John Hotowka

John Hotowka is a business speaker, humorist and magician who has first-hand experience of the highs and lows associated with running a business. He started his solo career in 1989 and built a very successful business. In 2002 he suffered a crisis in confidence.

He studied high achievers, Neuroscience, and read through a lorry-load of personal development material. He also gained extensive industry knowledge and insight working with numerous blue chip organisations and small businesses.

After distilling his findings he developed his ‘Achievement Thinking’ methodology which he used to rebuild his life and career, piece by piece.

He now teaches ‘Achievement Thinking’ to countless corporate and smaller business clients each year, equipping his audiences with the tools they need to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

My inspiring life lessons: 1) Learn from yesterday, prepare for tomorrow, do what you can today. 2) If something you don’t like happens, it’ll pass. If something you do like happens, it’ll pass. Life doesn’t love or hate you, things just happen, it’s not personal. Live with it, move on. 3) Know the difference between helpful and unhelpful fear and act accordingly. An example of helpful fear is when an animal such as a rabid dog threatens to attack you; run away. An example of unhelpful fear is being afraid of rejection such as asking someone out on a date or for help; in those cases face the fear and… GET ON WITH IT!!! 4) Be kinder than necessary to all you meet, because EVERYONE is fighting some kind of battle. 5) It’s OK to say no. NEVER feel guilty saying no. 6) Celebrate your achievements, no matter how small, often. No need to have a big party, although there’s nothing wrong with that. At the very least give yourself a pat on the back. 7) Laugh and smile as often as you can, even when you have nothing to laugh or smile about. Joy, gratitude and pride help create a positive focus. 8) If you can’t help someone you’d like to help, don’t feel guilty. Also, if you ask for help from someone and they refuse, don’t take it personally. 9) Accept yourself for who you are warts and all. Don’t dwell on your flaws just be your own best friend. If you do something wrong or make a mistake don’t beat yourself up instead pick yourself up, focus on what you can do and encourage yourself to carry on. 10) Respect the beliefs of others who’s to say you or they are right or wrong.

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