Why I Don't Want to Become a Thought Leader

According to Deepak Chopra and other researchers, it has been postulated that on average, we have 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day - that is a lot of thoughts to think about isn't it? Gotcha!! 

There you go, thinking again, add another one to the list.

And what's more, for a lot of people, 80% of those thoughts are likely to be negative and as many as 98% of those same negative thoughts, we had the day before!

Did you ever wonder who and precisely how they measure each and every thought?

Especially mine when I am in the zone and they flood through my mind, like water over a dam wall.

The Kevadia Dam Overflowing

The Kevadia Dam Overflowing

Can you begin to see why I don't want to become a thought leader, what a burden on my shoulders, or more precisely, in my mind!

So many thoughts and not enough following our intuition and heart’s guidance!

Instead, I would prefer to take more conscious, responsible and heart-centred actions to improve my own life and the lives of others.

Okay, I can hear you now reminding me that I once wrote:

“Preceding all action comes a thought' and yes I did write it and yes it is still true!”

However, I want to be able to use my focussed imagination to visualise and feel what our future could be, rather than just random thoughts about it.

So I have decided that I would be more productive and of value to society, if I became a Person of Influence or better still, as described by Daniel Priestley – A Key Person of Influence in my particular field of expertise.

To get there, I have been following some sage advice on the subject:


Doing my best and coming from a place of pure passion - tick
Published a book and regularly blog - tick
Created a YouTube channel, websites and social media posts - tick
Partnering with like-minded people who became my friends - tick


Competition be gone!
Welcome cooperation, you are indeed a friend.

Some final and humble ponderings on the moniker "Thought Leader" and while it is no doubt flattering, it feels a little egotistical and old paradigm to me - as it was first coined in 1994 by Joel Kurtzman!!

Kurtzman, who in 2000 received the Global Indira Gandhi Prize was interviewed in 2013. Kurtzman complained that the concept had become “utterly devalued”: “It’s used for everything now. There are thought leaders of ice cream flavours! Every company has its thought leaders. And in many cases, the thought leaders have no real experience in the industry they are supposedly leading. They have barely scratched the surface in terms of their reading, their knowledge or ideas. And they are rehashing the past. At best, the term has really been watered down.”

So please, don’t call me a Thought Leader, while I diligently continue to work at being a Key Person of Influence. Thank you.


Rick’s passion and purpose in life is clear, and everything he does supports this.   His journey in life has been hardly a straight line.  Returning from the battles of combat in the Vietnam War at just 22-years old, he was a self-described - “broken man”.   Rising up from this, he undertook both a corporate business path in the energy sector, as well as a spiritual one, studying with masters across India, China and SE Asia.  Rick is a TEDx speaker and author, but above all, he is a master at intuitively listening, understanding and helping others see what they cannot see in themselves.

Rick was born in England, and then spent over 30-years in Australia and has called Ubud, Bali home for the past 10-years with his wife and family.