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How Successful People Think

HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE THINK by John C. Maxwell. That title caught my eye. I wanted to know how the great CEOs of this world do it! Was also curious to see in how many different ways the author could talk about the ‘art of thinking’. I mean, this small book is only 125 pages long. But still that seemed long for such a narrow subject…

My expectations were that a good portion of the book would focus on creative thinking. But it has quite a lot more to offer!


It turns out the author walks you through 11 different facets of what is ‘good thinking’: like Focused thinking, Creative thinking, Strategic thinking, Shared thinking, Unselfish thinking, to name a few. And interestingly, you discover that the more you can acquire of these ‘thinking capabilities’, the more value you’ll have—and the more potential you’ll have of becoming a great leader.

But that’s not all this book will teach you. Changing and improving your way of thinking will serve everyone, in all aspects of life—including your personal life. To give you an idea of how much I appreciated its contents, I ended up marking almost every second page—to be able to refer to the many valuable pieces of advice I highlighted throughout.

Good thinkers will be successful. No doubt. However John C. Maxwell makes you realize that good thinking is not for lazy people. It’s hard work. And you need to have the discipline of setting aside some time in your weekly calendar to allow that good thinking to take place.


Big-Picture Thinking Promotes Teamwork
“Anytime a person doesn’t know how his work fits with that of his teammates, then the whole team is in trouble. The better the grasp team members have of the big picture, the greater their potential to work together as a team.”

Creative Thinking Appreciates the Power of a Dream
“A creative environment allowed Martin Luther King, Jr. to speak with passion and declare “I have a dream”, not “I have a goal”. Goals may give focus, but dreams give power. Dreams expand the world.”

Possibility Thinking Questions the Status Quo
“Most people want their lives to keep improving, yet they value peace and stability at the same time. People often forget that you can’t improve and still stay the same. Growth means change. Change requires challenging the status quo.”

Reflective Thinking Converts an Experience Into a Valuable Experience
Yet experience alone does not add value to a life. It’s not necessarily experience that is valuable; it’s the insight people gain because of their experience. Reflective thinking turns experience into insight.


If you don’t want to go through your personal and professional life on autopilot, follow John C. Maxwell’s path to effective thinking. HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE THINK has the potential to change your life and take you to a whole new level.

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