Tom Butler-Bowdon


Australian-born English Non-Fiction Author of the 50 Self-Help Classics Series

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Integrity means having a changeless core inside.

To lead, you have to make a declaration of independence against the estimation of others, the culture, the age. You have to decide to live in the world, but outside existing conceptions of it. Leaders do not merely do well by the terms of their culture they create new contexts, new things, new ways of doing and being.

Measuring your life daily against written goals is a fundamental of success. Fewer than 3 percent of people have written goals, and fewer than 1 percent regularly review them.

While good habits are hard to acquire, they become easy to live with; in contrast, bad habits come slowly and easily abut are hard to live with. You acquire bad habits by choices – choose good habits and they make you. Choose bad habits and they break you.

Misfortune is a point of view. Successful people see things less in terms of good or bad, but as results. The result is the fact, not your emotional response to it. Your response is your choice.

Your experiences matter only because of how you perceive them, and become the master of your own thoughts, you can control what filters into your subconscious. It becomes a better reflection of what you actually desire and “broadcasts” to the infinite realm clear messages of those desires.

Most people accept life scripts from the environment (family, society) into which they have grown. However, there is always the opportunity to write a new script.

The first step on the road to success is good character. The second is openness to new perspectives. The third is ensuring that daily action is shaped by higher aims, with the knowledge that you always reap what you sow.

Once you have given an emotional meaning to an event, you are less able to be fully aware of the next moment because you are caught up in emotion. You will not be able to see your play clearly, only through the mists of fury… negative statements become self-fulfilling prophecies.

Only those willing to see things from new perspectives can have regular access to truth.

Optimists perform better statistically. Optimism is power.

Always challenge conventional wisdom.

Personal growth is often the result not of doing something new, but of seeing the same things in a new light. We all have mental maps of our world that we mistake for the actual territory. By clinging on to old maps we fail to see the true lie of the land and get lost.

Always seek out interesting people.

Refining your ability to think should be your investment priority; it always provides the best returns.

Clarity about goals saves a huge amount of energy that can be productively in other areas.

Risk taking only makes sense when you have a core set of values that do not change.

Create a noble aim for your life, then make use of every moment to achieve it…. “tiny brushstrokes”, those moments of productivity that seem like nothing at the time but build up to something big.

Success is not primarily a matter of circumstances or native talent or even intelligence – it is a choice.

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Australian-born English Non-Fiction Author of the 50 Self-Help Classics Series