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Book Summary: "How successful People Think" by John C. Maxwell:Part-I

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Gather successful people from all walks of life - what would they have in common? The way they think! Now you can think as they do and revolutionize your work and life! A Wall Street Journal bestseller, HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE THINK is the perfect, compact read for today's fast-paced world. America's leadership expert John C. Maxwell will teach you how to be more creative and when to question popular thinking. I have divided the summary into 3 parts. Let's begin with the 1st part of the book " How Successful People Think " Cultivate Big Picture Thinking Big picture thinkers are never satisfied with what they already know. They are always visiting new places, reading new books, meeting new people, learning new skills. And because of that practice, they are often able to connect the unconnected. They are lifelong learners.
 Writer Henry David Thoreau wrote, Many times an object is not seen, though it falls within the range of our visual ray, because it does not come within the range of our intellectual ray.
 

The answers, resources, and everything we need is all around us. Most people are married mentally to the status quo (accepting things as they are). They want what was, not what can be. They seek safety and simple answers. To think the big - picture, you need to give yourself permission to go a different way, to break new ground, to find new worlds to conquer.


 Engaged in Focused Thinking
 If you can't write your idea on the back of your business card, you don't have a clear idea. For some people, their goal is world peace or a goal that is a BIG vision. It is easy to stay in that bigness and not focus on what is next or what needs to happen next week in order to move towards it. What are you doing daily or weekly to get closer to your goals?
 The author says, recently I had breakfast with Dan Cathy, the president of Chick - fil - A, a fast-food chain headquartered in the Atlanta area.
 I told him that I was working on this book and I asked him if he made thinking time a high priority. Not only did he say yes, but he told me about what he calls his “ thinking schedule. ” It helps him to fight the hectic pace of life that discourages intentional thinking. Dan says he sets aside time just to think for half a day every two weeks, for one whole day every month, and for two or three full days every year. Dan explains, “ This helps me ' keep the main thing, the main thing since I am so easily distracted. " You may want to do something similar, or you can develop a schedule and method of your own.
 No matter what you choose to do, go to your thinking place, take paper and pen, and make sure you capture your ideas in writing.


 Harness Creative Thinking
 Maxwell quotes author and creativity expert Ernie Zelinski, “ Creativity is the joy of not knowing it all. The joy of not knowing it all refers to the realization that we seldom if ever have all the answers; we always have the ability to generate more solutions to just about any problem. Being creative is being able to see or imagine a great deal of opportunity for life's problems. Creativity is having options. "
 When was the last time you experienced ' joy ' when faced with a problem? So what if you did? Would your marriage be different? Would your coworkers or employees feel different about you? Would people be more positive around you?


 Explore Possibility Thinking
 Above all, possibility thinkers believe they can succeed. Denis Waitley, the author of The Psychology of Winning, says, “ The winners in life think constantly in terms of ' I can, I will and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have done, or what they don't do. How often do you live in the past?
 Maxwell illustrates a great example between former president of Walmart and Sam Walton the founder of Walmart Retail.
 " We went into one [ store), and I have to tell you that it was the worst store I've ever seen in my life. It was terrible. There were no customers. There was no help on the floor.
 The aisles were cluttered with merchandise, empty shelves, dirty, it was absolutely terrible. He [ Walton) walked one way and I'd walk the other way and we met outside the store. He said, “ What'd you think, Don? " I said, “ Sam, that is the absolutely worst store I've ever seen in my life. I mean, did you see the racks? "
 He said, “ Don, did you see the undergarments rack? "
 What did the retail tycoon Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart say to his president?
 To know this, you need to wait for part 2.
 Till then, cultivate big picture Thinking and engage in focused thinking.
 

End of Part-1.
 The Part-2 link is given below.
 Buy The Book Link: Buy the HERE from Amazon.in



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