Tom Butler-Bowdon


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

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The more choices we have, the greater the need for focus.

The wealth creator has a moral obligation to enrich the lives of others in whatever way they can.

We learn how to close the gap between what we are and what we could become. But what if we are yet to identify what we could become? Frankl noted that the modern person has almost too much freedom to deal with. We no longer live through instinct, but tradition is no guide either. This is the existential vacuum, in which the frustrated will to meaning is compensated for in the urge for money, sex, entertainment, even violence. We are not open to the various sources of meaning, which according to Frankl are: 1 Creating a work or doing a deed. 2 Experiencing something or encountering someone (love). 3. The attitude we take to unavoidable suffering.

You can rest assured that if you devote your time and attention to the highest advantage of others, the Universe will support you, always and in the nick of time.

A rule of life is that we never seem to progress until we have first fully lived out the possibilities in the situation we are in now.

Anyone can get a job, but do you have a purpose?

Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will and selfishness—all of them due to the offenders’ ignorance of what is good or evil. But for my part I have long perceived the nature of good and its nobility, the nature of evil and its meanness, and also the nature of the culprit himself, who is my brother (not in the physical sense, but as a fellow-creature similarly endowed with reason and a share of the divine); therefore none of those things can injure me, for nobody can implicate me in what is degrading.

Circumstances do not make a person, they reveal him.

Did I live; did I love; did I matter?

Freud tried to show that dreams are not simply meaningless hallucinations, but a window into the unconscious that can reveal suppressed wishes.

It is the feeling of inferiority, inadequacy and insecurity that determines the goal of an individual’s existence. One motive is common to all forms of vanity. The vain individual has created a goal that cannot be attained in this life. He wants to be more important and successful than anyone else in the world, and this goal is the direct result of his feeling of inadequacy.

Life may sometimes feel short at a philosophical level, and there is always the chance we may die young. But for most people in well-off countries today, life is not, as the 17th-century political philosopher Thomas Hobbes famously put it, 'solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short'.

More than ninety-nine percent of male and female genetic coding is exactly the same. Out of the 30,000 genes in the human genome, the variation between the sexes is small. But those few differences influence every single cell in our bodies—from the nerves that register pleasure and pain to the neurons that transmit perception, thoughts, feelings and emotions.

Most of us cherish freedom, but when we actually get the opportunity to make our own way it can be terrifying.

Perhaps it's obvious, but it's also so easy to forget: never get too discouraged by the apparent gap between what you believe you are capable of, and what it seems you are right now.

If you have a single powerful purpose, you will have the courage to act on your ideas.

To keep life fresh you must avoid “hardening of the attitudes.”

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.

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