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The Elephant and the Twig

The Elephant and the Twig [Kindle Edition]

Geoff Thompson
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Have you ever heard the story of The Elephant and The Twig? In India they train obedience in young elephants (to stop them from escaping) by tying them to a huge immovable object, like a tree, when they are still very young. The tree is so large that no matter how hard the baby elephant pulls and tugs it cannot break free. This develops what is known as ‘learned helplessness’ in the creature. After trying so hard and for so long to break the hold, only to be thwarted time and again, it eventually believes that, no matter what it does, it cannot escape. Ultimately, as a fully-grown adult weighing several tons, they can tie it to a twig and it won’t escape, in fact it won’t even try.

Do you ever feel like this? That you are tied to an immovable object and can’t break free? That you couldn’t possibly give that presentation at work, that you would never be able to go it alone in business, or that you have to remain stuck in a social and lifestyle rut as there is no other alternative? Rubbish! This book shows you that, when it comes down to it, what ties you and prevents you from realising your potential is only a ‘twig’. Geoff Thompson, renowned martial artist and author of Watch My Back, guides you through the process of breaking the negative thinking that binds us all and helps you to take the plunge and properly take on life.

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  • Language: English
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Until the age of thirty Geoff Thompson had worked through a plethora of menial jobs, from glass collector to floor sweeper; he even spent a decade working as a nightclub bouncer.

Convinced that there must be more to life than this, Geoff decided to become a martial arts instructor (polled as the number one self defence instructor in the world by Black Belt magazine USA) then followed this by living out his dream of becoming a writer.

He is now the author of thirty-four books published in 15 languages, five multi-award-winning films (one BAFTA nominated, one BAFTA winning), three stage plays and hundreds of published articles.

Geoff's autobiography, Watch My Back, has been adapted into a major motion picture, Clubbed.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This book has changed my life! 8 Nov 2011
By Gempeg
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This book has seriously changed my life and the way I think. Being in my early 40s and not knowing where I wanted my life to go after working as a Graphic Designer for 15 years, I had an idea about becoming a teacher. But I did have negative feelings holding me back. Indeed, I always have had since I was a kid, despite being a talented footballer in the past and a natural illustrator, it's always been the way. But reading this book has really made me want to iron out all the negatives and fears about life and take life by the horns. It truly is an excellent book and I find reading it such a positive experience that you seem to be driven on to reading chapter after chapter, almost carried along by the nature its content. I now no longer think 'I'd like to be a teacher...' but 'I am going to be a teacher!' and nothing will stand in my way! I cannot believe how much this book has inspired me to live life to the full and wipe away all negative thoughts or turn them into positives. I cannot recommend it enough!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't I think that? 21 Oct 2013
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I love Geoff Thompson's work. Every time I am struggling with my own black dog I seem to find answers to questions I hadn't even got to, let alone the solutions!

Mr Thompson has the ability to take the thoughts of philosophers, business moguls and inspirational humans and turn them into accessible and relevant teachings.

Inspirational work by an inspirational man.
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A book impossible to read while internally grumbling/moaning or feeling sorry for yourself!
And for that this book is getting top marks! I read this book on a retreat in a Catholic monastery: not that that is necessary!! But it really spoke to me: I love the author's pleasant, yet direct challenge to us to discover our goals- and realise them. His conversational style is very pleasant: even more so if you know something about the guy (listen to his podcasts on [...] for that) This book is circulating around my family and getting us up off the sofa and into a more positive- get up and go-winner mentality.
The book is full of excellent illustrations and examples both from the world's wisdom texts but even more powerfully from Geoff's own rich life. If you want to up your game and be inspired positively then give this book a go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Destined to become a classic standing next to books by the likes of Napoleon Hill and Dale Carnegie! 24 April 2012
By N. Engelen - Published on
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The Elephant and the twig By Geoff Thompson
When this book came out in 2000 the author, Geoff, was mostly known for his books and videos on self-defence, the knowledge he acquired during a nine years long career on the doors of Coventry's nightclubs. Then having a closer look, the book `Watch my back' is an inspirational story about a young man who has been bullied by life who confronts his fears one by one until he has to confront his biggest fear of violent confrontation. The adventures he experienced inspired him to write his first book which he got published after the script being turned by publishers many times and the belief that people like us don't write books having stomped into him. Having been trained by life like a flea for a flea circus, which is done by placing a glass plate above them which they don't see but feel when jumping too high, he could have chosen to accept what other people told him was his lot. However knowing there was more out there, he broke away from the proverbial twig to become a world famous martial artist, self-defence expert, author, filmmaker, etc... This book tells about how he did it and how you can too.
After receiving and unpacking the book the first thing that got my attention was the cover with its beautiful cartoon art. Flicking through its pages I saw many more nice cartoons, depicting something from the current chapter. Coincidently the foreword was done by the cartoonist. Going back to the front I found a famous as well as inspiring quote by Lawrence of Arabia which sparked my curiosity and spurred me on to start reading the book. The introduction starts off with a metaphor, which like the metaphor contained in the title inspires people to absorb the information in the following chapters. There are 14 chapters, each containing an inspiring lesson. What I liked about the book is how Geoff makes the information easy to read, simple to understand and how he inspires to take action and break away from the metaphorical twig. It's easy to read the book from cover to cover in one go but the short easy to read chapters can be read separately during any kind of short break as well. This allows its message to sink in and you can contemplate about it throughout the rest of the day. Containing a chapter devoted to reading as well as many classics as well as inspiring people being mentioned throughout its pages this book inspires to read and research. This book is one of my favourites.
The 14 chapters with its timeless and universal wisdom are like nuggets of pure gold. This book is destined to become a classic standing next to books by the likes of Napoleon Hill and Dale Carnegie!
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