The Magic of Thinking Big – David J. Schwartz

What’s the difference between successful and unsuccessful people? Their mind set and action. In our everyday lives we face some sort of challenge or difficulty at work, home, with our co-workers, customers, bosses, family members, spouses, and etc. yet some are able to thrive and some aren’t. David J. Schwartz, who was once a professor at Georgia State University, states that in order to become successful, you need to master your mind first. Everything starts from the mind. As Publilius Syrus, a Latin writer, has once said, “A wise man will be master of his mind, A fool will be its slave”. This book is just a wealth of knowledge on practical ways that you can take to change your psychology and take action towards your success. Here are just some of points I’ve taken away:


1. Everything begins in the mind. If you want to be big, you need to think BIG. If you think small, you’ll live small. If you believe that you can accomplish it, then you will. If you believe that you can’t accomplish something, then you won’t. Don’t sell yourself short and underestimate your own brainpower. I once heard an analogy of how the mind is like a computer and your talk is like an app. Whatever talk you decide to “run” in your mind, your actions will follow.Never – yes, never-sell yourself short.”


2. Those who are successful get things done and those who aren’t, make excuses. This seems pretty straight forward but as knowledge is different from action. As self-made billionaire Charlie Munger has said, “to get what you want, you need to deserve what you want”, those who are successful are successful for a reason. They simply deserved it. They took action while those who aren’t made excuses as to why they “can’t” do something. Those who are successful don’t put things off. They get it done today. Not tomorrow. Today.


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3. Your attitude towards life is what counts the most. Try framing every situation so that the negative turns into the positive. This is one of my favourite parts of the book: “Another amputee friend is an excellent golfer. One day I asked him how he had been able to develop such a near-perfect style with just one arm. I mentioned that most golfers with two arms can’t do nearly as well. His reply says a lot. “Well, it’s my experience,” he said, “that the right attitude and one arm will beat the wrong attitude and two arms every time.” The right attitude and one arm will beat the wrong attitude and two arms every time. Think about that for a while. It holds true not only on the golf course but in every facet of life.”


4. Visualization is key. Successful people have a really good sense of visualizing their success. I believe it was Walt Disney who said “I’ll see it when I believe it” as opposed to the norm of “I’ll believe it when I see it” prior to the construction of Disney Land. When you have a vision and a goal that you can vividly see, you’ll take action towards making it come true. “The moral is this: 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.


5. Your direct environment is a key component to your success. When you have a goal/dream, create the same kind of environment you would have upon reaching that goal/dream. If your goal is to become a non-smoker, hanging around smokers isn’t going to help you in your goal. If you’re overweight and want to lose weight, hanging around those who are overweight isn’t going to help you. When you want something, immerse yourself in that environment. When Arnold Schwarzenegger was a teenager and started body building, he put posters of those he looked up to all around his wall in his room to the point where his mother was worried about him.Your physical exterior affects your mental interior. How you look on the outside affects how you think and feel on the inside


6. Adopt an investor mentality. When thinking of investing, people usually think of real estate, the stock market, or some sort of business. However, the biggest investment one can make is in their self. By investing in something external, you lose a sense of control. You may not not, at all times, have a full say in the decisions that are made. However, by investing in yourself through education, you have full control. You have 100% control of your thoughts and interests; others don’t.To profit, to get the extra reward above a “normal” income in the years ahead, we must invest in ourselves. We must invest to achieve our goals.”

By Ryan Lee


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Thank you for reading! Please comment below on which point resonated with you the most or if you have a story to share. If not, please leave a comment below about a book that you’re currently reading or a book that you suggest and your takeaways from it as I’d love to read your comments! Please join my Facebook group here follow my Twitter here like the post, or share it.



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