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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Madness or the Art of Thinking Big?

(These people want change. PJR)

You are the president of a small nation with a population half the number of the city of Chicago’s. You engaged your nation in a war with Russia, which was lost in 5 days. The only thing keeping the country economically alive is the billions of dollars western countries donated before the great global economic depression. Thousands of people want your resignation and have blocked traffic on two major streets in the capital and threaten to block the country’s major highway too. What do you do?

If you are Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, then you go to your Black Sea city of Batumi and announce the construction of “Europe’s best opera house.”

This poor nation. On one hand you have a bunch of knuckleheads paralyzing local Tbilisi businesses for their own personal political ambitions and on the other, you have the president telling the people of Adjara an opera house will improve their living conditions.

“Not only we will construct an opera house here, but we will also spare no effort against unemployment and against poverty here on Georgia’s Black sea coast – in Batumi, Poti, Kobuleti, in mountainous Adjara, in Guria and Samegrelo and of course on the next stage in Abkhazia too,” Saakashvili said, as reported in

Abkhazia? Either Misha has lost all sense of reality or he has read The Magic of Thinking Big, by Dr. David J. Schwartz. In this highly rated motivation masterpiece, the reader learns among other things “how to turn defeat into victory” and “how to think and dream creatively.”

Misha demonstrated his acquaintance with these chapters when he said “We will turn Batumi (into) the most bountiful city on the entire Black Sea coast… If today Adjara is hosting 200,000 tourists [annually], exactly in two years the figure will grow to 1.5 million and in five years – from 4 to 6 millions.” (

The first step to being a winner is to believe you can succeed, and you will. This is achieved by looking in the mirror each morning and saying, “I am beautiful. I am smart. I am a success.” Subsequent steps lead to the cure of the fear of failure and how to make your attitudes your allies.

You must think like a leader, Dr. Schwartz writes, for you are what you think you are. What the good author fails to mention is that you are also what other people think you are.


Nick Clayton said...


My name is Nicholas Clayton and I am a freelance journalist preparing to move to Tbilisi next month. I've been following your blog for the last few months and have been both intrigued and entertained. I'd like to get in touch with you to get a sense of the freelance market down there. Drop me a line if you get the chance:

Keep up the good work,

scaryazeri said...

Came to your blog via Onnik's twitter. Really liked it. Don't really know much about Tbilisi, so this is great.

paul rimple said...

scaryazeri, thanks much for your compliment!