The Logic Filter
is a private, independent business, founded by

Louis and Niel Fourie in 2007.

It offers life mentorship to professional people and personal guidance to business leaders.   

Its flagship product is the Regarding your Life programme.  The programme consists of a series of full-day conversations, spread over a year, designed to cover the themes inherent to a happy, successful life.

The Regarding your Life programme forms a central part of the executive management development process in many leading South African companies, and is used by many independent young entrepreneurs and professionals as a self-investment intervention.

For enquiries about the programme, mail louis(at)


“I am incentivised by my business to ensure organisational stability and predictable performance. How do I make sure I don’t lose my sense of imagination in such a setting?”

Progress depends on both conformity and creativity.  I would therefore refrain from viewing my management responsibility as the nemesis of creativity.  Allow them to co-exist.  The world is a better place because of both; procedures and standards – and improving on them through novel ideas.  Consistency and originality need to live in harmony with each other if we want to make reliable headway. 

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“What type of strategy offers sustained traction?”

One that consists of a healthy interplay between creation and avoidance. That guides you to a destiny of choice – as well as protect you from the perils along the road.

We are raised by a system that obsessively rewards progress, not so much preservation. It measures outperformance over short intervals, to a lesser degree the ability to limit your losses over time. From an early age, we are tutored that success is mostly about breaking new ground – and to breathlessly explore the possible. They encourage us to build and create. And to top it all, they teach us that accomplishment is primarily a matter of taking risks – braving the jeopardies of the unfamiliar. 

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“What are some of the core underpinnings of financial independence?”

Financial independence is more a feat of lifelong behaviour – and less a function of instant riches, amassing possessions or playing the markets. Many highfliers never attain true financial independence.  The following seven suggestions, if applied consistently, are universal precursors to financial freedom at an appropriate time in your life: 

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“What differentiates a ‘genius’ from us normal mortals?”

Apparently, not that much.  Most of the revered contributors of life aren’t geniuses, they ‘do’ genius.  They weren’t born experts, they have cultivated basic potential into astonishing talent.  They earned their virtuosity.

The grandmasters of life, whatever the field in which they practice their superiority, share a constellation of basic traits.  Condensed to its essence, their formula consists of six ingredients: 

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“Is pessimism a chronic condition?”

Gloominess can definitely become an enduring attitude.  Any behaviour, when worked on hard enough, becomes engrained.  Some people choose to work very hard on bleakness – and consequently mould themselves into world-class pessimists.

Pessimists mentally design a future speckled with hopelessness.  While busy creating this treacherous model of tomorrow, they double down on the effort by turning the past into a tale of misery as well.  Their script brims with victims and perpetrators.

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