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Where There's A Will

Joseph Tom Riach – Author of successful living books and mystery novels, vivid views of life and business

 

"Where There's A Will" is the thirty-first in my 2022 series of articles based on my real life experiences, professional insights, personal views and fun stories.

My hope is that in them you find joy and inspiration.

 

 

WHERE THERE'S A WILL 

     Most people are familiar with the - “Where there's a will, there's a way” - motto. Most people believe it to be true too. They acknowledge that solutions to situations in life or business are most likely to be found when driven by an absolute need. They know that desire, drive and determination, and sometimes desperation, are the necessary catalysts to human change, improvement or invention.

     But where pressing motivation is absent then things are viewed less urgently. In that case, ideas and tasks that could be attended to are less likely to receive attention. They get shelved or put off for 'another day'. Where there's no will, there's no drive to find a way!

     Top entrepreneurs and achievers in all areas of life become successful by having both the will and finding the way to reach their objectives. Their desire to succeed trumps all other considerations. Many start with no idea of how to get to where they want to go - the 'way'. But they have passion and drive – that's the 'will'. With that in place the 'way' soon reveals itself.

     Will Rogers, the iconic American vaudeville performer, fim star, writer, broadcaster and humourist-philosopher, was 'Will' by name and 'will' by nature. He extolled the virtue of hard work and became recognised as the epitomy of the self-made man.

     Born a citizen of the Cherokee nation in Oklahoma, he grew into adult life with scant idea as to a future trade or profession. He dropped out of school after tenth grade, did trick-roping and riding in rodeos and went to work as a rancher in Argentina and then South Africa, then as a circus performer in Australia.

     On a trip to New York in 1905, Rogers was at a vaudeville-come-rodeo show in Madison Square Garden when a wild steer broke out of the arena and began to climb into the viewing stands. Rogers roped the steer to the delight of the crowd. The feat got front page attention from the newspapers, giving him valuable publicity and an audience eager to see more. Will's “way” had found him!

     And your 'way' will find you – provided you have the 'will'.

     As a young man, there were many who said of me that - 'Tom has lost his way'. But, just like Will Rogers, I hadn't lost my way – I just had yet to find it! I did however possess limitless determination. And sure enough I soon found my way. Or rather, true to form, it found me.

     The bar was heaving with drinkers. I pushed my way to the front of the hubbub to call for a beer. Will, the landlord, struggling short-staffed, shouted over to me, “Free drinks if you help me out Tommy!” I crossed to the other side of the bar and was soon pulling pints for the mob.

     A hectic couple of hours later and relaxing after closing time with my well-earned beer, Will revealed that he had another small business he was in the process of disposing of. Would I like to take it on? Two short weeks later I became the proud owner of my first business. It didn't cost me a penny.*

     So I'm the living proof. Where there's a will - or a Will, there's a way! Never forget it.

 I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal.

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Why Risk Asking The 3 Big Questions?

Joseph Tom Riach – Author of successful living books and mystery novels, vivid views of life and business

 

"Why Risk Asking The 3 Big Questions?" is the thirtieth in my 2022 series of articles based on my real life experiences, professional insights, personal views and fun stories.

My hope is that in them you find joy and inspiration.

 

 

WHY RISK ASKING THE 3 BIG QUESTIONS? 

      The question, 'Why Risk Asking The 3 Big Questions?' begs the questions, 'What Are The 3 Big Questions?' and 'Where Does Risk Come Into It?' Good questions. Let me explain.

     I am a risk-taker by nature. I've taken risks of breath-taking extravagance in my life. Outrageous risks which, quite frankly, would confound and dismay most folks.

     In my youth I was headstrong and 'up for' whatever madcap escapades, and worse, were in the offing. That was risk-taking just for the sake of it.

    Later, in early business years, I still took monumental risks - but for a purpose. These inevitably entailed the possibility of substantial loss – financial, repute and physical – and often did result in abject failure. But many did bear fruit.

    Nowadays, and for many years past, I continue to take risks that the majority of people would consider to be of reckless proportions. Yet, and here's the good bit, I mostly don't taken any risks at all!

     What!!??

     The answer is that I learned to precede any potentially risky actions by asking myself 'the 3 big questions' -

               Am I healthy?

              Am I happy?

             Will my proposed action CERTAINLY impact positively on either my health or my happiness?

     Let's analyse, very simply, what I've just stated. The questions and the process of evaluation is, in fact, very simple. It's in its absolute simplicity that the profound effectiveness of 'the 3 big questions' principle lies.

      First, assume that you have perfect health. Why do anything which in any way could adversely affect it? Answer – don't!

      Second, assume that you have perfect happiness. Why do anything which in any way could adversely affect it? Answer – don't!

     And there's your answer to question three. Never do anything which is liable to damage your existing conditions of good health or inner happiness. As your happiness is, in the first instance, dependent on good bodily health, then your physical and spiritual well-beings are inter-related.

     Where your physical or mental health is less than perfect and will certainly be improved by your proposed action, or where your proposed action will in no way impinge on your good health and happiness, then any 'risk' is justified – by me at least!

     So the huge risks others perceive me to be taking in my life and business are anything but. I only embark on those 'high risk' actions which are not high risk to me at all. It's like having the dice always loaded in my favour. Nothing I do puts in jeopardy my good health or my overall happiness. My every risk is a certain winner!

     That is why I always 'Risk Asking The 3 Big Questions'. So too should you.

 I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal.

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Ask A Silly Question

Joseph Tom Riach – Author of successful living books and mystery novels, vivid views of life and business

 

"Ask A Silly Question" is the twenty-ninth in my 2022 series of articles based on my real life experiences, professional insights, personal views and fun stories.

My hope is that in them you find joy and inspiration.

 

 

ASK A SILLY QUESTION 

     Was there a pupil in your form at school who the rest of the class laughed at for regularly asking what they perceived to be silly questions? That pupil was me.

     Then in later years at college, night school or adult education was there also that one inevitable student capable of reducing the class to hysterical laughter with what were apparently equally stupid questions? That was me too.

     And had you been a member of my profession in my early years in its ranks, or the proverbial fly on the wall, then there in the front row at conferences, seminars and training schools you'd likewise find me firing off my salvo of questions weird and bizarre, to the perplexion of the speakers and the entertainment of all.

     Being renowned for my, let's call it 'lateral thinking inquisitiveness', had its advantages. It meant that I could show at the last minute to these events because my front row seat was kept for me by those intent on ensuring a good laugh! That, and the fact that venues tend to fill from the back rows forward - why do attendees shy from being in front, near the action? - meant that I was always best placed to easily interrupt presentations and harangue speakers with my apparently crazy questions.

     But as my 'notoriety' spread, over time so did its nature. I had you see grown to become one of the most prolific producers of new business in the industry. So, whereas previously my questions had been greeted with guffaws and the rolling of eyes, now when I interrupted and rose to speak an attentive silence descended. Delegates leaned forward to better hear what was being queried. The mood had become one of - 'what rich wisdom is in the question'?

     Without being fully aware of it, my audiences had themselves become, by association, askers of silly questions! Somewhere in the collective conscious had been seeded the realisation that being bright, educated, intellectual even, wasn't bringing wealth or success. But that an enquiring mind and a desire to know, even to the point of appearing dopey to your peers, was what produced results.

     Inevitably therefore, I found in time a constant stream of inquirers seeking me out, each one primed with the same hopeless question of the inspirationally lame – “What is the secret of your success?”

     Of course I had a ready answer - “Ask a silly question!”  

 I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal.

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Why Be A Constant Learner?

Joseph Tom Riach – Author of successful living books and mystery novels, vivid views of life and business

 

"Why Be A Constant Learner?" is the 28th in my 2022 series of articles based on my real life experiences, professional insights, personal views and fun stories.

My hope is that in them you find joy and inspiration.

 

 

WHY BE A CONSTANT LEARNER? 

     Learning is a natural process which starts from the moment we are born. We are all throughout life constant learners. But some learn better than others and, as we progress through life, the act of acquiring knowledge and skills becomes a much more pro-active pursuit rather than being just a natural phenomenon. So those who work at being a constant learner and who strive to always add to their learning, their knowledge and their abilities can develop an advantage over those less inclined to work on self improvement in this way. That's why it pays to be a constant learner.

     Yet learning itself is not enough in terms of being successful in life or business. Knowledge is of little value if not put to use. For those who possess the talent to teach, utilising knowledge can entail simply passing on the knowledge learned or acquired to others - and there is value in that. But not if at every turn the student simply becomes a teacher and then passes on the learning to the next student and so on and so on ad infinitum, without ever having applied the knowledge or practised the skill inherent in it. Then clearly nothing of material value is ever produced and the perpetual promotion of the knowledge is purely academic and neither practically nor financially productive.

     This, for example, is what happens with a lot of present day internet marketing. Much of it is akin to a cloud-based chain letter or a pyramid or Ponzi scheme. There is no product and no service other than the endless passing on of the same advice from one person to another, none of whom have any actual experience of doing the thing which the advice pertains too and none of whom ever put the guidance into practice! A totally futile exercise.

     On the other hand, where real knowledge gained through experience is applied in a productive way to an active endeavour or to an enterprise then true value, income and profit can be created. Plus, one who has both learned and then applied the knowledge or skill successfully will in the process have acquired actual experience in the doing of it and that will be of genuine value, theoretical and practical, when later encouraging others. And that's the only really meaningful knowledge worthy of receipt, possession of or transfer to others.

     Working at what you do, gaining experience, is in itself educational and necessary. It is wise too to accelerate and supplement your learning through ongoing professional training, courses and scholastic studies. In both cases, in doing so you may mix with and learn from your peers, those experienced in life generally and in your particular areas of speciality and enterprise.

     The pay off is that it's the surest way to make certain that you always earn, and earn well, in your chosen trade or profession. That is why it pays to be a constant learner. A constant learner is a constant earner!  

 I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal.

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How To Budget For Success

Joseph Tom Riach – Author of successful living books and mystery novels, vivid views of life and business

 

"How To Budget For Success" is the 27th in my 2022 series of articles based on my real life experiences, professional insights, personal views and fun stories.

My hope is that in them you find joy and inspiration.

 

 

HOW TO BUDGET FOR SUCCESS 

       There are many people in business who are successful at making money but not very good at holding on to it! In other words they lack the ability to control their spending. While creating income is the first requisite of becoming wealthy, you must keep hold of as much of the money that you make as possible in order to stay wealthy. In order to do that it is necessary to create and implement a budget.

     A budget is a forecast of your proposed future spending which you intend to adhere to. Simple in theory, less so in practice. Because the first requirement of good budgeting is self-discipline.

     The second requirement is that you must write down your financial plan, your budget. As with all business plans unless it is first put in writing then there is no plan. Where to start?

     First off, segment the coming financial year into months, weeks and days on your budget chart or spreadsheet. You're going to control your annual spending by reducing it to manageable smaller periods. I work on a daily basis. The next thing is to forecast how much your spending is going to be and exactly when you are going to incur it. There are two ways to calculate this.

     The first is to look at your outgoings over the past and previous years and then, working from that, calculate which expenditures will recur, increase, decrease or not occur in the coming year; what additional expenses might arise and which ones you could actually eliminate.

     The second way to calculate your spending is simply to start with a clean slate and think of every conceivable expense - and then some more - which your business could incur over the coming year. Don't forget taxation (though I'm sure you'd like to)! and include an amount for unforeseen expenses, contingencie. Remember too, one-off annual or semi-regular expenses. This should give you an absolute 'top line' for expenditures.

     I personally calculate using both methods. I compare them and arrive at a projection which is a cross between the two. Then, whatever my conclusion, my aim is always, in operation, for my actual expenditure to come in under budget. Saving money against my budgeted figure is what I strive for. At every turn, on a day to day basis, I try to under-cut my estimated expenditures or not incur them at all. When I save money in this way I am adding to my profits and to my general well-being. It's 'a win' every time.

     As well as working out what you will spend you should take into account when you will spend it. You need to know this so that, in conjunction with the revenue coming in from your sales, you can calculate your cash-flow. Cash-flow simply refers to the money coming into and going out from your operation. To maintain a healthy, positive cash-flow you want more money coming in than is going out - of course - but - You also want it coming in sooner than it goes out. Sounds simple? It is ... but don't be fooled! It's simple only if you are disciplined and make it happen.

     The golden rules are -

     * Create as much sales and income as you can - and then some more

     * Get paid as soon as possible - always before you supply your goods or services

     * Reduce expenses to a bare minimum - none at all wherever you can

     * Pay out as late as possible - and never before cash has come in

     Adhere to these rules and you and your business will be lean, mean and healthy. Sound a bit like a diet? Well it is in a way. Good budgetary management requires discipline and restraint. But that is the art of operating an effective budget. That is how to budget for success. 

 I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal.

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Life In A Material World

Joseph Tom Riach – Author of successful living books and mystery novels, vivid views of life and business

 

"Life In A Material World" is the 26th in my 2022 series of articles based on my real life experiences, professional insights, personal views and fun stories.

My hope is that in them you find joy and inspiration.

 

 

LIFE IN A MATERIAL WORLD 

     We may be spiritual beings but we live in a material world. From our physical bodies to the planet on which we tread, the creatures which inhabit it and all that grows here are tangible entities, material if you like. But to the fabric of the natural world - the rocks, woods, earth and minerals - mankind has added, through ingenuity, invention and sometimes accident, new and wonderful materials.

     Concrete, glass, textiles, metals, silicon and the myriad other human creations are the materials of our civilisation. Our materials are, to a large extent, what allows us to behave like humans. Remove them and we are liable to be quickly confronted by the same basic struggle for survival as wild animals. Our clothes, our homes, our cities and all the other stuff which we animate through our customs, language and humour are not merely a display of our technological wizardry, they are part of who we are.

     From the coffee cup to the camera, stainless steel and paper clips; from ancient technologies of fabrics and ceramics to today's self-healing metals and bionic implants - we invented them and made them. They in turn make us who we are. Don't think so? Visit a war-torn area or disaster zone!

     This fundamental importance of materials to us becomes apparent in the names we have given to the ages of civilisation – eg Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age - with each new era of human existence being brought about by a new material. Will current times be known as the Silcon Age?

     Steel was the defining material of the Victorian era; architects used sheet glass and structural steel to produce skyscrapers that invented city life as we know it; product and fashion designers adopted plastics and used them to transform our homes and dress; polymers were used to produce celluloid and bring about the cinema; aluminium and nickel super-alloys led to jet engines and worldwide cheap flight; and our bodies can be redefined by silicon, ceramics, plastics and tungsten. Yes, materials maketh the man!

     All this should not, however, distract from the reality that we are spiritual beings. Our spiritual wellbeing is far more important than the simply material. Without it we are greatly diminished as human beings. Those who pursue material wealth to the exclusion of all else are without soul. They risk never experiencing the true joys of life, only shallow and short-lived carnal pleasure.

     It pays to make spiritual wealth the bedrock of your existence. First and foremost strive to understand and follow the spiritual laws. These demand that you seek inner peace and serenity through helping others. With that belief in place and functioning, then you are well placed to explore and enjoy things material.

     This perfectly natural marriage of the spiritual with the material, allows for the creation of technology beneficial to mankind which both enhances the general wellbeing, and satisfies the inventive and innovative urges, of the species. When existing in a spiritual world while embracing the material, or living life in a material world conscious of the spiritual, everything is possible.

 I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal.

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Nothing But The Truth

Joseph Tom Riach – Author of successful living books and mystery novels, vivid views of life and business

 

"Nothing But The Truth" is the 25th in my 2022 series of articles which are based on my real life experiences, professional insights, personal views and fun stories.

My hope is that in them you find joy and inspiration.

 

 

NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH 

     I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth … “, so goes the swearing in oath of witnesses in criminal court proceedings. In most instances those giving evidence probably do relate the truth to the best of their ability and recollection. But the criminal justice system sets a high bar with regard to honesty.

     In day to day life it can be far harder to exercise scrupulous honesty in all that you say and do. That's not to say you shouldn't try to maintain an impeccable standard of integrity in your personal and business life. Being honest with yourself is mandatory. All manner of good flows from that.

     Yet truth, as it is expressed in all its forms around you, can be subject to perception, interpretation and distortion; unwitting, intentional or a confusing mix. So it's well to understand just what constitutes 'truth' in all its guises and to have a strategy as to how you confront the vagaries of its manifestation in the world.

     For most of you your primary concern regarding truth is likely to relates to facts and opinions. Particularly those expressed by family, friends, colleagues or in forums, groups, politics and the media. The critical point regarding these is to first understand that all statements of fact or opinion are provisional. With the best of intention they reflect only the current state of knowledge and experience as recognised by the individual or entity in question. In that respect, little is absolute.

     Knowledge and experience are not closed nor immutable categories. They are inherently liable to change. As an honest individual, or as an entrepreneur, you should know this and keep an open and questioning mind. One prepared to investigate options, accept different views and create alternatives.

     A prime example of conventional truth being shown to be anything but, from the grand stage of human experience, is that once upon a time, the scientific consensus was that the sun moved around the Earth and that blood did not circulate around the body. These propositions were refuted only because the orthodoxy was challenged by people once thought to be dangerous heretics. Knowledge advances by confronting contrary arguments, not by hiding them away.

     Any system for regulating the expression of opinion or the transmission of information inevitably ends up by championing the uncontroversial and privileging the conventional and the officially approved. Censorship is not good for truth. You need to hear all views. Then you can consider and determine your own truths.

     You have to accept the implications of human curiosity. Some of what people say will be mistaken. Some might be propaganda. Some of it may be malicious. But you cannot discover truth without accommodating error. It is the price that you pay for allowing knowledge and understanding to develop and human civilisation to progress. The alternative is a regression to dark, oppressive times where uniformity is demanded and enforced through fear, terror and the repression of free spirit, thought and expression.

     Facing up to truth and your right to express your thoughts and opinions without fear of intimidation is fundamental to your right to exist. Start by being honest with yourself. It can require strong will and character to do so but the pay-off is a handsome one. You sleep easy, gain in self-confidence and can earn the respect of others – even those who may disgree with your 'truths'.

     Imagine yourself as being in that court of law, being sworn in as a witness. Promise to tell yourself the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth to the best of your ability. Allow others to do likewise. Let all express their views. Then let the jury of your conscience weigh up the 'truths' and determine the outcomes.

 I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal.

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Your Greatest Personal Asset

Joseph Tom Riach – Author of successful living books and mystery novels, vivid views of life and business

 

"Your Greatest Personal Asset" is the 24th in my 2022 series of articles based on my real life experiences, professional insights, personal views and fun stories.

My hope is that in them you find joy and inspiration.

 

 

YOUR GREATEST PERSONAL ASSET 

     Most people think of assets in a material sense. They value homes, cars, cash and other investments highly. In doing so they overlook their greatest personal asset. It is none of these things mentioned, nor indeed can it be touched, nor is it visible to the naked eye.

     Any person's most valuable asset is in fact themselves – or more specifically, their mindset. Yes, your mindset is your greatest personal asset.

     With the right mindset everything is possible. With it you can indeed acquire whatever material assets you wish; all those listed above and anything else you care to name. But your mindset itself is the 'alpha' asset, the one which drives the accomplishment of all else.

     Once you understand this amazing significance of your prime asset then that in itself opens the door to understanding that there are many other intangible assets tied up in your inner self, any one of which is infinitely more valuable than mere possessions.

     One such asset is 'learning'. You should never stop learning because the world around you, both in the wider sense and the personal, is constantly changing. It's critical to know how little you know and to keep your mind nimble and sharp by working it out with new 'stuff' on a regular and ongoing basis. You'll be a better person for it. The simple fact that you recognise this and work on it will, in itself, promote your own awareness of self as well as the value that others place on you and in being with you. It's self-fulfilling. As regards your brain – use it or lose it!

     You'd be most unhappy to lose those material assets I mentioned at the outset; think how much more devastating it would be to lose a personal asset immeasurably more valuable. Your mindset matters, look after it.

     It must, of course, be the right mindset. A positive, upbeat and progressive one. The mind that is always curious, ever exploring. The kind of mind which lives in the realm of entrepreneurs. Or is it entrepreneurs who live in a positive mindset? Either way, it's an attitude where improvement is always believed in and comfort zones are shunned. It's a world of persistence, 'never-say-die', constant learning, improving and – thinking outside the box!

     Entrepreneurs, more so than any other group, are inclined towards the unconventional, the innovative and the creative. These traits are their outward manifestation of their greatest personal asset, their mindset, at work. They don't recognise conventional limits. This allows them to identify and evaluate opportunities and consider different approaches. It enables them to break free of restrictive thinking, go beyond recognised boundaries and find unique solutions.

     You may find that in reading my words, the assertions I make and the conclusions I arrive at seem remarkably straightforward. They are! And yet, it is in their simplicity that the profound depth of their significance lies. Make no mistake, once you fully grasp and implement the understanding of your greatest personal asset being that which is within you in your mindset, then your evaluation of material assets is put into perspective. Their true worthlessness is revealed.

     Your mindset thus invigourated can drive the fulfillment of any dream you can imagine. It ignites ambitions such as helping others, earning personal respect and a limitless wealth of objectives loftier by far than just acquiring material possessions. Mind you, paradoxically, a properly primed mindset makes the acquisition of worthless materials easy. They'll fall into your lap as if by magic – if you want them.

     Yes, your greatest personal asset is powerful in all ways. Guard it well. 

 I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal.

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How To Be An Entrepreneur

Joseph Tom Riach – Author of successful living books and mystery novels, vivid views of life and business

 

"How To Be An Entrepreneur" is the 23rd in my 2022 series of articles based on my real life experiences, professional insights, personal views and fun stories.

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HOW TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR 

       Mr. Carpenter was Carpenter by name and a carpenter to trade. His workshop was crammed full of coffins in various stages of preparation, all on order to the undertaker whose funeral parlour was located next door. When the undertaker passed away (yes they pop their clogs too), Mr. Carpenter bought that business.

       He also acquired the disused country manor at the end of the same street and opened it as a retirement home. For good measure he purchased for Mrs. Carpenter two nearby shop units which were converted for use as a creche and children's pre-school nursery. She in turn bought a third unit which became a book shop supplying schools, pupils, local government and employees with their text books of learning.

       All the while Mr. Carpenter continued with his local authority contract work in the renovation of old town properties into modern apartments for let to newly weds. Those couples then inevitably employed his services throughout their married lives.

     Carpenter rarely felt the need to advertise his businesses, any of them. Clientele passed from one enterprise to the next in a continuous flow as the various stages of their lives unfolded. Baby to toddler, toddler to teenager, teenager to marriage, marriage to retirement - and then beyond. Plus there were referrals.

       Mr. Carpenter had constructed the perfect business model. A veritable cradle to grave solution. One with multiple income streams and a guaranteed customer base.

      Many hugely successful entrepreneurs operate in like manner. They build up a series of 'crossover businesses'; enterprises which are inter-related, continuous and feed each other with repeat business and sales.

       I developed my own business in just such a way. 

 I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal.

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The Making Of An Entrepreneur

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"The Making Of An Entrepreneur" is the twenty-second in my 2022 series of articles based on my real life experiences, professional insights, personal views and fun stories.

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THE MAKING OF AN ENTREPRENEUR 

      My grandfather was a master baker in the city of his birth which was, at the time, the largest fishing port in Europe. As such my earliest work experience, early morning, after school and weekend jobs were in his bakery and in the fishing industry.

     The bakery was hot, an open-necked, sleeves rolled up environment where I learned to knead dough with easy-going, flour-ghosted tradesmen, bake bread and gorge myself on scorching hot Scotch pies straight from the oven! I needed them. Because from the bakery I high-tailed it on foot most mornings to the fish docks, freezing cold in the early hours of winter days, to unload trawlers, pack their cargo of wet fish in ice and deliver the bulky boxes to the fish processing houses for gutting and filleting.

     Where the atmosphere in the bakery was chirpy and cheerful, busy but sometimes subdued, the fish industry was an ever loud, vulgar, rough-and-tumble world, peopled by tough trawlermen and even tougher fishwives! The bakery taught me the skill of baking and the language of rolls, 'softies', loaves and 'fancies'. At the docks I learned how to handle, grade and cut fish and the coarse talk of the hardened souls which went with it.

     I also learned, not surprisingly, that fishworkers bought bread from the bakery and that bakers purchased fish from the fishmonger. On this realisation was my first enterprise born. It was a barter style arrangement whereby I supplied my friends at the docks with morning rolls and bakery goods and my baker colleagues with fresh fish.

     Each day the dockworkers awaited my arrival from the bakery before enjoying their early morning tea break with the hot rolls and pies I brought them. The bakers in turn relished my return from the docks with my fishy cargo before knocking off for the day and taking their fresh cod, haddock or herring home to their families for lunch.

     I now had three jobs, a foot in two industries, friends from many different backgrounds and the education and future contacts to go with them. Of course I was neither the maker of the bread nor the catcher of the fish, the prime wealth creation activities, but, as a middleman between the two, I had unwittingly become a young entrepreneur! Later in life I would create my own goods and services but for now I was earning in both real terms and, more importantly as I would discover, in experience and goodwill.

     In due course my grandfather retired and the fish industry died. But the need of the populace to be fed lives on. There is always a market for fresh food.

     And there's always a market for entrepreneurs and innovators willing to use their native wit, get their hands dirty and grind that bit harder than the rest – for those working on excellence.

     Grandad, the bakers and the fish workers all knew that. I know it too. So should you.         

 I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal.

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Getting To Where You Are Going

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"Getting To Where You Are Going" is the 21st in my 2022 series of articles based on my real life experiences, professional insights, personal views and fun stories.

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GETTING TO WHERE YOU ARE GOING 


          "I always get to where I am going by leaving behind where I have been." - JTR

       I had been standing at the bus stop for what seemed like an eternity. It wasn’t that there was any lack of busses arriving. A steady stream came and then left. All en-route to interesting, and some not so interesting, places. But none were headed for the destination which I had chosen; the location on which I had set my heart, where I dreamed of being.

     I could have hopped on to any one of those busses which did pass through. Each one provided an opportunity to move on from where I was stationed and take me to somewhere new. And just going ‘somewhere new’ was certainly tempting. My ambition, after all, was to change my current circumstance for one with different horizons; a vista which would satisfy my growing ambition and sense of adventure.

     But an opportunity is an opportunity and, with each passing bus, I was passing up on an option to pursue the change I sought. Any bus may not take me to my destination of preference but it would move me on from where I stood. That last factor was, I realised, the most important. Stagnation is self-fulfilling. So I changed tack.

     I resolved to get on to the next bus that arrived regardless of where it was going to - but with one proviso. It could not be one going back in the direction from which I had come. Notwithstanding that, I reckoned that any destination which went some way to getting me towards my ideal location was a good move; a stepping stone to my future. From there I could then repeat the strategy, progressing in stages until I arrived where I most longed to be.

     Thus decided, I looked forward with renewed enthusiasm for the next bus to arrive.

     When it did, I leaped on board. Soon I was on my way. On my way where? I knew not. It didn’t matter. Because, as I looked ahead at the unfolding view of the uncharted territory into which I was heading, I realised three things.

     The first was that my destination, wherever it might be, was a surprise and a challenge in waiting. The arrival of the bus there would be both a thrilling climax to my journey and the opening of a new and exciting chapter in my life.

     The second thing was that I determined to enjoy the journey. I sat back, relaxed and took in everything and everybody around me. Soon I was engaged with new people and their lives, hopes and experiences as well as the changing countryside around us. I was already absorbing an expanded environment. I was living the moment.

     But third and last, and most explosively, the fact hit me that the single most critical element in my day had been the moment of stepping from the sidewalk at the bus stop and on to the bus. As the bus pulled away from there with me on board, that was the point of change, my point of no return.

     The days, weeks and months of prevarication, of thinking about change but doing nothing to enforce change; the hours waiting for the arrival of the bus to my perfect location - all were blown away in that one simple act of stepping on to the bus. It was the instant I came to learn what I now know :

          Having goals (destinations) is essential to achieving outcomes

          but

         Outcomes are the result of actions

         and

         Actions must be instigated.

     The hardest actions to take are based on tough decisions. Decisions which may necessitate moving on from familiar places, situations and relationships. Leaving these behind, rather than focusing on a particular destination, is what gets things moving. It’s the moment that you ‘step on to the bus’ - any bus - that matters. After that, the rest is ‘easy’.

     I myself love new challenges. Arriving at hitherto unexplored destinations is thrilling - but - I always get to where I am going by leaving behind where I have been! Knowing that is the key to getting to where you are going. 

 I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal.

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Yes You Can!

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YES YOU CAN! 
 Joseph Tom Riach

 

CAN everyone have health and wealth?

IS wisdom confined to just a few or can it be learned?

WHY shouldn't YOU be healthy, wealthy ... and capable of making wise life choices too!

I say a big 'YES!' to all of that. And in 'Yes You Can!' I show you how.

My fun and Express Way of getting there - quickly  - is a short book – but it packs a mighty punch!

     I have written it this way to let you see quickly and easily, exactly how to take control of your life in the same way as I have done – but without the time and effort I expended. This is my express guide to happiness and wealth.

     My 15 simple MASTER MOVES are guaranteed to enrich your life in every way imagineable - starting today!

    Simple and fun, apply them now. Health, wealth and wisdom beyond your wildest dreams are yours for the asking. But be sure to ask!

    Ask now by reading my book! I have proved my MASTER MOVES work. Now you can too. In no time at all you’ll be on your way. But … a word of warning. Once you start to follow my lead, the process is unstoppable!

     With my favourite cocktail of real life experience, professional insights, personal views and fun stories, I guide you through -

     * 5 MASTER MOVES to have you take command of all situations and be the most charismatic person in the room.

       * 5 MASTER MOVES to have you start to make money and create future wealth as easily as any entrepreneur or financial genius.

          * 5 MASTER MOVES to bless you with a cool head and crafty decision making while enjoying a relaxed and fun time too.

   Everything you need in fact to change your life for the better – but quickly. My express way to success is the guide I long wanted to write. It's the expressway to wealth and fulfillment that you have long dreamt of reading! 

 I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal.

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Yes You Can!

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YES YOU CAN! 
 Joseph Tom Riach

 

CAN everyone have health and wealth?

IS wisdom confined to just a few or can it be learned?

WHY shouldn't YOU be healthy, wealthy ... and capable of making wise life choices too!

I say a big 'YES!' to all of that. And in 'Yes You Can!' I show you how.

My fun and Express Way of getting there - quickly  - is a short book – but it packs a mighty punch!

     I have written it this way to let you see quickly and easily, exactly how to take control of your life in the same way as I have done – but without the time and effort I expended. This is my express guide to happiness and wealth.

     My 15 simple MASTER MOVES are guaranteed to enrich your life in every way imagineable - starting today!

    Simple and fun, apply them now. Health, wealth and wisdom beyond your wildest dreams are yours for the asking. But be sure to ask!

    Ask now by reading my book! I have proved my MASTER MOVES work. Now you can too. In no time at all you’ll be on your way. But … a word of warning. Once you start to follow my lead, the process is unstoppable!

     With my favourite cocktail of real life experience, professional insights, personal views and fun stories, I guide you through -

     * 5 MASTER MOVES to have you take command of all situations and be the most charismatic person in the room.

       * 5 MASTER MOVES to have you start to make money and create future wealth as easily as any entrepreneur or financial genius.

          * 5 MASTER MOVES to bless you with a cool head and crafty decision making while enjoying a relaxed and fun time too.

   Everything you need in fact to change your life for the better – but quickly. My express way to success is the guide I long wanted to write. It's the expressway to wealth and fulfillment that you have long dreamt of reading! 

 I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal.

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Because I Feel Like It!

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BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IT! 
 Joseph Tom Riach

 

DOES everyone have independent thoughts?

ARE some people more independence minded than others?

IS there a secret to knowing your own mind and standing up for your rights and beliefs?

I say - 'YES', 'YES' and 'YES'!

MY EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF LIFE AS 'JUST AN ORDINARY GUY' WHO HAS PROFITED FROM A LIFETIME OF BEING MY OWN MAN DESCRIBES HOW IT'S DONE WITH SIMPLE AND QUICK WAYS TO PRACTICALLY TRANSFORM YOURSELF FROM BEING ONE OF THE CROWD INTO AN INDEPENDENTLY ASSERTIVE HERO BOSSING YOUR OWN THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS.


Why did I write this book? Why should you read it?


As an entrepreneur I have lived a lifetime of independent self-determination, of making my own way in the world, of being my own boss. I live a life free of intellectual or physical interference, propaganda and mindless chatter. Very few possess similar experience.

Because I Feel Like It!’ is my account of how I tackle the challenge of being self-reliant, of being determinedly independent in thought and action. With professional insights, personal views and fun stories, I show how my observations, real life experiences and conclusions will help you to do likewise.

Whether you are already an independent thinker, aspire to become one or if you are simply curious about what makes people of an independent mindset tick, then his story will at least fascinate you and at best drive you to be the independent power of your dreams. The sort of person others look up to and respect.

Be prepared for surprises. My promptings are not what you might expect. Then again, thinking beyond the confines of conventional wisdom is the very essence of an independent mind at work!

 I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal. 

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Simple Is Best, Simple Works!

Joseph Tom Riach – Author of successful living books and mystery novels, vivid views of life and business"Simple Is Best, Simple Works!" is the 20th in my 2022 series of articles based on my real life events, professional insights, personal views and fun stories. My hope is that in them you find joy and inspiration.

SIMPLE IS BEST, SIMPLE WORKS! 
by Joseph Tom Riach

     Much is spoken of and written about investing and investments. What is good, what is bad? What is right, what is wrong? Stocks and shares, commodities, currencies, bonds, futures, gold, property, hard assets, cash? The list is endless, the possibilities too.

     What is best for one person is worst for another. The right time for one, is the wrong time for others. The amount invested can be too big or too little. The objectives differ … and so on and so on. The fact is that with so many variables there isn't a 'one size fits all or in all situations' solution for investors looking to protect or grow their wealth.

     Or is there?

     While working as a financial consultant and business advisor I came up against these investment market questions, variables and situations on a daily basis. Analysis of clients' situations led to constantly changing, ever more complex and confusing (to both clients and myself)! recommendations. I longed for a simpler approach; a way to easily serve and satisfy my clients and reduce my burden too.

     At that same time I was also employed as a creative solutions specialist by both corporate and private clients in commerce and industry. This work involves devising approaches to situations within enterprises which overcome difficulties and/or improve any general or specific aspects of the businesses. Success in this sector led me to thinking that, if I could come up with novel ways of resolving difficulties for these clients, could I not perhaps find an answer to the 'one size fits all' conundrum of myself and my investment clients? I put my mind to work on that puzzle.

     At first it seemed that I had set myself an impossible task. The financial markets are awash with possibilities and it occurred to me that the investment industry in general has little interest anyway in promoting one simple, universal solution. The big money for them lies in complex financial instruments and their own self-interest solutions.

     So, in order to arrive at my conclusion, I started with three basic premises.

     Onethe plan had to be simple.

     Twothe plan had to be wholly effective.

     Threethe plan had to be suitable for everyone.

     From there I went back to absolute basics. I knew that in the creation of solutions, the answer lies always in the question. It is necessary of course to ask the right question. I decided on two -

     What does every single person on the planet need and will always buy into?

     … and …

     What is the most fundamental example of investing in that way?

     I came up with answer one – Food!

     And answer two?

     I reckoned that not many would wish to get their hands dirty directly involved in agriculture, livestock breeding or foodstuff manufacturing but they could invest in companies that did! I realised that by targeting reputable companies in the food and related sectors, buying their shares and holding them long term, my investors, whatever their objectives, could achieve their goals.

     The fact is that the best quality, 'blue chip', high dividend yield stocks of top companies provide a remarkably safe haven, long term growth and regular income. All an investor must do is buy their shares and hold them. No trading or fancy dealing. As such, a portfolio of them can satisfy anyone's investment criteria – from short term income to long term retirement planning and all requirements in between.

     I had found my 'one size fits all or in all situations' solution for investors looking to protect or grow their wealth in a simple, sound way! So simple in fact that it had been staring me in the face all along. I had been just to darned clever to see it.

     But when I saw how easy the strategy was to employ, how effective and efficient it was for all investors in all circumstances, how my reputation was enhanced, my responsibility reduced and my income increased, it cemented my belief that - in all areas of life and business - Simple Is Best, Simple Works!

 I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal. 

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How To Close A Deal

Joseph Tom Riach – Author of successful living books and mystery novels, vivid views of life and business"How To Close A Deal" is the nineteenth in my 2022 series of articles based on my real life experiences, professional insights, personal views and fun stories. My hope is that in them you find joy and inspiration.

HOW TO CLOSE A DEAL 
by Joseph Tom Riach

     The six in the morning glint in farmer Sandy Duncan's eye was induced little by the watery, winter sun rising over the Grampian hills but much by the mischief occupying his mind. Thumbs entrenched in classic rural manner around the bib of his mucky dungarees and chewing on unlit clay pipe, he was leaning by the gate of his 'bottom field'; that rough tangle of gorse and weed farthest from the farmhouse, lowest down by the stream and a veritable bog of sodden misery lieing in wait for the unwary.

     He turned his eye to the mud, gravel and pot-hole mosaic of track lurching upward from his lolling point and scanned narrow-eyed for his prey. A thin smile glanced his lips. His intended victim was to be yet another 'pretentious, pinstripe-suited, city slicker' lured at unholy hour to this ungodly spot by Sandy's vague insinuation of 'lucrative business to be had', only to be waylayed in the stinking myre of Sandy's midden and sent empty-handed on his way, a muddied and humiliated mess.

     But as Sandy caught sight of the old and battered Land Rover weaving its way along the lane towards him, his eye-brows furrowed, the image of his perfect ambush wilted somewhat and his pipe sagged in his lips. What was this?

     I pulled the Land Rover to a halt with a squelch and not unimpressive slither, smack in front of Sandy, threw open the door and jumped out. He was crestfallen to see that I wore knee-high wellington boots, denim jeans and a tatty Barbour jacket. Before he could say a word I fearlessly grabbed his sharn-spattered hand, shook it vigourously and proclaimed, “Good morning Mr.Duncan, this is quite some place you've got here. I'm told you have the finest beasts (cattle) in the glen. Can we go see them now?!” A canny pause while he scrutinized me thoughtfully, then a drawn out, “Aye, we can that.”

     Twenty minutes and a soggy sludge through the fields later we were close up and personal with his prize herd in the byre (cow-shed) and he was introducing me enthusiastically and in detail to each and every one of them. Bang! - Deal closed! Yet not a word of any potential business of any kind has been mentioned or discussed. We have only just met.

     The rest of the day passed with Sandy proudly showing me around the entire farm and concluded seated by the massive open range fire in the kitchen, his wife Janet prodding me with queries of my life and treating me to her freshly baked scones; my genuine and enthusiastic approval of which dealt conclusively with any possibility of opposition to any business proposal from that quarter.

     The next time I visited Sandy, he and his wife welcomed me glowingly at the door of their farmhouse. The day passed with heaped servings of Mrs.Duncan's hot girdle scones, mugs of farmyard tea and hilarious tales of city business executives whose pride, sanity and Armani suits Sandy had gleefully sabotaged during early morning rendez-vous in his bottom field.

     Only as I was leaving did Sandy ask for the first time about 'business'. We exchanged a few words, agreed a course of action and shook hands.

     And that … is how to close a deal.

 I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal. 

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A Recipe For Success

Joseph Tom Riach – Author of successful living books and mystery novels, vivid views of life and business"A Recipe For Success" is the eighteenth in my 2022 series of articles based on my real life experiences, professional insights, personal views and fun stories. My hope is that in them you find joy and inspiration.

A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS 
by Joseph Tom Riach

     If you're anything like me you'll have had your share of setbacks in life. Disappointments too. No sweat, it's par for the course. You're most likely well aware that it's not the difficulties you encounter along the way that matter, it's how you deal with them. Crying over spilt milk gets you nowhere – finding a new supply is the answer. And finding new ways to confront events and situations is indeed a recipe for doing well in life.

     In that word 'recipe' lies my approach to living life in a happy frame of mind. A recipe of course implies a formula to be repeated; a process to run with over and over again. So with me. But while my recipe is consistant in concept, what goes into the mix varies with circumstance. I try quite deliberately to find novel approaches to each situation facing me. In this way I'm unpredictable to others but alert and keen within myself. I know that giving my imagination free rein can lead to magical outcomes.

     How do I go about igniting my innovative flame? How do I get myself into the inventive frame of mind required? This is where my magic recipe for sucess comes into play. The formula which I employ is actually remarkably simple but may be the opposite of what you expect.

     My strategy is not to immerse myself in addressing the point at issue, searching for ways to overcome it. No, rather I remove myself from the situation and forget about it altogether! I take myself away completely, both physically and mentally. Sounds contrary perhaps? How do you resolve things by ignoring them? But it works like a charm.

     My favoured course is to escape to the mountains. There I wander and absorb the clear air, nature and tranquility. Note the word 'wander'. Therein lies my second 'secret'. I don't set an agenda such as scaling a certain peak, reaching a specific destination or doing so within a particular time. Neither do I put my mind to work on a concentrated task. I simply wander and let the day take me where it will. In this way I am totally relaxed and become completely detached from all else save the wondrous beauty abundant around me. In this almost trance-like state my spirit soars and my imagination breaks free. Unshackled from the impediment of circumstances which create difficulty, the solutions float in to view in their own good time and with easy clarity.

     So, my recipe to dealing with setbacks and difficulties is -

          Withdraw from the situation

          Wander, don't strain

          Wait!

     Not only does my approach provide great results, it's easy and stress-free too. It enhances general well-being. There's also a wonderful bonus, magical in fact! It is this -

     Once you establish this strategy as your default system in meeting the demands of day-to-day life and the situations thrown up by it, disagreeable occurrences requiring of your attention arise less frequently. In fact bad stuff can diminish to the point of almost disappearing completely.

     Conversely, you're likely to experience a substantial uptick in pleasant situations occuring; circumstances which are positive and fun to confront. And how do you face these happy dilemmas? By following my same recipe as for troublesome ones of course. Withdraw, wander, wait. It's a magic recipe for success - in all scenarios! 

 I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal. 

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A Test Of Sanity

Joseph Tom Riach – Author of successful living books and mystery novels, vivid views of life and business”A Test Of Sanity" is the 17th in my 2022 series of articles based on my real life experiences, professional insights, personal views and fun stories. My hope is that in them you find joy and inspiration.

A TEST OF SANITY 
by Joseph Tom Riach

     My lack of employment was getting me down. In fact it was driving me mad. Each day out of work had become a test of sanity for me. But every cloud has a silver lining. There's always tomorrow ...

     Smartly dressed, hair combed, tie straight and in good time, I arrived for the job interview. The receptionist politely informed me that the first part of the appraisal process would comprise of a spatial ability psychometric test. I failed immediately by being totally clueless as to what the heck she was talking about!

     I was soon enlightened. She showed me into a tiny room in which there was only a small table and chair. On the table was a board with nine different shaped holes. Beside the board there were nine different shaped blocks. There was also a pack of twenty cigarettes, a box of matches and an ash-tray.

     The examiner arrived and told me that I had thirty minutes in which to place the nine different shaped blocks into the appropriate holes on the board. He blurted, “Your time starts now!” and dashed from the room. I sat down, picked up each of the blocks in turn and placed them into their matching holes on the board. Task completed. I sat back to wait out the remaining twenty-nine minutes and forty-five seconds.

     With nothing else to do, and although a non-smoker, I opened the pack of cigarettes, just out of curiosity. I withdrew one cigarette and again, just to pass the time, lit it up. It seemed like as good a time as any to try out smoking. I coughed and spluttered my way through the weed and stubbed out the butt in the ash-tray.

     Then I took all the shapes out of their holes … then put them back in again. Time was dragging so I lit up a second cigarette, smoked it, then stubbed it out in the ash-tray beside the remains of the first one. Then I repeated the pegs in/pegs out process and had another fag. I went through the routine over and over until I had taken the pegs in and out of their holes several dozen times and smoked all but one of the cigarettes. A thick fog filled the room.

     Eventually I drew on the last cigarette, took all of the pegs out of their holes and had just replaced the first of them into its space when the door of the room burst open.

     “Stop!” commanded the examiner. He looked at the board with just one peg in its hole, then to the ash-tray with its glut of discarded butts. He waved a hand at the choking smog, looked with pity at my grey face, open tie and decidedly disheviled appearance. With a wry smile he gloated, “Yes, it's a hell of a test!”

     Some time later he returned to the canteen where I was recovering over a much needed cup of tea. “Good news,” he announced, “One peg out of nine is 11.11%. The pass mark for the psychometric test is 10%. Congratulations.”

     “Fabulous,” I lied, as relieved as I was baffled. “So I have the job. When do I start?”

     “Oh, you haven't got the job. No way. The position is only open to non-smokers!”

     I stifled a scream into the sleeve of my jacket … then raced for the nearest pub.

     Consoling myself over a large whisky, and then another, I reasoned that being unemployed was maybe not so bad after all. Failing a test of sanity at least left me free to indulge my madness in my own time. What's that I said about every (smoke) cloud and silver linings?

 I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal. 

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The Trouble With Experts

Joseph Tom Riach – Author of successful living books and mystery novels, vivid views of life and business"The Trouble With Experts” is the 16th in my 2022 series of articles based on my real life experiences, professional insights, personal views and fun stories. My hope is that in them you find joy and inspiration.

THE TROUBLE WITH EXPERTS 
by Joseph Tom Riach

     The trouble with experts is that they are most often anything but expert!

     By example, I have benefitted from numerous commercial contracts where my input as an outside consultant should never have been needed had the inhouse executives been even remotely up to their jobs. So while I'm grateful for their incompetence, I'm certainly no fan of experts. I particularly dislike even to hear the word. The more so when it's used by someone to describe themselves! But even when attributed by one person to another, I seriously distrust the term.

     As a natural sceptic, my life experience has tended only to reinforce and validate my lack of faith in their ill-perceived wisdom. Their prognostications are often a masterclass in predictive ineptitude. Those anointed as 'experts' by the political and media class are no more accurate (or honest) in presenting views and forecasting long-term trends than the average man or woman in the street. The fact is that, while proficiency in a particular discipline may enhance the capacity of the specialist to explain the past, it can offer precious little guidance to the future.

     With this cautionary principle in mind, I find it advisable to remain circumspect in offering guidance to others. Even as one who has practiced my calling for decades and am familiar with the concepts and strategies of my subject. I may be a veteran of life and entrepreneurial adventures and have travelled the roads of victory and defeat extensively, but I still find it wise to avoid being labeled an expert. I do however, acknowledge the term 'specialist'.

     As such, my primary point of departure is to confess how little I know. I can make well educated guesses, of course, but cannot be one hundred percent sure of anything. I simply endeavour to apply my experience and success in life to simplify what others see as, or construct as, complex. My goal, your goal, is to seek more understanding. No more, no less. This can only be achieved through independent analysis and simple thinking.

     The lives of many are, at the best of times, theatres of confusion marked by a profusion of inaccuracies and propaganda. There is little clarity. The blizzard of social media commentary is especially distorting. 'Transgressors' are ridiculed, threatened and cancelled when their views cut against the grain of a plot line with a favoured political hue and a distorted narrative of right and wrong. Independent thinking outside the box, working things out for yourself, is neither encouraged nor rewarded. You must follow the 'experts' (the so-called 'science' too) or be damned.

     So, exercising an independent mindset takes courage! It also takes dilligence and research – lots of it. Don't rely on outside 'experts'. Work to be your own specialist. Find sources of opposing views. That way you can size up the respective arguments as well as compare what they state as facts. By the way, don't trust any fact-checkers; none of them. They themselves are corrupt and biased. Look for good independent sources of information; those with integrity and not beholden financially to any third party, individual or entity of any description. Rare, but they do exist.

     For those of you prepared to sacrifice popularity, follow your own instincts, let your imagination flourish and arrive at conclusions which often run contrary to conventional wisdom, the payback is monumental. Yes, defying the mainstream, the herd and the 'experts' is seriously rewarding. The reward is called intellectual independence. You don't need any expert to tell you that!

 I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal. 

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The Mother Of Invention

Joseph Tom Riach – Author of successful living books and mystery novels, vivid views of life and business"The Mother Of Invention” is the fifteenth in my 2022 series of articles based on my real life experiences, professional insights, personal views and fun stories. My hope is that in them you find joy and inspiration.

THE MOTHER OF INVENTION 
by Joseph Tom Riach

     Two questions.

     What factor is it which, more than any other, will drive you to create imaginative solutions to situations in your life or business which may be holding you back from realising your full potential?

     and ...

     Who is the mother of Invention? Read on ...

     Invention lived with his mother and father in the small town of Cutting Edge in Brainchild County. With little money to spend on necessities, let alone luxury items, his dad was a jack of all trades. He hand-crafted from wood all the furniture in their log cabin home which he had himself built. Every repair around the house and outwith it he carried out too. Invention often assisted. He soon acquired his dad's skills.

     While dad was the creative labour, it was Invention's mother who was the inspiration and driving force of the family. Strong-willed and determined it was she who saw to it that things got done. Her verve and vitality extended to her parenting. She was a strict, but fair, disciplinarian to young Invention.

     His mother saw to it that to him fell the tasks of cleaning around the house, keeping the yard tidy and running errands. Willing as he was in carrying out his regular chores, Invention was also an imaginative lad and constantly seeking ways to streamline his activities. He reckoned that saving time and labour with an inventive approach provided more time for indulging his typical boyhood pursuits of playing football, going fishing and chasing girls. But it didn't work out that way.

     For whenever Invention imaginatively reduced his workload and the time spent on it, his mother found more tasks – chopping wood, painting, creating a vegetable garden – to fill the time. It was for Invention a never-ending treadmill of finding solutions to save on his time and effort only for the time saved to be intruded on by new work to attend to!

     But Invention was not to be defeated. To this wider logistical difficulty of more work being added to his load each time he introduced a labour-saving solution, he also applied his imagination. His solution was a simple one. To recruit skilled assistance.

     “If I can multiply myself,” he reckoned, “Then I can multiply exponentially the work I can undertake.”

     He also concluded that by industrialising his activities and organising them in a production line fashion of logical sequences, there'd be no double tracking or repeat handling. He also formulated new technologies with the help of his gang of best friends with whom he hung out in his depressingly rare spare time. These lads were like-minded boys with vivid imaginations and determinedly mischievous.

     There was Jimmy Watt who spent his days at home in the kitchen, regularly fascinated by the power of the steam rising from the boiling pan of water and lifting the heavy lid of the pan with it. Georgie Carver was a gardening whizz kid, constantly experimenting with crops and yields. Tommy Edison liked tinkering with electricity and creating light from it. Alex Bell messed about a lot with tin cans and lengths of string through which he claimed it was possible to communicate. Henry Ford knocked together the best soap box carts anywhere in the county and Jimmy Spangler had a suction device which picked up bits of paper as if by magic. He called it a hoover.

     In no time at all Invention and his crew had turned the running, repair and maintenance of Invention's house and garden, then their own homes too, into industrial style operations of amazing efficiency. Steam power drove machines; crops of peanuts, soy and sweet potatoes thrived; electric lighting extended working hours; instant communication eradicated message carrying and speedy motor transport was available too. So effective were their solutions, the lads even had time to play football, go fishing and chase girls. Not only were they delighted, their families were too.

     None more so than Invention's mother. She was as pleased as punch and proud too with what Invention achieved. On Invention's part, he was smart enough to realise that without his mother, all that he and his mates had achieved would not have been possible. It was her drive, determination and discipline which led Invention to finding the solutions to the situations which she insisted he attend to.

     So all of these innovations came about as a result of Invention's strict parenting. All resulted from his mum's relentless urging. And who was his mother? What was her name? It was 'Necessity' of course. Yes, Necessity was the mother of Invention!

  I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal. 

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