The Magic Of Thinking Big - By David Schwartz

Date read: 
March 17, 2017
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Prototypical self-help book. Published 50 years ago but still extremely relevant. Whether you're starting a business or simply need a kick in the ass, this book is for you.

Summary Notes

Success is determined not so much by the size of one's brain as it is by the size of one's thinking.

Belief, strong belief, triggers the mind to figure ways and means and how-to. And believing you can succeed makes others place confidence in you.

Successful people are not supermen. Successful people are just ordinary folks who have developed belief in themselves and what they do.

Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success.

You will find that the more successful the individual, the less inclined he is to make excuses.
The fellow who has gone nowhere and has no plans for getting anywhere always has a bookful of reasons to explain why.

“Bad" health, in a thousand different forms, is used as an excuse for failing to do what a person wants to do, failing to accept greater responsibilities, failing to make more money, failing to achieve success.

''I'm going to live until I die and I'm not going to get life and death confused. While I'm on this earth I'm going to live. Why be only half alive? Every minute a person spends worrying about dying is just one minute that fellow might as well have been dead.”

Remind yourself often, "It's better to wear out than rust out."

With a positive, optimistic, and cooperative attitude a person with an IQ of 100 will earn more money, win more respect, and achieve more success than a negative, pessimistic, uncooperative individual with an IQ of 120.

Stickability is 95 percent of ability.

"As I look back at my college education now, I see that I became an expert in why a business idea won't work out.”

Don't be age conscious. Back on the farm a boy became a man when he proved he could do the work of a man.

Action cures fear.  
Indecision, postponement, on the other hand, fertilize fear.

Here is a psychological principle that is worth reading over twenty-five times. Read it until it absolutely saturates you: To think Confidently, act confidently!

Motions are the precursors of emotions. You can't control the latter directly but only through your choice of motions or actions

  1. Be a front seater. Sitting up front builds confidence. Practice it. From now on make it a rule to sit as close to the front as you can.  
  2. Practice making eye contact. You say nothing good about yourself when you avoid making eye contact. You say, I’m afraid. I lack confidence."
  3. Walk 25 percent faster. Psychologists also tell us you can actually change your attitudes by changing your posture and speed of movement. Their walk tells the world, I’ve got someplace important to go, something important to do.  
  4. Practice speaking up. The more you speak up, the more you add to your confidence, and the easier it is to speak up the next time.  
  5. Smile big. Try to feel defeated and smile big at the same time. You can't. A big smile gives you confidence. A big smile beats fear; rolls away worry, defeats despondency.  

Look at things not as they are, but as they can be. Visualization adds value to everything. A big thinker always visualizes what can be done in the future. He isn't stuck with the present.

  1. Use big, positive, cheerful words and phrases to describe how you feel. Every time someone asks you, "How are you?" or "How are you feeling today?" respond with a 'Just wonderful! thanks, and you?"  
  2. Use bright, cheerful, favorable words and phrases to describe other people. Make it a rule to have a big, positive word for all your friends and associates
  3. Use positive language to encourage others. Compliment people personally at every opportunity, Everyone you know craves praise. Have a special good word for your wife or husband every day.
  4. Use positive words to outline plans to others. When people hear something like this: "Here is some good news. We ·face a genuine opportunity ... " their minds start to sparkle.

People naturally pay more for acreage and an idea than they do for just acreage.

'I've made up my mind to look at myself as the person I'm going to be in a few short years. I see myself not as a rate clerk but as an executive. I don't see a crummy apartment, I see a fine new suburban home. And when I look at myself that way, I feel bigger and think bigger. And I've got plenty of personal experiences to prove it's paying off."

  1. Practice adding value to things. Remember the real estate example. Ask yourself, "What can I do to 'add value' to this room or this house or this business?" Look for ideas to make things worth more. A thing-whether it be a vacant lot, a house, or a business-has value in proportion to the ideas for using it.
  2. Practice adding value to people. As you move higher and higher in the world of success, more and more of your job becomes "people development." What can I do to help them to become more effective?" Remember, to bring out the best in a person, you must first visualize his best.
  3. Practice adding value to yourself. Conduct a daily interview with yourself. Ask, "What can I do to make myself more valuable today?"

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