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Shrewd, inspiring and practical blueprint

"A shrewd, inspiring and practical blueprint for anyone determined to find greater and deeper satisfactions in life."

Alec Wilkinson, The New Yorker.

Slide review 1

Best thing I ever bought

"Every time I feel doubt or negativity I read this book. The first time I read it I was just bored in work & picked it up to read, and am I thankful that I did. It's changed my life for the better and I tell everyone about this book."

KAYL, Amazon reviewer

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An inspiration!

"If, like me, you're cynical about books by so-called motivational speakers, then you might approach this book with some suspicion - I certainly did. Within one chapter, all such doubts are dispelled and this book really does make you focus on what you can achieve."

Geoffrey Barnes, Amazon reviewer

About The Book

Taming Tigers (Random House/Virgin)

Voted 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Everybody has a Tiger: the evolutionary survival instinct that makes humans wary of uncertainty, change and risk.

But without facing that uncertainty, change and risk we lose our growth and progress we are unable to write our unique and powerful story.

In Taming Tigers, Jim Lawless introduces the reader to their Tiger and explains ten practical Rules for recognizing and overcoming this universal human experience. 

The Ten Rules are tried and tested - and not only by high performing individuals and companies around the world. The author tested the principles himself by becoming a Jockey in 12 months and taking the British freediving record, becoming the first Briton to dive deeper than 101m on a breath.

Jim’s experiences in testing the Rules himself are woven through his explanation of the Rules – as are case studies from people who, after following the ten rules, have changed their lives or their company. From the CEO who turned Northern Rock around to a courageous front line nurse and a US Naval Officer. 

Ten Rules

Ten practical and powerful rules, proven in many businesses and in the author's own horse racing and free diving experiments.

Chapter 1

Seven thirty on a June morning in 1998. Bang on time, Richard walked into the office. I was sitting, invisible to anybody else, in my partitioned ‘pod’ in the large open-plan office of the IT multinational where I was employed as an international legal counsel. Richard gave an audible groan and said to the apparently empty office: ‘Oh well, only four years, two months, three weeks and two days to go.’ I stopped working on the contract and did a quick calculation. I had thirty-four years, five months and a few days to go – if I could afford to retire at sixty-five, that is.

The office complex where I worked in unfashionable Slough, to the west of London, was good for the motorways and Heathrow airport but little else. Slough did me a life-changing favour, though. My desk was by a window on the ground floor, next to a side street. Somewhere nearby was a funeral parlour. Every morning as I started work the hearses would come past me bearing their loads. Every lunchtime they would return empty. This, along with my calculation that I had nearly thirty-five years of my sentence still to run, got me thinking: ‘What if this is as good as it gets?’ 

Read the whole 1st chapter