The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz - Summary

The magic of thinking big is perfect for beginners wanting to jump start their careers and always wanted to know why their were lagging behind their peers. Beneath you can find my notes from reading the book.

Index

Preface

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

As one thinketh in his heart, so is he.

-- prophet David

(Read more on that in As a man thinketh.)

Great men are those who see that thoughts rule the world.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The mind is its own place and in itself can make a heaven of hell or hell of heaven.

-- John Milton (Paradise Lost)

There is nothing either good or bad except that thinking makes it so.

-- Shakespeare

Life is too short to be little.

-- Disraeli

Believe you can succeed and you will

Believe, really believe, you can succeed, and you will.

It is well to respect the leader. Learn from him. Observe him. Study him. But don't worship him. Believe you can surpass. Believe you can go beyond. Those who harbor the second-best attitude are invariably second-best doers.

Most people will continue to worry, to be afraid, to crawl through life feeling unimportant, unappreciated, not able to do what they want to do.

We need from every man who aspires to leadership - for himself and his company - a determination to undertake a personal program of self-development. Nobody is going to order a man to develop...Whether a man lags behind or moves ahead in his specialty is a matter of his own personal application. This is something which takes time, work, and sacrifice. Nobody can it for you.

-- Ralph J. Cordiner (chairman of the board of the General Electric Company)

Cure yourself of excusitis, the failure disease

The thinking that guides your intelligence is much more important than the quantity of your brainpower.

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.

The story is told that the great scientist Einstein once asked how many feet are in a mile. Einstein's reply was "I don't know. Why should I fill my brain with facts I can find in two minutes in any standard reference book?"

What I want around me are people who can solve problems, who can think up ideas. People who can dream and then develop the dream into a practical application; an idea man can make money with me; a fact man can't.

-- President of a manufacturing company

Build confidence and destroy fear

Action cures fear.

Underneath he's probably a very nice guy. Most folks are.

Receptionist at a hotel after acting as a scapegoat

How to think big

How big we think determines the size of our accomplishments.

To think big, we must use words and phrases that produce big, positive mental images.

Resolve to keep your eyes on the big ball.

How to think and dream creatively

You are what you think you are

How you think determines how you act. How you act in turn determines: How others react to you.

Dress Right. You can't afford not to!

-- American Institute of Men's and Boy's Wear

Look your best and you will think and act your best.

A person who thinks his job is important Receives mental signals on how to do his job better; And a better job means More promotions, more money, more prestige, more happiness.

Tom Staley, meet Tom Staley - an important, a really important person. Tom, you're a big thinker, so think big. Think Big about Everything. You've got plenty of ability to do a first-class job, so do a first-class job. Tom, you believe in Happiness, Progress, and Prosperity. So: talk only Happiness, talk only Progress talk only Prosperity. You have lots of drive, Tom, lots of drive. So put that drive to work. Nothing can stop you, Tom, nothing. Tom you're enthusiastic. Let your enthusiasm show through. You look good, Tom, and you feel good. Stay that way. Tom Staley, you were a great fellow yesterday and you're going to be an even greater fellow today. Now go to it, Tom. Go forward.

Manage your environment: Go first class

The body is what the body is fed. By the same token, the mind is what the mind is fed.

Big men do not laugh at big ideas.

People who tell you it cannot be done almost always are unsuccessful people, are strictly average or mediocre at best in terms of accomplishments.

Go first class when you have questions. Seeking advice from a failure is like consulting a quack on how to cure cancer.

Make your attitudes your allies

Think right toward people

In at least nine cases out of then, the "likability" factor is the first thing mentioned [when selecting a person for a promotion]. And in an overwhelmingly large number of cases, the "likability" factor is given far more weight than the technical factor.

If we let our thinking go uncontrolled, we can find much to dislike in almost anyone. By the same token, if we manage our thinking properly, if we think right toward people, we can find many qualities to like and admire in the same person.

The person who does the most talking and the person who is the most successful are rarely the same person.

[...] It depends on how you look at things.For example, I never had a teacher I hated. Naturally I was disciplined just like every other pupil, but I always figured it was my fault that the discipline was necessary. I have also liked every boss I ever had. I always tried to please him and do more than he expected if I possibly could, never less.

-- Benjamin Fairless (CEO of United States Steel Corporation, Oct. 1956)

Get the action habit

Regardless of how good the idea, unless you do something with it, you gain nothing.

How to turn defeat into victory

All it takes [took] is [was] a persistent man who never thinks [thought] he is [was] defeated.

Salvage something from every setback.

Use goals to help you grow

The important thing is not where you were or where you are but where you want to get.

How to think like a leader