Whatever you think, think the opposite


(English only – Sorry!)

It can be easy to think about giving up. To go home after work and just relax, instead of working on what really matters to you. This is the danger: getting comfortable in a situation that you’re not enjoying but brings food in the fridge. It’s important to find something inspiring and motivational for when you feel weak and about to fall into this trap; for me it’s a book. The kind of book very unlikely to find a place in my bookshelf: a pretty book, full of colours and images that doesn’t tell a story, nor really teach you anything. It’s called Whatever you think, think the opposite, by Paul Arden.

This book looks like it’s made out of these stupid memes that spam the internet. But instead of ready-made sentences supposed to make you feel better, it is full of general good advices like “start taking bad decisions” and the promotion of “the achievement of failure”. And, even if I don’t agree with all the statements, I really believe that it’s the best path to follow.

Here’s a selection of my favourites:

“Trapped. It’s not because you are making the wrong decisions, it’s because you are making the right ones.”

“If you always make the right decision, the safe decision, the one most people make, you will be the same as everyone else.”

“The unsafe decision causes you to think and respond in a way you hadn’t thought of. And that thought will lead to other thoughts which will help you achieve what you want. Start taking bad decisions and it will take you to a place where others only dream of being.”

“Do it, then fix it as you go.”

“Next time, instead of asking if it’s right, ask them what’s wrong.”

“If you want to be interesting, be interested.”

“Steal. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. […] Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable.”

“Don’t stay too long in a job.”

“The advice was simple: ASTONISH ME. Bear these words in mind and whatever you do will be creative.”





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  1. Pingback: Is the life you live always compatible with your creative self? | Alice von Gotha - bilingual artblog

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