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

Some secret weapons of success work better when they are put on display.

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

Kirsty Dunphey

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

Weapon 3. The Wall

Years ago, heading in to my local gym, I always loved the little motivational quotes they stuck on to the equipment and the walls. It made me realise that if one little quote that I saw while slogging it out on a bike for 15 minutes could give me a little buzz of inspiration, then by changing what I was staring at each and every day in my workspace I could have that same impact multiplied many times over.

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Over the years my walls have been covered with many things, but to illustrate what’s currently taking pride of place I’ve taken this very artsy photo (not!) to show four important parts.

1. Shake it off and step up

Simply Google “shake it off and step up” to read this great little piece and I’m sure you’ll understand why I have it at my desk. Special thanks to Debbie MacQueen for introducing me to it!

2. My Burnie 10 running number

My running number from my first 10 kilometre race (ran in October last year in under my goal time) is a great visual reminder of an important goal achieved.

3. Retired at 27 stats

We launched a new book this year and I keep a visual track of how sales are going. Our team gets to be excited when we add more sales to the list (as do I!).

4. My personal mission statement

I wrote this mission statement for myself and my personal life when I sold my business last year. Without it I knew I’d run the risk of not heading in a direction of my choice.

Alice (in Wonderland): I was just wondering if you could help me find my way.
Cheshire Cat: Well that depends on where you want to get to.
Alice: Oh, it really doesn’t matter, as long as…
Cheshire Cat: Then it really doesn’t matter which way you go.

My mission statement includes things like:

My lifestyle:

  • Is supported by passive income.
  • Allows me to see the world.
  • Allows me to spend a lot of quality time with my husband.
  • Allows me time to be fit and healthy.
  • Allows me to proud of and excel in my achievements.

Developing your own mission statement is dead simple because there’s no right or wrong, no correct format and no need for it to work for anyone other than you!

If however you can’t seem to get a start, feel free to contact us for a template.

More weapons to come.


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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