Think the opposite by Paul Arden

As part of a mentoring program in Tieto, we got the opportunity to choose a leadership book as inspiration. Myself and my mentee chose "Whatever you think - Think the opposite" by Paul Arden. The cover page explains the focus of the book:
  • This book explains the benefits of making bad decisions
  • It shows how risk is your security in life
  • And why unreason is better than reason
  • It´s about having the confidence to roll the dice
I love the book. It is exformative, condensed, sharp, raw, honest, bold... Full of inspiration and passion.

Well, some sample quotes from the book:

There is no right point of view
There is a conventional or popular point of view.
There is a personal point of view.
There is a large point of view which the majority share.
There is a small point of view which just a few share.
But there is no right point of view.
You are always right.
You are always wrong.
It just depends from which pole you are looked at.
Advances in any field are built upon people with the small or personal point of view.

Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination.
Devour films, music, books, paintings, poems, photographs, conversations, dreams, trees, architecture, street signs, clouds, light and shadows.
Select only things to steal from that speaks directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.
Authenticity is invaluable.
Originality is non-existent.
Don´t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it.
Remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: "It´s not where you take things from - it´s where you take them to"

The best piece of advice ever given was by the art director of Harper´s bazaar, Alexey Brodovitch, to the young Richard Avedon, destined to become one of the world´s great photographers.
The advice was simple:
Bear these words in mind, and whatever you do will be creative.

Simply change your life.
The world is what you think of it.
So think of it differently and your life will change.


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