Title: Whatever you think, think the opposite Author: Paul Arden
Publisher: Portfolio Trade
Publication Date: March 10, 2006
ISBN-10: 1591841216, ISBN-13: 978-1591841210 Language: English
The genius thing about this book is that it looks like there's really nothing genius about it. In the simple type faced-easy to read in 15 minute-144 paged part look book part text book, Arden takes your mind on a paradigm shifting journey the length of a train ride from King’s Cross to Bounds Green. From PG Tips to CV Tips, he chips almost everything in between, forcing you to redefine your views and belief system about security, safety, stability, status quo, sense (and/or nonsense), satisfaction, school, shame, sanity and general outlook to life. I dare attempt to make my axioms of his axioms.
1. Embarrass yourself.
2. You might want to quit throwing pennies in a wishing well. You’re building a misfortune.
3. There's no wisdom in living a life of regrets: “Should have, would have, could have ...” are the words on a fool's cap.
4. While you may or may not have been involved with activities that may include pro-choice activism, endeavor to keep your inner child alive.
5. Push your mind to produce something of use – be it useless or useful.
6. Leave paper planes for origami. Your ambition should blast off in a rocket and blow your mind.
7. Choose to be propelled by your failure(s). The earlier you learn to reconstruct rejection and criticism, the better.
8. Simple interest = PTR/100, where P = Pay attention
T = To
R = Receive attention
100 = It’s foolproof
9. Why don’t you start your life with a goal post and then a goal?
10. To sum it up:
Cogito Ergo Sum,
Sum Ergo Find-Your-Ego.
11. And where you knew it to be antonyms, think synonyms i.e. ‘Right’ and ‘Wrong’ might as well be viewed as a bipolar perspective.
12. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is the man with a point of view. What do you think? Have an opinion.
13. “Even a bad idea executed is better than a good idea undone.” Plus you will never be Plato, so just get your balls in motion.
14. Of kleptomaniacs and queens of England, you are in good company. Kleptomania is a blue-blooded trait. Steal, but not with a peasant intent.
15. There’s no mistaking this; Ignorance is Bliss.
16. Think Different.* Be a maverick while you're alive.
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*RIP Steve Jobs