The Magic of Thinking Big contains the secrets to getting the most out of your job, your marriage and family life. The book illustrates how you don’t need to be incredibly intelligent or unique to have the success you want, you simply need to think in a way that cultivates success. By thinking big you can motivate yourself to improve your work life, earn more money and get more happiness and fulfillment out of life.
Following are the 30 things I learnt from this books:
- Don’t make excuses for why you can’t reach your goals.
- All people have the same amount of hours in the day – Successful people find the time to become successful.
- You are not too young/old to become successful. Steve Jobs started Apple before he was twenty and Ronald Reagan had become 70 years old when he became president of America.
- Interest and enthusiasm is more important than intelligence.
- Compliment people at every opportunity.
- Use positive words.
- Learn to see/visualize what can be and not what is.
- Eliminate the word impossible and think how “it” could be done.
- Change is required for progress.
- Expose yourself to new things, friends, places, restaurants etc.
- Always accept every opportunity to do more.
- If you want something done. Hand it to the busiest person you know.
- Action cures fear. Action separates a dreamer from a doer.
- A fair idea acted upon is better than great idea not acted upon.
- Smile until you show your teeth towards all people and you’ll feel happier
- Walk faster than other people.
- Speak up, but don’t speak fast, so you avoid sounding insecure.
- Look sharp and you will think sharp and be perceived sharp.
- Sell yourself to yourself. Do a commercial about yourself.
- All children dream big, but repressive environment results in only 3-4% never give up success.
- Don’t let negative people destroy your plans. Seek advice only from successful people. They know its possible.
- Gossip is poison – Chopping your neighbors furniture doesn’t make your won better.
- Put service first and money will come.
- Call people by name.
- Avoid sarcasm and don’t make other people small.
- The better you treat people the better your are off. Praise people first.
- Think improvement and high standards in everything you do.
- Successful people spend time alone for super thinking. At least 30 min a day.
- Visualize goals for home, work and social activities.
- Every step should be seen as a step towards you direction to success.
In the words of Publilius Syrus:
A wise man will be master of his mind,
A fool will be its slave.
From John Maxwell’s Today Matters: 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrow’s Success (Maxwell, John C.).
- We exaggerate yesterday, overestimate tomorrow and ultimately, underestimate today.
- The way you live your life today is preparing you for your tomorrow.
- “You don’t win an Olympic gold medal with a few weeks of intensive training,” says (Seth) Godin. “There’s no such thing as an overnight opera sensation. Great law firms or design companies don’t spring up overnight…every great company, every great brand, and every great career has been built in exactly the same way: bit by bit, step by step, little by little.” There is no magic solution to success. — P.4
- As basketball legend John Wooden says, “When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare.” — P.6
- Most people want to avoid pain, and discipline is often painful. But we need to recognize that there are really two kinds of pain when it comes to our daily conduct. There’s the pain of self-discipline and the pain of regret. Most people avoid the pain of self-discipline because it’s the easy thing to do. What they may not realize is that the pain of self-discipline is momentary but the pay-off is long lasting. — P.26
- Someone once defined hard work as the accumulation of the easy things you didn’t do when you should have. — P.27
- You may have a million reasons not to get started now. But deep down, none of them can be as compelling as your desire to change, grow, and succeed. In a month or a year or five years from now, you may have only one regret — that you didn’t start now. Today matters. The way you spend today really can change your life. — P.31
- Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming. — John Wooden, P.37
- Chinese author and philosopher Lin Yutang said, “Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leavings things undone. The wisdom of life consists of the elimination of non essentials.” — P.67
- Because I wanted to improve myself and pick up skills I didn’t learn in college, in 1971 I began working on a business degree. While reading for one of the courses, I came across a paragraph written about Italian economist Vilifredo Pareto. It contained information about prioritizing called the Pareto Principle. It said that by focusing your attention on the top 20 percent of all of your priorities, you would get an 80 percent return on your effort. That was my eureka moment! That’s when I made this decision: I will prioritize my life and give focus and energy to those things that give the highest return. — P.69
- British prime minister William Gladstone said, “He is a wise man who wastes no energy on pursuits for which he is not fitted; and he is wider still who from among the things he can do well, chooses and resolutely follows the best.” — P.73
- I’m continually reading books on leadership and communication. Every month I try to read one excellent book in its entirety and skim a second one that may not have as much content. — P.128
- I think a lot of the time we take relationships for granted. Because of that, we don’t always give them the attention they deserve or require. But good relationships require a lot of effort. To keep me on track in my relationships requires a lot of effort. To keep me on track in my relationships so that I’m investing in them as I must to make them successful, I practice this discipline: Every day I make the conscious effort to deposit goodwill into my relationships with others. — P.229
- Pulitzer prize-winning composer Gian Menotti said, “Hell begins on that day when God grants us a clear vision of all that we might have achieved, of all the gifts we wasted, of all that we might have done that we did not do.” — P.281