It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be

My notes from Paul Arden’s, It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be.


Nearly all rich and powerful people are not notably talented, educated, charming or good-looking. They become rich and powerful by wanting to be rich and powerful. Your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have. Without having a goal it’s difficult to score.


All creative people need something to rebel against, it’s what gives their lives excitement.


If you can’t solve a problem, it’s because you’re playing by the rules.


The perosn who doesn’t make mistakes is unlikely to make anything.


Knowledge comes from the past, so it’s safe. It is also out of date. It’s the opposite of originality.


So: it’s wrong to be right, because people who are right are rooted in the past, rigid-minded, dull and smug.

There’s no talking to them.


Risks are a measure of people. People who won’t take them are trying to preserve what they have.


“High creativity is responding to situations without critical thought.”
– John Cleese


Don’t give a speech. Put on a show.

When we attend a lecture, we generally go to see the speaker not to hear what they have to say.

We know what they have to say. That’s why we go to see them.


[O]riginality can’t be fashionable, because it hasn’t as yet had the approval of the committee.