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

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Let's continue with the telescope story that we left incomplete in the 2nd  part.
 The second to last student looked into the telescope and announced that he could not see anything.
 " You idiot, " shouted the teacher, “ you have to adjust the lenses. "
 The student tried, but finally, he said, “ I still can't see anything. It is all black. " The teacher disgusted, looked through the telescope himself, and then looked up with a strange expression. The lens cap still covered the telescope. None of the students had been able to see anything.
 Many people look for safety and security in popular thinking. They figure that if a lot of people are doing something, then it must be right. It must be a good idea.
 Challenging popular thinking requires a willingness to be unpopular and go outside the norm. You must reject common thinking if you want to accomplish uncommon results.
 If you embrace unpopular thinking and make decisions based upon what works best and what is right rather than what is commonly accepted, know this: in your early years, you won't be as wrong as people think you are. In your later years, you won't be as right as people think you are. And through all the years, you will be better than you thought you could be.

 Benefit from Shared Thinking

“ If you want to learn a new skill quickly, how do you do it? Do you go off by yourself, and figure it out, or do you get someone to show you how? "
 " To accept good advice is to increase one's own ability ... It's like harnessing two horses to pull a wagon. They are stronger pulling together than either is individual. But did you know that when they pull together, they can move more weight than the sum of what they can move individually? Energy comes from working together. That same kind of energy comes into play when people think together. ” Do you trust the judgments and ideas of others?
 If you tend not to, consider this: People who lack confidence and worry about their status, position, or power tend to reject the ideas of others, protect their turf, and keep people at bay. It takes a secure person to consider other ideas. You won't value the ideas of a person if you don't value and respect the person himself.
 Earlier in my life, I have to admit, I was often guilty of this error. I wanted to take an idea from a seed thought to the solution before sharing it with anyone, even the people it would most impact. I did this both at work and at home. But over the years, I have learned that you can go much farther with a team than you can go alone.
 Practice Unselfish Thinking of all the qualities a person can pursue, unselfish thinking seems to make the biggest difference toward cultivating other virtues.
 I think that's because the ability to give unselfishly is so difficult. It goes against the grain of human nature. But if you can learn to think unselfishly and become a giver, then it becomes easier to develop many other virtues: gratitude, love, respect, patience, discipline.
 If you rated yourself on the meter of being completely and truly unselfish on a regular or daily basis where would you land?
 As you go into any relationship, think about how you can invest in the other person so that it becomes a win-win situation. Here is how most relationships often play out: I win, you lose - 1 win only once.
 You win, I lose- You win only once.
 We both win - We win many times. We both lose- Goodbye, partnership!
 The best relationships are win-win. Why don't more people go into relationships with that attitude? I'll tell you why: most people want to make sure that they win first. Unselfish thinkers, on the other hand, go into a relationship and make sure that the other person wins first. And that makes all the difference.
 The process begins with realizing that everything is not about you! That requires humility and a shift in focus.
 Rely on Bottom - Line Thinking
 How do you figure out the bottom line for your organization, business, department team or group?
 In many businesses, the bottom line is literally the bottom line. Profit determines whether you are succeeding. But rupees should not always be the primary measure of success. Would you measure the ultimate success of your family by how much money you had at the end of the month or year?
 And if you run a non - profit organization, how would you know whether you were performing at your highest potential? " How do you personally measure your bottom line and know that you are performing at your highest potential? When you are clear about your mission, corporate goals and operating objectives flow from it.
 Bottom-line thinking makes it possible for you to measure outcomes more quickly and easily. It gives you a benchmark by which to measure activity. It can be used as a focused way of ensuring that all your little activities are purposeful and line up to achieve a larger goal.
 Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:
 Where success is concerned, people are not measured in inches, or pounds, or college degrees, or family background; they are measured by the size of their thinking.

Learning to write down is learning to think.
You don't know anything clearly unless you can state it in writing.
Most people spend more time planning their summer vacation than planning their lives.

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