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Gather successful people from all walks of life-what would they have in common? The way they think! Now you can think as they do and revolutionize your work and life! A Wall Street Journal bestseller, HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE THINK is the perfect, compact read for today's fast-paced world. America's leadership expert John C. Maxwell will teach you how to be more creative and Gather successful people from all walks of life-what would they have in common? The way they think! Now you can think as they do and revolutionize your work and life! A Wall Street Journal bestseller, HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE THINK is the perfect, compact read for today's fast-paced world. America's leadership expert John C. Maxwell will teach you how to be more creative and when to question popular thinking. You'll learn how to capture the big picture while focusing your thinking. You'll find out how to tap into your creative potential, develop shared ideas, and derive lessons from the past to better understand the future. With these eleven keys to more effective thinking, you'll clearly see the path to personal success....

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  • Sylvie
    2019-03-27 18:59

    Maxwell is a very good motivator.However, I am not sure if he has not written this book for people who want to think like Successful People or for MEN who want to think like Successful People.ONE THING that has really, but really, really bugged me is when he talks about the fact that HE does not have time for the mundane ! Margaret, wonderful, Margaret (that's his wife) takes care of these meaningless things, because Mister's time is WAY too valuable for them !!!Being a woman, I wonder if that makes me doomed for failure ???Who will be my Margaret ? I know no men who will agree to take this role. He may accept to be my equal but comes on writing the Xmas invitations and pulling together the Easter Menu for the 20 guests we are inviting ... I don't think so !If by any chance, Mr. Maxwell's squirrels read this ... please let him know that there are now-a-day some successful women in the work force ... and as it has been said before ... Ginger Rogers was only Fred Astaire's partner, but remember that she danced the same dance as he did, only she did it in high heels and backward!OK I said it!

  • Word Owl
    2019-03-20 00:44

    There was nothing really new about this book. Maxwell tends to use flowery language in order to cover his redundancies. Truth is, the content of this book would be better suited to the length of a blog post rather than a book.

  • Noha El-Shami
    2019-04-01 01:57

    على صغر حجمه إلا أن المقدمة وحدها استهلكت ما يربو على 13 صفحة .. كتير كتير قوي، احتوى كذلك على تفاصيل كثيرة تحت كل عنوان كتبت بطريقة سرديه دشيه صرف، لدرجة أني مع اقتراب النهاية بدأت اتجاوز الصفحات دون تركيزمن المقاطع التي أعجبتني"The word impossible is not in my dictionary" Napoleon Bonaparte..إهداء إلى كل مهتم بالأعمال التطوعية"Everywhere is no where. to get things done you need focus"

  • Heidi
    2019-04-11 22:59

    Short and easy to read exceptional and practical book about the importance of thinking! What a concept. well, for me. There is a chapter on each of various types of thinking: big-picture thinking, focused thinking, creative thinking, realistic thinking, strategic thinking, possibility thinking, reflective thinking, questioning popular thinking, benefiting from shared thinking, practicing unselfish thinking and relying on bottom-line thinking. My favorite quote from the book is "the truth will set you free, but at first it will make you mad". Reminds me of a scripture in the Book of Mormon. It reminds me that whenever someone tells me something I don't want to hear I should listen for and accept the truth in it (and discard what isn't helpful), instead of becoming immediately defensive. The other nugget of wisdom I got was about the importance of planning. That successful people map out or plan their days, and even more successful people plan their weeks, months and years. Of course we've all heard this before, but this was a great reminder to me and I've noticed that putting structure and planning in my days has been extremely helpful!

  • loafingcactus
    2019-04-05 01:53

    I think by the time one is 25 or so this book had better not have anything to teach or you r doin' it rwong. I'm 40. So.However, this might be a good discussion guide for teaching an advanced high school student or someone in their first job.

  • Loy Machedo
    2019-04-04 22:01

    Loy Machedo’s Book Review - How Successful People Think by John Maxwell is another condensed book of Self Improvement / Business where the author tries to summarize the different styles of thinking necessary for success in the Business World.According to the author the 11 keys to successful thinking:1. Cultivate Big-Picture Thinking2. Engage in Focused Thinking3. Harness Creative Thinking4. Employ Realistic Thinking5. Utilize Strategic Thinking6. Explore Possibility Thinking7. Learn from Reflective Thinking8. Question Popular Thinking9. Benefit from Shared Thinking10. Practice Unselfish Thinking11. Rely on Bottom-Line ThinkingEach chapter is roughly 10 pages and usually contains the following styleQuotation by famous peopleBenefits of that style of thinkingTips to improve or become better in that particular style of thinkingShort-comingsThough I couldn’t help and admire the authors creativity in coming up with the different styles of thinking, I feel the author repeats himself many times and has the same underlyning principle in all his books.I wouldn’t say these are never-known-before-concepts rather more like another drummed up version of Seth Godin’s Linchpin.There are moments where you feel the author is a bit wishy washy or talks in the hocus pocus world, for instance the ‘Think Big Picture’. What if the picture you thought of is not practical or realistic?Overall, there were moments where I just browsed through and some other moments where I really got inspired and intrigued. I would be kidding myself if I said this wasn’t a good book. There are some great moments in this book and I feel there is a lot we can learn from the author. So yes, I would recommend the book anyways.Overall Rating7 out of 10.Loy

  • Bar Franek
    2019-04-18 20:50

    "Life consists of what a man is thinking about all day"A short, but thought-provoking book. This isn't a book that explains how successful people think differently from unsuccessful people, which you might gather from the title. Rather, it explains how to actually think and the different flavors of thinking. Anyone can learn how to think, which is the point of the book, and when you learn this skill you multiply your chances of success- according to the author. A lot of us, entrepreneurs especially, are in a constant state of motion, and we don't take the time to spend a few hours, even minutes, to ponder what we're actually doing with our time. This book will make you take a step back and analyze what you're really doing with your effort and what you really want to accomplish. How Successful People Think explains a dozen or so different ways to think: "Big Picture Thinking" "Focused Thinking" "Creative Thinking" "Strategic Thinking" "Possibility Thinking" are just some examples. Good thinking takes time, effort, and practice - its not something you're going to master in a day or two. Taking off a star because some of bullet points about each strategy get a little repetitive. But the book is only l20 or so pages, and it's physically small. It does take some time to get through, because you'll stop yourself a lot to think about what you just read... pun intended.

  • Rick Yvanovich
    2019-04-17 00:07

    Excellent read. Its the second book I've read by John Maxwell and I find his style very readable which inspires me to read more of his books.The message in this book resonates with others that I have read such as the Slight Edge and helps hammer home the importance of how you think.

  • Crystal Messing
    2019-04-03 23:43

    Love love love. Critical thinking laid out for you.

  • Grace
    2019-03-29 20:55

    Unlike most non-fictional books, this book is short and sweet. Maxwell broke down different thinking skills into sections, which I found helpful and easy to read. He started off a chapter with a quote. One of the quotes that touched me the most is about strategic thinking. "Most people spend more time planning their summer vacation than planning their lives," which I found I am guilty of. One of the reasons I decided to join Goodreads and write reviews is to write down the nuggets I learned from the books I read and also follow up on some of the actions. As Maxwell states that strategic thinking is really nothing more than planning on steroids, I will like to be more strategic and intentional in my thinking and actions.

  • Victor Samuel
    2019-03-22 23:56

    Written a very simple language, this book simply does what it was meant to be: challenging on and changing how the reader think. Albeit many things are mere reminder to me, the book still provokes my mind further. The stories and the real examples put lasting impression and confidence to live out the principles. I especially learn how to practically use these kinds of thinking to achieve my goals and live purposefully. In particular, Maxwell got my calendar filled with the slot time for reflective and strategic thinking. I feel I am more receptive to the lesson of life and closer to the life goals.

  • Zawani
    2019-04-11 22:53

    Orang kreatif tahu mereka perlu sentiasa 'pecah keluar' daripada 'kotak' kekangan sejarah dan batasan peribadi sebelum dapat mengalami pencapaian yang kreatif. Cara paling efektif bagi membantu diri kita keluar daripada kotak ini adalah dengan mendedahkan diri kepada paradigma baru. Antara yang boleh dilakukan adalah teroka perkara baru sama ada pergi ke tempat baru atau membaca subjek yang baru bagi kita. Membaca dengan lebih meluas!

  • Wafa Shehab
    2019-03-24 17:49

    I really enjoyed reading this book,I would like to share some of the amazing and motivated sentence which I highlighted while I read it " If you want to improve your world, then focus attention on helping others""shared thinking is faster than solo thinking ""If you combine your thoughts with the thoughts of others, you will come up with thoughts you've never had""there is no more noble occupation in the world than to assist another human being--to help someone succeed"

  • Tony Jr.
    2019-04-19 23:06

    Another great work from Maxwell on the different ways successful people think. I didn't expect much going in as I'm very familiar with self-help material of this nature but this book turned out to be a winner! I really enjoyed the chapters on: Reflective thinking, Unselfish thinking, Realistic thinking, Shared thinking and Creative thinking. Great book!

  • Tiffany
    2019-03-28 21:58

    4.5 stars.Quick read packed with excellent information. There were a few things I put into place immediately. There are some I will revisit and try in the future. I'll be rereading this in the future. It seems like a book that can feed you different gems at different points in your life/career.

  • Zöe Yu
    2019-04-03 22:03

    I decided to sell this book, and I don't sell books. If it is self-help book, why should one needs a book to help...

  • Menuka Warushavithana
    2019-04-01 21:05

    Inspiring! Highly recommended for anyone with BIG dreams!

  • Lance
    2019-04-13 18:46

    "Good thinkers are always in demand. A person who knows how may always have a job, but the person who knows why will always be his boss. Good thinkers solve problems, they never lack ideas that can build an organization, and they always have hope for a better future. . . . Those who develop the process of good thinking can rule themselves---even while under an oppressive ruler or in other difficult circumstances. In short, good thinkers are successful." Thus begins John C. Maxwell's excellent book How Successful People Think. It was a small tome that I found one day in the bookstore and decided to purchase it since it would be a rather quick read and the topic seemed interesting to me.What I didn't know was how thought-provoking a read it would prove. Take the introductory comments for instance. Upon reading these words I was reminded of the Myers-Briggs personality type results I obtained from using the popular career book Do What You Are. My type is INTP, the type extolled by the Tiegers as the "greatest thinkers of the world". Why then would I be reading a book about something in which I already excel naturally? Because I believe that part of the secret of success is to develop those areas in which one already excels.And Maxwell's book was right up that alley for me. He discusses 11 different types of thinking, devoting a separate chapter to each. Each chapter then examines not only a description of each type of thinking but also reasons for developing and ways to develop each type. The ideas that impressed me about each type of thinking follows, but I also was impressed with some of Maxwell's ideas about thinking in general, specifically the need to expose oneself to good thinkers, i.e. spend more time with the right people. I asked myself, What people surround me? With whom am I spending my time? Not only should I consider people to supply input to my thinking but also the time and the place for thinking should be a part of my life as well. This conclusion treats the daily review, which I will discuss later. Here are my comments on Maxwell's 11 types of successful thinking:1. Big Picture Thinking -- We should always have the larger perspective in view and always be learning. It's always good to take a step back now and then and re-evaluate our position.2. Focused Thinking -- I loved the quote that Maxwell used at the start of this chapter. Someone once said of Charles Dickens, "He did each thing as if he did nothing else." That attitude provides a stark contrast to the fast pace of our present world which seems to value multi-tasking. But by multi-tasking we actually lose the essence of all that we do. Focused thinking removes distractions and mental clutter as well as brings the clarity needed to take a person to the next level of performance. Maxwell writes, "No one can go to the highest level and remain a generalist. My dad used to say, 'Find the one thing you do well and don't do anything else.' I've found that to do well at a few things, I have had to give up many things." That last comment really got me thinking. I like learning about everything around me so much that I am much like a kid in a giant candy store; I want a piece of everything. Maxwell describes how he has sacrificed knowing people, doing things, going places, and even being well-rounded in order to be true to this principle of focused thinking. He believes that 99% of what could be known is not worth knowing, so he focuses on the 1% that yields the highest return. I admit that I can sense some merit in what he says, but perhaps I need to do more of the other types of thinking to be fully convinced.3. Creative Thinking -- Maxwell describes this as the "composite of other thoughts discovered along the way." Creative thinking is about discipline, exploring options, embracing ambiguity, celebrating the offbeat, connecting the unconnected, and not fearing failure. I have learned all of these from personal experience, and Maxwell's treatment of this topic is spot on.4. Realistic Thinking -- This type of thinking is not contrary to creative thinking but rather adds to it. It involves minimizing risk, provides security, gives credibility, and provides a foundation for future performance.5. Strategic Thinking -- Maxwell includes a quote from an unknown source at the start of the chapter. "Most people spend more time planning their summer vacation than planning their lives." Sad but true. And it prompts me to consider reversing that trend in my own life. Strategic thinking simplifies the difficult, prepares for uncertainty, and reduces the margin of errors.6. Possibility Thinking -- This type of thinking draws opportunities and people to you, increases possibilities for you and for others, allows you to dream big, and gives you energy. I really liked what Maxwell said on this topic: "People with an it-can't-be-done mindset have two choices. They can expect the worst and continually experience it; or they can change their thinking." He extols George Lucas, who describes himself as a natural cynic, as an epitome icon for this type of thinking. Quoting Lucas, ". . . determination and positive thinking combined with talent combined with knowing your craft . . . that may sound like a naive point of view, but at the same time it's worked for me and it's worked for all my friends---so I have come to believe it." This is one of the two chapters that, as I read, I thought to myself that this is so spot on and so what my employer says all of us employees should do but what very few if any actually practice (due largely in my opinion to the way we are scored in our performance reviews, but that is a topic for a different discussion).7. Reflective Thinking -- Maxwell here says, "Reflective thinking is like the Crick-Pot of the mind. It encourages your thoughts to simmer until they're done." This type of thinking takes good experiences and makes them valuable experiences. It allows learning to cement through action, which for me represents a major personal improvement opportunity. I always seem to have great ideas in my head, and I can make wonderful plans that account for multiple angles and possible outcomes. But then transferring those plans from my head to the real world has always been difficult for me. Reflective thinking can bring me to the point of action, but it can take me no farther. At that point, I need to act.8. Question Popular Thinking -- This type of thinking is actually presented in the negative, since all the other types you want to have but this type you don't. Why? Because popular thinking sometimes means not thinking (a.k.a. the herd mentality), it offers false hope, it is slow to embrace change, and it brings only average results. Connected with reflective thinking, questioning popular thinking can be very powerful.9. Shared Thinking -- This chapter reminded me of that old song from the movie Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure called "Two Heads are Better Than One." When it comes to successful thinking, it's true. Ideas generated from shared thinking come more quickly, are more innovative, bring more maturity, have more strength, and return greater value than solo thinking. Plus it's the only way to have truly great thinking. The culture where I work is so not about this. My employer, and particularly the HR people, talk like it is, but everyone that works there knows that it is isn't. In my workplace, competition trumps collaboration and cooperation every single day. (Again, it goes back to how we are scored, but again, that is a topic for a different discussion.)10. Unselfish Thinking -- This is probably the biggest kind of thinking since it influences so many other areas in one's own life as well as in the lives of others. Maxwell quotes Jack Balousek, president and CEO of True North Communications, as saying, "Learn, earn, return -- these are the three phases of life. The first third should be devoted to education, the second third to building a career and making a living, and the last third to giving back to others -- returning something in gratitude. Each state seems to be a preparation for the next one." I really like that perspective, not only because it feels right but also because it ties back in with the earlier comment from strategic thinking about the lack of attention given to planning our own lives.11. Bottom-Line Thinking -- Maxwell begins this chapter with a quote from Thomas Edison: "There ain't no rules around here. We're trying to accomplish something." The bottom line is your mission, what you are all about. I reflected on that question for myself. What is my mission? I do have a mission statement which I assembled years ago, but I have not done much with it because the most appropriate place seems to be the daily review session which I am not having. In line with earlier expressions on my own need to take action, this area represents my biggest take away from this book. I need to take action and hold daily review sessions. And I don't need to jump into the deep end of the pool on this. I want to make a change that will last forever, so I will start with a baby step. The whole of my daily review session will consist of examining one question: What have I done today to move myself closer to my goals and dreams? As my ability to ask and to answer that question improves, I can progress into expanding the daily review session to include other activities. But right now the important part is to start, and I think this is the best place for me to so now.Maxwell offers what he calls "One Final Thought" which I find is actually a compilation of several separate but connected thoughts:1. Everything begins with a thought.2. What we think determines who we are. Who we are determines what we do.3. Our thoughts determine our destiny. Our destiny determines our legacy.4. People who go to the top think differently than others.5. We can change the way we think.These final thoughts provide an excellent synopsis of the book as a whole. Overall, I found this book to be an excellent primer to return to over and over again to evaluate what part of the mental saw needs sharpening and then to sharpen it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to think for success.

  • Rose Gordon
    2019-04-16 22:04

    Short and easy to read. A great book.

  • Nahid
    2019-04-09 20:00

    At first, I was skeptical about this book. I firmly believe that everything begins with a thought. But thinking alone does not work, we must do the work. However, the author is well-aware of this fact and explains how thinking each day can dramatically improves our life, business and in any career, we are pursuing. I am amazed that how thinking for only 10 minutes in an area becomes difficult. But constant practice will make it easier. The author gathers information on thinking habits from successful people from all walks of life – the way they think (and take actions). There is a chapter on each of various types of successful thinking: 1. Cultivate Big-Picture Thinking2. Engage in Focused Thinking3. Harness Creative Thinking4. Employ Realistic Thinking5. Utilize Strategic Thinking6. Explore Possibility Thinking7. Learn from Reflective Thinking8. Question Popular Thinking9. Benefit from Shared Thinking10. Practice Unselfish Thinking11. Rely on Bottom-Line ThinkingI particularly like “Learn from Reflective Thinking” and “Question Popular Thinking”. Reflective thinking is about visiting past situation, observing the different outcomes – what went well and what went wrong. It helps us make better decisions in present as well as in future. There’s a great saying by Douglas Cardinal, “I am not an answering machine, I am a questioning machine. If we have all the answers, how come we are in such a mess”. Going against popular thinking can be difficult. It is easier to do what other people do and hope that they thought it out. Many people look for safety and security in popular thinking. They figure that if a lot of people doing something, then it must be right. It must be a good idea. If most people accept it, then it probably represents fairness, equality, compassion, and sensitivity, right? Not necessarily. Popular thinking brings only average results. If we want to succeed, we need to think about what’s best, not what’s popular. Challenging popular thinking requires a willingness to be unpopular and go outside of the norm.

  • Jihye K
    2019-03-29 01:05

    -Set aside a 'thinking schedule'. Thinking is discipline.-80/20 rule. Figure out a priority and devote 80% to most important.-spending most of their time with people who can challenge them, inspire them.-Follow through with ideas. They have expiration date.-Give your thoughts some time to see it can stand the test of clarity and questioning.-Collaborate with smart people-Reject popular thinking, i.e. no thinking at all.-Be strategic, set small goals, but leave room for spontaneity-Try different things. Read books that were out of your interest-Have an agenda and decide what they want to learn from a meeting, parties and even blind dates!-Reflect. "An examined life is not worth living" by Socrates-Positive thinking. Don't be limited by a wall you built for no reason.-Embrace ambiguity, don't fear failure, and be creative!-Become a more realistic thinker:1. appreciate the truth, 2. do your homework and get the facts, 3. think through the pros and cons, 4. consider the worst-case scenario, and 5. align your thinking with your resources.

  • Matthew Wetmore
    2019-04-04 22:45

    Not only does this book make you think about your life from a deep perspective, but really think about how you live your life. It has opened up my mind to the way we all have the ability to choose to think, act, and react a certain way. I choose to think differently, the way I was intended to think without internalizing opinions and judgement of others."You'll find out how to tap into your creative potential, develop shared ideas, and derive lessons from the past to better understand the future. With these eleven keys to more effective thinking, you'll clearly see the path to personal success."All of you 'left brain' thinkers out there can relate to this. Why limit your potential by not combining the power of your mind from both sides? The keys in this book will help expand your capability to do this more naturally. I'd love to talk to anyone else who has read this book. Give it a shot if you are on the fence.

  • Maaike A. De Jong
    2019-04-14 23:40

    The book really started to be interesting at chapter five: "Utilize strategic thinking" and so on. All chapters before that felt pretty irrelevant and I personally felt that they would be more suitable for people who are not thinkers or do not grasp the concept of creative thinking in general. It was an interesting book with some good points and views on utilizing your thinking process but you need some patience and time before you dig out the good stuff in this book. Which is fine, I would still recommend it, but be prepared when reading it.

  • Chris Miller
    2019-03-22 18:01

    This is a quick read and lacks the depth behind the reasoning or detailed research supporting Maxwell's suggestions. Much of the book is about his own recommendations on approaches that have worked for him personally. While I didn't find tremendous value in each chapter, there were some points in the book that I found interesting and made me think about considering a different approach in my work and life. For this reason, I would recommend this book to others that are trying to improve their critical and creative thinking.

  • Jay
    2019-04-17 17:47

    In my entire life I have probably only actually finished reading a few more than 100 books so I could be missing something, but of the books I have read this is the best book on Success bar none. And I have actually read a few on success.John Maxwell makes the case that success starts in a persons thoughts and then goes on to give practical ways to improve your thinking and make positive changes in your life.I highly recommend this book to any one who wants to succeed in life.

  • Asparagus
    2019-04-01 22:46

    He describes different types of thinking like a dictionary. Informative perhaps, but sadly, fairly dull and uninspiring and even contradictory at times.Best advice of the book is to make time for deliberate and regular thinking and group thinking is more efficient and powerful than solitary thinking.

  • Olivia Victorius
    2019-03-19 19:53

    Good exercise book to brainstorming ourself and to reflect on what we have been doing in our work life. Its a mix of few way of thinking which we cant master it all because its all depends on our character. We cant practice in all chapter of this book. but still its a good book to start measuring our thoughts and find our thinking path.

  • Kenny Sebastian
    2019-04-11 18:05

    I started reading this book as it has just 80 pages. But, I just could not get past page number 20. This is a big disappointment. Highly repetitive, verbose and it basically tells what you know already. I felt the author tried too hard to add content for topics which could have been written in 1/10th of space it occupies. I do not recommend it all. Please do not waste your time.

  • Anita
    2019-04-01 01:58

    I am sure the author means well with this book and for someone closer to his mindset, it could probably be useful. I even agree with the author on most things (except for quoting Trump to say anything at all and the general conservativism that the book exudes). But I didn't feel like this book taught me anything new.

  • Marcel De La Croix
    2019-03-26 21:01

    How successful people think: Change your thinking, Change your life by John Maxwell. The author shares 11 secrets of Thinking: Big Picture, Focus, Creative, Realistic, Strategic, Possibility Thinking, Reflective Thinking, Shared (not solo) Thinking, Unselfish Thinking and Bottom-line Thinking (purpose or desired result).