The past couple of weeks has seen the start of the 10th series of The Apprentice. This year 20 candidates compete to win the opportunity to be Lord Sugar’s business partner.

It always makes for compelling tv viewing not just for the business tasks but for the fireworks, the fall-outs, the game-plans and especially for the board room finale where the candidates tear lumps out of one another.

This morning I wanted to show you some of the candidates’ audition videos and what they said about themselves…

They’re certainly not short of confidence…

“I have absolute believe in myself…”

“There’s nobody better than me! Nobody!”

“And to win I’m going to do anything that it takes!”

“My game plan is to win. I’m only entering this competition to win!”

Aspiration isn’t a bad thing at all. I genuinely believe that each one of us could do whatever we put our minds to. We all want to be successful and live fulfilled lives. We want to thrive and reach the top and be prosperous. There’s nothing wrong with that.

But as any casual viewer of The Apprentice will know sometimes that desire to be successful comes by keeping others down, playing games and stabbing fellow candidates in the back.

So when we think about aspiration it’s not just about the jobs we’d like to have in the future it’s also about the types of people we are and want to become.

I wanted to share a quick reading this morning called The Way of Love

If I speak with human eloquence but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak with power making everything plain as day but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even put my life on the line for what is right, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.”

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut or have a big ego,
Love doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of others mistakes,
Doesn’t enjoy watching others grovel,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back but keeps going to the end.

So may you aim high and achieve your dreams but may you also aspire to live a life of love.

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