Sep 13

Lessons from “The Magic of Thinking Big” – Chapter 1 & 2

A few months ago I read some parts of the classic book “How to read a book” by M. J. Adler & C. V. Doren. From many very nice ideas, one I specially liked and started to follow: marking the lines that I found interesting in a book, writing my personal opinion/ideas beside the margin. It was indeed helpful when I came back to that book later to skim through the parts that was important to me. This idea is relevant for non-fictional books as you guessed. Additionally I thought that why don’t I write those important points in this blog that would be handy for me as well. Based on this idea, this is my first effort to write the lessons I learned from another classic “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David J. Schwartz.

Following parts are directly taken from the book: “The Magic of Thinking Big” that I found magical.

Chapter 1: Believe you can succeed and you will

Think doubt and fail. Think Victory and succeed.

Production in your thought factory is under the charge of two foremen, one of whom we will call Mr. Triumph and the other Mr. Defeat. Mr. Triumph is in charge of manufacturing positive thoughts. He specializes in producing reasons why you can, why you’re qualified, why you will. The other foreman, Mr. Defeat, produces negative, depreciating thoughts. He is your expert in developing reasons why you can’t, why you’re weak, why you’re inadequate. His specialty is the “why-you-will-fail” chain of thoughts. Use Mr. Triumph 100 per cent of the time.

How to develop the power of belief:

  1. Think success, don’t think failure
  2. Remind yourself regularly that you are better than you think you are. Never – yes, never – sell yourself short.
  3. Believe Big. The size of your success is determined by the size of your belief.

Chapter 2: Cure yourself of excusitis, the failure desease

Another amputee friend is an excellent golfer. One day I asked him how he had been able to develop such a near-perfect style with just one arm. I mentioned that most golfers with two arms can’t do nearly as well. His reply says a lot: “Well, it’s my experience,” he said, “that the right attitude and one arm will beat the wrong attitude and two arms every time.”

Refuse to talk about your health. Talking about your health is a bad habit. It bores people.

Just being grateful for the health you have is powerful vaccination against developing new aches, pains and real illness.

Most of us make two basic errors with respect to intelligence:

  1. We underestimate our own brain power, and
  2. We overestimate the other fellow’s brain power.

Because of these errors many people sell themselves short.

The thinking that guides your intelligence is much more important than how much intelligence you may have.

Remind yourself several times daily “My attitudes are more important than my intelligence.”

Look at your present age positively, Think “I’m still young,” not “I’m already old.”

Remember, a person age 30 still has 80 per cent of his productive life ahead of him. And the 50-year-old still has a big 40 per cent – the best 40 per cent – of his opportunity years left.

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