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The secret weapons to success could be right at your fingertips (part I)

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My desk is a veritable treasure trove of weaponry… weapons of success that is.


Kirsty Dunphey

Having spent much of my working life at a desk in front of a computer I decided a few years ago that what I had with me at my desk was going to be vital in assisting me towards achieving my definition of success.


Weapon 1. The “What rocked” journal


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I’ve always been envious at the amazing diaries my Mum has been able to keep over years. Envious, yet seemingly unable to replicate this feat! Until this year that is… Instead of attempting to match my Mum’s feat I simply start a “what rocked” journal on 1 January. One small entry per day of something that was awesome about (a.k.a. “that rocked”) my day.


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On the days I’ve shown above I’ve listed completely unrelated things for each day, like having John Anderson (legendary Contiki founder) agree to write the foreword to my book Retired at 27, having a great dinner with friends and a promo launch of a new business.


By focusing on the good in each day the aim is to attract more of that great stuff into my life rather than focusing on the dull or downside of each day.


Alan Loy McGinnis said: “Life is not so much a matter of ‘finding’ ourselves as it is a matter of making ourselves.”

On an unrelated note (you can see that my “what rocked” journal was a little gift passed on to me by a mentor of mine, Glen Coutinho) if you have a small diary (the promotional company type about A6 size) that you’d like to be my next “what rocked” journal please send to PO Box 7713, Launceston, Tasmania 7250. Any spare journals will be distributed to others who want to replicate this activity.


More weapons to come in the following blog.



Kirsty Dunphey is one of Australia’s most publicised young entrepreneurs and is the founder of – the ultimate tool to help real estate agents write amazing advertisements. The youngest ever winner of the Australian Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year award, Kirsty started her first business at 15, her own real estate agency at 21, was a self-made millionaire at 23 and a self-made multi-millionaire at 25. For more information on Kirsty or either of her books – Advance to Go, Collect $1 Million and Retired at 27, If I can do it anyone can, or to sign up to her weekly newsletter head to:


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