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Lewis Hamilton's Dedication To Training

By Tom Hasker, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International

Lewis Hamilton has won 3 Formula 1 World Drivers' Championships... which is not something that comes easily! It takes a great deal of effort and hard work from a young age to achieve the driving skill in the car as well as the level-head off the track to achieve a goal like this. It takes a huge amount of dedication to get to these levels and still keep the momentum going during the off-season before the 2017 championship starts on 28th March.

As Mr Hamilton tweets here," believing in yourself and having a dedication to hard work are the keys to success".

Is Lewis Hamilton any different to us? No. Rest assured he has made sacrifices. What sacrifices do you need to make? What does hard work look like for you? Where can you excel in your life?!

For a further insight into what it takes to achieve great things, here's legendary athlete Mo Farah on the importance of hard work...

Dwayne Johnson's Passion And Hard Work Paying Off...

By Sukh Singh, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International

Yes, actor and entertainer Dwayne Johnson is going from strength to strength. Yes, hard work and passion are important, and yes, we all know that's true. So why is Mr Johnson succeeding where most people are not?

On Monday this week, 'The Rock' shared two instagram posts about two major personal achievements, to answer that question...

Bringin' it home. This one's very special.. Thank you NAACP and fans for this incredible honor. Thank you to all my peers in the room last night from all walks of life who I have so much luv and respect for. I was honored to dedicate this award to the two men who taught me one of life's greatest lessons that I carry with me every day. My dad, Rocky "Soulman" Johnson and my grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia. Two very proud men of color, who came up from having nothing but, broke color barriers and a blazed a path for me and so many others. The lesson they taught me, was when times get tough, hold onto faith and always be willing to put in the very hard work with my own two hands. This one's for them and all those before us who's shoulders we proudly and gratefully stand on. #NAACPAwards #EntertainerOfTheYear

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Crazy that this passion project I'm producing started years ago when I was in London filming and couldn't sleep (clearly I didn't have my tequila) so at 3am I turn the TV on in my hotel suite and watch a documentary on a UK channel about a local wrestling family. The doc was intriguing, unpredictable and heartfelt. I had a hunch the narrative would make an interesting movie. And here we are starting production this week and fortunate enough to sign this kind of deal - I couldn't be happier for everyone who's worked so hard bringing this passion project to life. Special shout out to our new partners Gary Barber and Jonathan Glickman of MGM who came in strong and believed so passionately in this unique project. Thank you boys! Let's shoot. #FightingWithMyFamily #SevenBucksProds #MisherFilms #Film4 #WWEFilms #MGM

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Dwayne Johnson wasn't always this passionate or dedicated. He's been through many struggles in life - more than we know. We don't know what those dark days were, those moments of self-doubt, those moments of fear. Passion and hard work don't come in a box, ready-to-use. They are developed and earned through harder days.

In his second post, Mr Johnson shows us the very lesson he learned from his forefathers taught him; when times get tough, hold onto faith and always be willing to do the very hard work with my own two hands. 

He has worked primarily on his attitude to life. That is the driver for everything he has achieved and will achieve. So when we say passion and hard work are important, the worst thing we can do is take that for granted because we hear it all the time. The best thing we can do is listen, as Dwayne Johnson has done. The best thing we can do is ask ourselves honestly, where am I falling short? Where am I not being honest with myself? Where is my attitude letting me down despite my passion? How can I be a better person?

As I said, at one point in his life, his outlook was definitely not rock solid (no pun intended). Click here to find out how Dwayne Johnson learned to overcome depression... 

Humans of Argentina Special

By Sukh Singh, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International

Recently, Brandon Stanton, the man behind Humans of New York, changed location for a special insight into Argentina. Below are two very personal and humbling stories. This is such a powerful series because there's no label here. No box for these people to fit into. They are human beings and share the same pains, heartaches and hopes as we do. We are all far more alike than we think, and the more we realise this truth, the richer we are in every sense. Life, business, family - all work so much better when we have stronger relationships around us.

“Last December my wife lost her job, and now we’re struggling to get to the end of every month. Around the 20th, we always realize there’s no money left. Half of my paycheck goes to rent. And we’re still in debt from our wedding. We can’t afford to go out anymore. Our diets have changed. Now it seems like money is all we talk about: what bills to pay, what to keep, what to leave out. She thinks I spend on the wrong things. I think she spends on the wrong things. So we end up arguing. But I have faith we will pass this test. Both of us came from difficult backgrounds. She was adopted. My mother abandoned me when I was young. We both know what it means to struggle, and that’s why we chose to be together. I came to this city from a small town because I was looking for happiness. And I found my happiness in her. So we’re going to figure this out.” (Rosario, Argentina)

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“I water my lawn every morning and birds come to get worms out of the wet ground. If I ever miss a day, the ground will be too hard, and the birds will sit in the yard and call out because their babies are hungry. That’s how I’ve felt my whole life. Like a bird calling out for food. Thirty years ago I went on strike in this same square. We weren’t getting paychecks. There was no money for bills or food. At the time my sons were one, eight, and nine. So we decided to go camping. I’d go fishing on the lake every night and catch two trout. That was enough to feed the four of us. We did it out of necessity but it was beautiful. My sons are in their thirties now. All of them have flown away. But they remember those times with happiness.” (San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina)

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We learn so much in school; reading, writing, arithmetic, science... yet we don't learn how to listen. We don't learn how to build phenomenal relationships that will empower us in life. It is vital that we do if we want to have a real chance at success and happiness. If you want to learn how to build a great network around you, get in touch with us via the chat box on this page or the contact details at the bottom.

What happens when we take the time and effort to understand others? Click here for a must-watch story!

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I want to make the most of my life and help others make the most of theirs. For the last 5 years I have been developing myself intensively with support of an amazing mentorship community at Lighthouse International and our non-profit organisation, Lighthouse Kidz. I am learning and appreciating more and more the importance of meaningful, trust-filled, character rich relationships with people - not just connections. These kinds of relationships completely revolutionise organisations, industries and change families and individuals' lives.

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