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Number two: Kill negative people (not literally)
“Allow them nowhere near you. These are alien people. They are the people you meet in a pub; you had a good idea when you drank the froth at the top, by the time you got to the bottom you realise that people like you weren’t meant to have ideas like that.
“If you can persuade four other people to believe in something as passionately as you do it will almost certainly happen. The electricity that comes from getting a few people together that believe in something is unstoppable. If you have a great idea, and people realise you are not going to go away, eventually they will pay you a large amount of money to do so. It’s never failed me ever.”
Number three: Accept every third invitation
“I accept every third invitation ever. It is not that I don’t accept the first, but I accept the third. I’ll tell you why. The reason I accept the third invitation is because stupid people think that life is about meeting the people you need to meet. It's not. Magic is created by meeting the people you didn’t know you needed to meet. There’s a big difference. Every single life-changing event I have had has been caused by accepting the third invitation.
“I can give you an example. In 1998 I was invited to go and talk in a Nissen Hut in Taunton. I went in and there was only fifty people and a dog and I knew there would only be fifty people and a dog and it was great. I got home and my PA said, ‘You’re an effing idiot’ (she gets away with that), ‘you’ve got to be in London tonight.’
“Three months later I’m in Plymouth; it’s a meeting of all the European commissioners deciding whether or not we would get money. It was a disaster - we were going to get nothing. And this guy from Somerset County Council gets up and says, “Three months ago I was in a Nissen Hut in Taunton and I saw this man speak. He’s obviously got the wider west country in his view than just Cornwall and we’ve been speaking amongst ourselves and we’re prepared to drop two of our projects if others will do the same.
“That one trip to Taunton was worth £12.7 million.”
Tim’s rejection of advice from his PA is nearly on par with his dislike of the current vacuous media mood. He gets provocative. “When was it you last thought about something? How many of the views you have are the clothes you borrowed from your friends because you’re too lazy to have a view for yourself? I find it really interesting. I gave a card out at Eden Rock Fest which said ‘What do you have strong feelings about that you know nothing about?’”
His final piece of advice is delivered with a thespian-esque dramatic pause. “Buy into a movement whereby you promise yourself that that wonderful thing you have between your ears, you’re going to give it some treats.
“Take it on a journey to places it hasn’t been!”