By Rauf Fadzilla

Imagine people halfway across the world using coins with your face on it....
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Do you intend to be a blip on the radar? Remember you only have this one chance, this one life to make your mark, to shine, to leave something behind, to be remembered, to make a difference.

Alexander the Great conquered and ruled over most of the known world. Imagine how it must feel to have people in several continents using coins with your face on it?
Benjamin Franklin discovered the electricity that powers our homes, factories and cities.

Steve Jobs developed the first 3D animated feature film (Toy Story) and built Apple inc, a technology empire worth $7 billion. 

The thrill of achievement is what drives a winner to prevail against all odds, to tear down walls and shift boundaries. The difference between getting the job, getting the girl (or guy) and getting that trophy is “attitude”.

In Anthony Robbin’s book "Unlimited Power", he explains in simple terms the power of the mind and how to gain control and use it. Take charge of your own mental abilities and cause them to work for you.

No such thing as obstacles

Losers sit around and whine about doing their best, winners get to go home with the prom queen.
The biggest problem we face in the world today is whiners who refuse to strive for their utmost best in everything that we do.

All it requires is a change in mindset.

Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times, after surviving testicular cancer.
Helen Keller overcame her physical disabilities and became the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. She went on to become a respected author and lecturer. 

All truly successful people have a natural driving force within them that sets them apart from others. This force is a part of them 24 hours a day, seven days a week and never subsides.
Lance Armstrong's attitude towards winning at his sport was what helped him beat cancer and he soldiered on according to his maxim, “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.”

As a cycler he had become accustomed to the intense pain and suffering of riding for long hours. He had faced and conquered fear, again and again and again. To him, failure was worse than any pain.
The first thing you must realize in order to be a winner is that there are no problems, only solutions. Be a fixer, not a finger pointer. Recognize that failure is a necessary pre-cursor to success.

Stay sharp, stay focused
So that's what greatness tastes like... 
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“To be a great champion you must believe you are the best."
Muhammad Ali

Ali was a man who believed he was the best, the greatest and today we know him as 'The Champ'. Because of his blatant belief in his ability and self worth, he is the most popular name in boxing. The funny thing is though, if you ask many boxers, they'd say he wasn't the hardest hitter or even the best at the sport but he was the greatest believer in himself. Learning to believe in yourself is the first step towards greatness. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you're not good enough for the things that you want. Remember, you were born different from others and that automatically makes you a winner.
Like Ali, create a brand for yourself. Establish your principles and values, what you stand for and what you strive for and then project that image to the world.

Imagine the possibilities

Take a moment to sit back, close your eyes and picture your life 20 or maybe 30 years from now. What would have? Material possessions like a big car and a mansion or memorable achievements like developing the first cybertronic life form or discovering a new solar system? Go wild, let your imagination soar.
Once you’ve determined what your dreams are, you have to set goals to achieve them. You must decide what your immediate and future goals are and then focus to reach them. These could be getting first class honours at Uni, getting an office promotion or closing a big sale. Whatever your goals are, define them and work towards them.
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“Limitations are the greatest catalyst for creativity.”
Khairil M Bahar
Independent film maker

Learn to live with uncertainty and ambiguity. Expect shifting priorities. Develop an ability to improvise. In today's world everything is in a state of constant change. You have to go with the flow and that means the ability to instantly create new directions and constantly shift your objectives.
Remember you only get one shot at this life. How are you going to live it?