On The Magic of Thinking Big

I just finished reading The Magic of Thinking Big by David. J. Schwartz. Every now and then, one read a book that truly inspires. This is exactly what David has achieved with the Magic of Thinking Big. Not only does he inspire “big” thinking, but he also takes it one step further to inspire action to make it happen. The book is filled with ideas and techniques that can be applied in our everyday life whether at home or at work. These are illustrated by real-life examples that the author draws upon – in which these techniques have proven further success, happiness, and satisfaction to those who have implemented them. Many of the ideas presented, constitute the basis for true leadership.

A very enjoyable and educative read. It is structured in such a way as to allow the readers to read and implement specific ideas/techniques presented in one chapter without necessarily reading the entire book. This is in my opinion, the most effective way to take advantage of the wisdom presented. A highly recommended read!

Below are excerpts from the book that I found particularly insightful:

1- “The thinking that guides your intelligence is much more important than how much intelligence you may have.”

2- “Knowledge is power – when you use it constructively.”

3- “Action cures fear.”

4- “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- “Practice adding value to things… Practice adding value to people…Practice adding value to yourself.”

6- “…The successful person doesn’t ask, “Can I do it better?” He knows he can. So he phrases the question: How can I do it better?”

7- “Big success calls for persons who continually set higher standards for themselves and others, persons who are searching for ways to increase efficiency, to get more output at lower cost, do more with less effort. Top success is reserved for the I-can-do-it-better kind of person.”

8- “In summation, use these tools and think creatively…Believe it can be done…Don’t let tradition paralyze your mind. Be receptive to new ideas. Be experimental. Try new approaches. Be progressive in everything you do…Ask yourself daily, “How can I do better?”…Ask yourself, “How can I do more?” Capacity is a state of mind. Asking yourself this question puts your mind to work to find intelligent short-cuts. The success combination is business is: Do what you do better…and do more of what you do…Practice asking and listening…Stretch your mind. Get stimulated. Associate with people who can help you to think of new ideas, new ways of doing things.”

9- “How you think determines how you act. How you act in turn determines: How others react to you.”

10- “The way we think toward our jobs determines how our subordinates think toward their jobs.”

11- “The person who does the most talking and the person who is the most successful are rarely the same person. Almost without exception, the more successful the person, the more he practices conversation generosity, that is, he encourages the other person to talk about himself, his views, his accomplishments, his family, his job, his problems.”

12- “The test of a successful person is not an ability to eliminate all problems before they arise, but to meet and work out difficulties when they do arise. We must be willing to make an intelligent compromise with perfection lest we wait forever before taking action. It’s still good advice to cross bridges as we come to them.”

13- “Persisting in one way is not a guarantee of victory. But persistence blended with experimentation does guarantee success.”

14- “A second way to profit from the “Be-Human” rule is to let your action show you put people first. Show interest in you subordinates’ off-the-job accomplishments. Treat everyone with dignity. Remind yourself that the primary purpose in life is to enjoy it. As a general rule, the more interest you show in a person, the more he will produce for you. And his production is what carries you forward to greater and greater success.”


Omar Halabieh

The Magic of Thinking Big

The Magic of Thinking Big


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