The Magic of Thinking Big, by David Schwartz. I will talk about 3 keys point that I got from this book.
When I was in high school I knew some students who were very smart, but who also have bad grade and attendances problem. When I was talking with them, they usually said “I am smart, I just don’t apply myself.” This is equivalent of having ten thousands dollars in your matras and doing nothing with it because you are too lazy to find something interesting to spent on.This is one of the symptoms of excuses. In the Magic of Thinking Big, David Schwartz said that everyone has a story that the tell themself on why there are not accomplishing more, making extra money, or achieving more. Some excuses “I am too old about technology, I am too young, and inexperience to get a better job, If only my health was better, if only I have the time, I have kids”
Most people suffer for excusitis and they will blame their problems on something. If you look at all successful person, you will realize that they don’t make excuses. This is one of the best idea I got from this book. Stop Complaining, Stop Making Excuses. If Mark Zuckerberg created the framework of facebook when he was 20 years old, you don’t have any excuses. The idea here is that most people don’t take responsibility for their own decision.
Believe you can be successful
While going to college most of my friends said that they will graduate, and expect to have a decent job. They don’t even expect to have a great job. They don’t even dream of owning a $200,000 car, or having a private vacation in the Caraib. Let’s say you want to ask someone out for a date. If you don’t believe you are the best person, why should they believe that you are the best person? if you apply for a job and believe that there is someone out there better than you why did you even applied? If you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else do?
Whatever your thoughts are that will eventually becomes your reality. David said always try to have the positive thinking in your mind. Your thoughts become your behavior. If you truly believe something can happen, your brain will find ways to make it happen. If you don’t, your brain will find ways to make excuses. Look at things not as they are, but as they can be. Visualization adds value to everything. A big thinker always visualizes what can be done in the future. He isn’t stuck with the present.
Action cures fear
Have you ever been scared to do something you are obligated to do. Giving a speech is a good one for most people. When Navy seal goes for training. One of the training is to jump up to a diving board. Some of this people are afraid of heights, some are even afraid of water. The officers make them claim the ladder and jump. Here is the thing when there are on top, there are afraid they think about how they should be down. But when the navy seal push them, they realized that it was not bad. The lost their fears. The more you think about how bad something is going to be the worst the fear gets. If you want your fear to go away simple take action. If you are scared about exams, study more. If you are scared to talk to people, go to public places and improve your communication skills.
The last thing I want to talk about this book is that you can always turned defeat into victory. Bringing your losses into wins is incredible easy, and super powerful. Just have the mentality that everything that you do you will always comes out either winning or learning. The moment you stop learning you automatically failed. If you turn all your failure that you have in your life into lessons so you don’t have to do it again, and use it as experience you will become a very successful individu.
A very enjoyable and educative read. It is structured in such a way as to allow the readers to read and implement specific ideas/techniques presented in one chapter without necessarily reading the entire book. This is in my opinion, the most effective way to take advantage of the wisdom presented. A highly recommended read!
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