There seems to be a cloud of sorts hanging over so many of us and we're struggling to dust off 2011 and keep moving forward.
There seems to be a cloud of sorts hanging over so many of us and we're struggling to dust off 2011 and keep moving forward. The Observer

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EVERY now and then in life, you come across someone who inspires you - I mean, really inspires you.

Kylie Hasse is one such person. What an amazing woman.

Take a look at the smaller picture on Page 19 and the look on her face says it all.

What Kylie has seen and experienced goes well beyond what most of us could ever imagine.

She has looked horror in the eye and seen hope.

She has seen how precious, yet also how seemingly disposable, life can be.

Here is the kind of woman we would want our daughters to have as a role model.

And not content with what she has already achieved, Kylie is still striving, is still working to fulfil new dreams and realise new goals.

It's not that she is dissatisfied with what she has already achieved. She is not satisfied to just let that be it.

That's what makes a true achiever.

I've heard it said an awful lot this year (already) that things are tough.

Fair enough, last year was massive. As a region we saw unprecedented rates of growth and it was a marathon effort just to keep up, much less to stem the flow of good workers away from small businesses, address the issues of rapid expansion, make ends meet and meet community demand and expectations.

So, it's understandable we would be feeling a little fatigued as a result.

This is where we can really draw from Kylie's story. Against unimaginable risk, in the face of the horror of war, Kylie has maintained focus and kept going.

In spite of the fatigue. In spite of what must have been moments of terror. We could learn a lot from Kylie - and we should count ourselves lucky to have a role model like her.



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