of a groove that was killing my spirit. Was I making a lot of money? Yes. Was I happy? No.

In fact, by the time I started doing something about it, my unhappiness had damaged every aspect of my life. My health. My relationships. My self-esteem. My energy… I was a mess.

I knew I had to take a new path. Which I did. It wasn’t easy, but it worked. Then I met Marlyse and, as the saying goes, ‘the rest is history’.

We followed our heart, worked hard and helped thousands of people find a path that worked for them. So I know from experience that it’s possible.

One thing I learnt along the way is that it’s much easier to learn from others who have trodden the same path than to carve a fresh path through the jungle myself.

So if you are interested in traveling the ‘Road Less Travelled’ I encourage you to look at ‘In-Tuition & Freedom’, a three and a half day residential retreat that will give you a new perspective.

Probably the best investment you can ever make is to invest in yourself. Unlike traditional investments, knowledge once gained, can never be lost.

And if you’re ready to jump off the treadmill, to deliberately create an awesome future, join us on 31st October.

Until next time, may your life be filled with peace, love and joy.

Much love,

Michael.

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