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Tom Riach   My Press Releases

Wealth 32 : The Independent Thinker

Published on 12/1/2014
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The Independent Thinker” is the 32nd in my 'Wealth' series of original copyrighted WakeUp2Wealth Press Releases written by Tom Riach (that's me above) from my home in the sunny south of Portugal.

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Warning! The following article contains explicit references to character traits and life skills of The Independent Thinker and of top achievers. Exposure to this material could damage the health of the idle and those dedicated to a life of mediocrity.

The Independent Thinker awakened from his deep, untroubled sleep at exactly the hour that he had predetermined; just as he had done every day for most of his adult life. He needed no alarm clock nor companion to arouse him and the time at which he wanted to awaken could vary, as indeed could his location or well-being, but every night he slept for as long as intended and every day he awakened at just the time he wanted to. To achieve this feat he had programmed his subconscious to be his alarm clock and trained himself thus over many years. In practice his technique was simple. Last thing before putting his head down he would say aloud - “I will sleep soundly and untroubled for six hours and awaken at six o'clock.” In the beginning he had repeated the instruction several times but for a long time past no longer needed to.

Note also that his instruction included the words “soundly and untroubled.” This too worked like clockwork, he couldn't remember a time of other than lovely, long, cosy sleeps! This latter feature, sound sleep, was also aided by other aspects of his lifestyle, namely -

  • Regular exercise and fresh air

  • Varied and healthy Mediterranean diet

  • Worry and stress free living

These last three mentioned required self discipline which The Independent Thinker had in bucket loads having worked on it since youth, but it was in some ways a contradiction because he hated routine. So he varied his routine from moment to moment, day to day. This kept him unpredictable to others and alert.

On this particular day after getting up, the first thing he did was his exercise – at least an hour of high intensity work – and then his meditation and mantras (more about that elsewhere). With his physical and spiritual training attended to, the rest of the morning was reserved for work (a thoroughly enjoyable activity for him) but lunchtime onwards was for relaxation, fun and assisting some less fortunate folks. The latter might sound altruistic but The Independent Thinker had found the activity intellectually and spiritually rewarding, so he was getting something out of it too!

But there was much more to The Independent Thinker than just the 'trick' of waking up when he wanted to, eating well and keeping his mind, body and blood pressure in check! In reality The Independent Thinker had an itinerary of activities which would appear daunting to most people but he had created a work pattern, relaxed and unhurried, in which he could produce more and better quality art (as he chose to call his work) in one morning than an average person might achieve in one month! In fact a casual observer might have considered him so relaxed as not to be working at all. But his mind was constantly alert, analysing and planning; at least that is until he chose to shut it down, also by subconscious command. With this mindset The Independent Thinker had the self-assurance to be unaffected by conflicts or criticism and neither worry nor stress entered his life because he simply did not permit them.

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The Independent Thinker

That's me on the right, on stage at Vilamoura Casino presenting awards in my capacity as consultant to a major leisure and tourism company.

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A central facet of The Independent Thinker's character was that he shunned the limelight. You would never have picked him out in a crowd, he preferred the anonymity of the background but, when the limelight did demand, then he would handle that with ease. No, what The Independent Thinker really loved was his work, and even more so a challenge! Were anyone to have the temerity to suggest to The Independent Thinker that something was impossible then I'd suggest that they do so from a safe distance and in full battle gear! Working on an 'impossible' project was everything to him, so much so that the actual end game, the achievement of a successful conclusion, left him feeling empty. Hence the need in his life to embark quickly on to the next project and then the next and the next and so on. His imagination you see would not, could not stop. And this is why all independent thinkers never retire. How do you retire an active imagination? Why would you stop doing that thing in life which you most enjoy?

POWER POINT - “How do you retire an active imagination? Why would you stop doing that thing in life which you most enjoy?”

And The Independent Thinker had become successful in life precisely because of his inquisitive mind and his desire to expand and perfect his knowledge. He had made himself a specialist in his field and had worked purposefully, obstinately and persistently to develop his ideas and visions, usually working alone and often in the face of external opposition. But he ignored criticism, after all it came from the 95% of the population (95%ers) who lack the mindset of successful achievers (5%ers), and therefore was worthless. It amused him to think that he was regarded as some sort of eccentric simply because -

  • He refused to go with the herd – independence and space is his reserve

  • He preferred the simple life – sunshine, nature and love of others

  • He didn't complain – rather he created what he wanted

  • He spoke with integrity and of truth and respect

  • He believed in simplicity of thought and action

  • He lived life as an authentic participant

  • He took the risk of being successful

  • He was self-effacing and generous

  • He didn't take things personally – 'others views are a reflection of themselves'

  • He'd speak little of his affairs and then only to those few who empathised

  • He didn't read newspapers - 'their content is half lies and half garbage'

  • He hated journalists – 'they make it good, make it big and make it up!'

  • He hated politicians – same as above but worse

  • He kept his mobile switched off – more so in restaurants or when in company

  • He communicated clearly - said what he thought and what he meant

  • He was courageous – asked for and expressed what he wanted

  • He only mixed with positive minded people

  • He avoided negative people - even family and former friends

  • He didn't waste valuable life time watching soaps and reality TV

  • He refused to believe everything he was told – he worked it out for himself

  • He didn't jump to conclusions - he worked things out for himself

  • He had a lively wit and a wicked sense of humour

  • He was self critical but never sorry for himself

  • He refused to gossip or speak ill of others

  • He always did his best

The Independent Thinker completed his day by finishing off the above list which he had prepared for one of his Wake Up Leisure and Learning Breaks (click on that title to learn more about them) classes which he was conducting in the morning. He wryly reflected that he could easily have added one hundred and one more traits and skills to the collection, but those would suffice for now. He closed his laptop, reclined in his lounger on the open terrace and, looking up at a clear, starry sky of wondrous beauty, he drained his cut crystal glass of its remaining Petrus '89. How many of his fledgling entrepreneurs of the morrow would progress to the privilege of that sublime flavour? - he smiled. Then he unburdened all his current work, thoughts and plans to his subconscious and 'switched off.' Stretching out on his bed he closed his eyes and whispered, “I will sleep soundly and untroubled for ….….... “

Foot Note :

Do you have what it takes to be an independent thinker? How many of the following adjectives apply to you?

Adenturous, analytical, assured, demanding, dogged, hard-working, honest, independent, intellectual, introverted, inventive, logical, multi-faceted, non-conformist, planning, quiet, quirky, rational, reserved, resolute, self-confident, self-critical, structured, theoretical, unsociable, visionary, witty.

I live and 'work' in the sunny south of Portugal. Need I say more?The Independent Thinker

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is an original copyrighted Tom Riach press release, short and to the point. I hope you enjoyed reading about ”The Independent Thinker” and found it informative/entertaining. To learn more or to get in touch with me please visit me on my website at WAKE UP 2 WEALTH.

See you there! Regards, Tom.

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