Book Review: Whatever you think, think the opposite


Whatever you think, think the opposite

Title: Whatever you think, think the opposite

Author: Paul Arden

Continuation of It's Not How Good You Are. It's How Good You Want To Be, this book is precisely more of the same: More ideas and tips to be different, to take risks, to start doing more what you like and what you think you should be doing and less what others (or society, or anybody) tells you to do. Some sentences are still very radical as in the first book, but this time at least have some explanation, like "don't go to university unless the subject of your learning is close to your heart."

The section about bad (and good) ideas is great, and it has some fun anecdotes. Again a short read (~130 pages), I felt this one is a more generic book about letting yourself go and become free to do what you really want to do, not only about unleashing creativity.


Just a few highlights I liked and wanted to keep:

Getting what you want means making the decisions you need to make to get what you want. Not the decisions those around you think you should make.

Everything we do we choose. [...] You are the person you chose to be.

The effort of coming to terms with things you do not understand makes them all the more valuable to you when you do grasp them.

Ideas have to be applied before they are recognized as good ideas. Even a bad idea executed is better than a good idea undone.

Solving the problem is the exciting part, not knowing the answer.

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

Meetings are for those with not enough to do.

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