How Successful People Think

Posted by on Sep 6, 2009 in Blog, Inspiration, Psychology, Review, Success | 0 comments

I don’t like bombarding myself with useless information. Since there’s an endless amount of information in the world, I have to discern which piece of material is worth my time and which piece isn’t. The book How Successful People Think by John C Maxwell seemed like a book that I shouldn’t read, but because of the title and the size of the book, I decided to check it out from the public library anyways. I didn’t really like the book that much, but there were a couple of gold nuggets from the book. The author took many ideas from many other ‘greats’ and used those ideas to reinforce his ideas. Here are some of the contents from the book:

If you wait until you feel like doing something, you will likely never accomplish it.

French philosopher Henri-Louis Bergson, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1927, asserted that a person should “think like a man of action – act like a man of thinking.”

French essayist Michel Eyquem de Montaigne wrote, “The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them; a man may live long yet live very little.” The truth is that you can spend your life any way you want, but you can spend it only once.

No one can go to the highest level and remain a generalist. My dad used to say, “Find the one thing you do well and don’t do anything else.”

I can’t know everyone.

There are only a few exceptional opportunities in any person’s lifetime. That’s why I strive for excellence in a few things rather than good performance in many.

Creative people say, “Give me a good idea and I’ll give you a better idea!”

If you picture the worst case and examine it honestly, then you really have experienced a reality check. You’re ready for anything.

“Most people spend more time planning their summer vacations than planning their lives.” – Source Unknown

My friend Olan Hendrix remarked, “Strategic thinking is like showering, you have to keep doing it.” If you expect to solve any major problem once, you’re in for disappointment.

Because they thought that solving the problem was possible, it was. Every time you remove the label of impossible from a task, you raise your potential from average to off the charts.

If you want to achieve something, give yourself permission to believe it is possible – no matter what experts might say.

It’s so easy to go and look at what other people do badly. But one of the leadership characteristics of vision that he showed me, and I’ll never forget it, is look for the good in what other people are doing and apply it.

Henry Curtis advises, “Make your plans as fantastic as you like, because twenty-five years from now, they will seem mediocre. Make your plans ten times as great as you first planned, and twenty-five years from now you will wonder why you did not make them fifty times as great.”

“None of us is as smart as all of us.” – Ken Blanchard

Jeffrey J. Fox, author of How to Become CEO, says, “Always be on the lookout for ideas. Be completely indiscriminate as to the source. Get ideas from customers, children, competitors, other industries, or cab drivers. It doesn’t matter who thought of an idea.”

When you know the bottom line and you go after it, you greatly increase your odds of winning.

“Life consists of what a man is thinking about all day.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.” – John Locke

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