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

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Your armoury is complete with this lot. Now to make it all work for your own success.


Kirsty Dunphey

Continuing the journey to success at my desk with the aid of more secret weaponry (see weaponry 1, weaponry 2 and weaponry 3 in previous blogs).


Weapon 4. The book of knowledge


Ever been to a seminar, read a book, heard someone speak and been introduced to a great idea – only to realise that you’ve heard it before, thought it was great and then deleted it from your brain almost as quickly as it arrived!


My book of knowledge is what I use to avoid as many of those moments (which used to happen to me A LOT!) Any time I read, hear or learn something that triggers that light bulb moment for me – I write in my book of knowledge.


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It’s a pretty simple concept and one that has greatly assisted not only in using one of my many groovy notebooks (I think I may have an addiction to them) – but also in tracking the best ideas that come into my brain (before they head out again!).


While I truly think the human brain is an amazing thing, mine certainly doesn’t remember everything it needs to. By reading back over this book, which contains ideas, business strategies, quotes, stories and articles, I get an instant rush of inspiration. And if you’re someone (like myself) who can’t bear to deface a book by highlighting or writing in it – it just may work as a solution for you too.


“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”
John Locke




Weapon 5. Instant memories


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Sometimes I have a phone call that doesn’t go the way I want it to, or I receive an email that gets me a bit cranky. Bad moments happen to all of us at times, but I feel it’s what we do to get ourselves out of them that is really important.


My secret weapons to get me back on track at my desk are what I like to call my Instant Memories.


There’s my baseball that transports me instantly to an amazing trip my husband and I took to Disneyland. There’s a goofy gift given to make me smile. There’s the framed quote I bought myself while celebrating a huge business success.


Each of these items are just simple little things but they have the power to be able to produce a dramatic shift in my mental state when I need them to do so.


“Everything that is past is either a learning experience to grow on, a beautiful memory to reflect on, or a motivating factor to act upon.”
Denis Waitley



This is the final in our four part series of desk weaponry. If you’ve got any suggestions for what you consider to be weapons of success at your desk feel free to contact me and let me know!





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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