The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

I’ve always said that you should aim high, so if you don’t meet your goal you’re still happy.

Most of my motivation to read this book come from Tim Ferris who points out in The 4-Hour Work Week that this book has an impressive amount of 5-star reviews. As of today it’s areound 140.

The preface of “The Magic of Thinking Big” is short and succinct. There is magic in thinking big. David thinks that we’re a product of our own thinking and the thinking around us. He’s not alone, some great minds agree with him like:

  • The prophet David, “As one thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
  • Emerson, “Great men are those who see that thoughts rule the world.”
  • Milton, “The mind is its own place and can make a heaven out of hell and a hell out of heaven.”
  • Shakespeare, “There is nothing good or bad except thinking makes it so.”

“The Magic” is put together intelligently. Before I read a book, I like to go through the table of contents. Sometimes, there’s something really interesting to me and I just can’t wait 146 pages to get to it. This part of the book is called “Avoid the 5 success-murdering weapons”

Here they are:

  1. Self Deprecation: I’m not smart enough or I’m not good enough junk.
  2. Security-itis: People that have a good gig, but this is the murder weapon of realizing their dreams.
  3. Competition: “Oh, it’s too late, everyone that made their money already did. The market’s saturated.” I hear this one ALL the time.
  4. Parental Dictation: This is mostly people using their parents as an excuse. I think its more a lack of testicular fortitude.
  5. Family responsibilities: In my book family comes first, but don’t use them as an excuse. Plenty of people with more kids than you are succeeding. Why can’t you? Please don’t blame the children.

Ok. That’s it for now. I’m trying something different. My previous review are too long and boring. I’m going to write a little along the way. If you pick up the book, feel free to exchange ideas by leaving comments.

The people with the least excuses succeed.

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