Sunday, November 10, 2019

Quotes from John C Maxwell’s ‘Thinking for a Change’

Its attention grabbing title did not allow me to walk away from the library without it. I expected it to have some good point and it does. 

Even quotes are quite amazing.

"To make progress in any field, you have to take action. But the success of the action you take depends entirely on how you think beforehand." ~~ John C Maxwell (Book: Thinking for a Change)

"The only people who believe thinking is easy are those who don't habitually engage in it." ~~ John C Maxwell (Book: Thinking for a Change)

"The problem with most educational institutions is that they try to teach people what to think, not how to think." ~~ John C Maxwell (Book: Thinking for a Change)

"Progress always requires change. Going to a new level always requires changing your mind. You may know that intuitively, but you need to make that idea foundation to the way you 'do' life." ~~ John C Maxwell (Book: Thinking for a Change)

"The people in your life impact your thinking, for better or for worse, so why not work strategically to find people who will stretch you to your potential. Make a goal to find people who will add value to you in areas that are important to you. And make yourself available to do the same for others." ~~ John C Maxwell (Book: Thinking for a Change)

"One good thought does not make a life. Success comes to those who have an entire mountain of gold that they continually mine, not those who find one nugget and try to live on it for fifty years." ~~ John C Maxwell (Book: Thinking for a Change)

"You can spend your life anyway you want, but you can spend it only once." ~~ John C Maxwell (Book: Thinking for a Change)

"Big picture thinkers learn from their experiences. But they also learn from experiences they don't have. That is, they learn by receiving insight from others--- from customers, employees, colleagues and leaders." ~~ John C Maxwell (Book: Thinking for a Change)

"Be selective, not exhaustive, in your focused thinking. If you know yourself well, begin by focusing on your strengths, the things that makes best use of your skills and God-given talents. You might also focus on what brings the highest return and reward. Do what you enjoy most and do best. If you're going to focus your thinking in your areas of strength, you need to know what they are." ~~ John C Maxwell (Book: Thinking for a Change)

"Don't do easy things first or hard things first or urgent things first. Do first things first -- the activities that give you the highest return." ~~ John C Maxwell (Book: Thinking for a Change)

"If you think you have a great idea, don't let anyone talk you out of it even if it sounds foolish. Don't let yourself or anyone else subject you to creativity killers. After all, you can't do something new and exciting if you force yourself to stay in the same old rut. Don't just work hard or at the same old thing. Make a change." ~~ John C Maxwell (Book: Thinking for a Change)

"Creative people are 'other' thinkers. They are always thinking about and looking for other ways of doing things because they know that options bring opportunities." ~~ John C Maxwell (Book: Thinking for a Change)

"If you don't take a realistic look at your dream -- and what it will take to accomplish it -- you will never achieve it. Realistic thinking helps to pave the way for bringing any dream to fruition." ~~ John C Maxwell (Book: Thinking for a Change)

"People tend to exaggerate their success and minimize their failures or deficiencies." ~~ John C Maxwell (Book: Thinking for a Change)

“The essence of realistic thinking is discovering picturing and examining the worst case scenario." ~~ John C Maxwell (Book: Thinking for a Change)

 “Any time you shoot from the hip or go into a totally reaction mode, you increase your margin for error. Strategic thinking, however, greatly reduces that margin for error.” ~~ John C Maxwell (Book: Thinking for a Change)

“Stay away from experts. So-called experts do more to shoot down people’s dreams than just about anybody else. If you want to achieve something, give yourself permission to believe it is possible – no matter what experts might say.” ~~ John C Maxwell (Book: Thinking for a Change)

“If you value popularity over good thinking then you will severely limit your potential. If you want to become a good thinker, then start preparing yourself for the possibility of becoming unpopular.” ~~ John C Maxwell (Book: Thinking for a Change)

“Unpopular thinking, even when resulting in success, is largely underrated, unrecognized and misunderstood. Unpopular thinking contains the seeds of vision and opportunity. Unpopular thinking is required for all progress. Unpopular thinking asks questions and seeks options.” ~~ John C Maxwell (Book: Thinking for a Change)

“People who lack confidence and worry about their status, position or power tend to reject the ideas of others, protect their turf and keep people at bay. It takes a secure person to consider others’ ideas.” ~~ John C Maxwell (Book: Thinking for a Change)

“When you know the bottom line and you go after it, you greatly increase your odds of winning.” ~~ John C Maxwell (Book: Thinking for a Change)

“The process of bottom-line thinking begins with knowing what you’re really going after. Once the bottom-line has been determined, a strategy must be created to achieve it.” ~~ John C Maxwell (Book: Thinking for a Change)

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Quotes from James Allen’s ‘As the Man Thinketh’

In funny news, WORD desperately wanted to replace ‘Thinketh’ to ‘Trinket’ and some such words. 

All jokes apart, I finally decided to read this book that has been hiding in my Kindle for a long (too long I guess) time. 

I’m on a mission to clean out my Kindle as if it’s even a possible aim for book-hoarders. 

In few words, the central message of the book is: you’re what you think. Think happy thoughts and be happy. Or think sad thoughts and go in that direction and destroy your life. 

It’s a good short book and it’s in the public domain, meaning it’s free. You can download it from Kindle if you like. 

While I was reading ‘As the Man Thinketh’, it reminded me a lot about ‘Think & Grow Rich’. 

Anyways, below are some quotes from ‘As the Man Thinketh’…

“Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself.” ~~ James Allen (Book: As the Man Thinketh)

“Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bad fruit.” ~~ James Allen (Book: As the Man Thinketh)

“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become.” ~~ James Allen (Book: As the Man Thinketh)

“Into your hands will be placed the exact results of your own thoughts; you will receive that which you earn; no more, no less.” ~~ James Allen (Book: As the Man Thinketh)

“The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart – this you will build your life by, this you will become.” ~~ James Allen (Book: As the Man Thinketh)

“Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control.” ~~ James Allen (Book: As the Man Thinketh)

“The dreamers are the saviors of the world.” ~~ James Allen (Book: As the Man Thinketh)

“Achievement, of whatever kind, is the crown of effort, the diadem of thought.” ~~ James Allen (Book: As the Man Thinketh)

“He who has conquered weakness, and has put away all selfish thoughts, belongs neither to oppressor nor oppressed. He is free.” ~~ James Allen (Book: As the Man Thinketh)

“Thoughts of doubt and fear never accomplished anything, and never can. They always lead to failure.” ~~ James Allen (Book: As the Man Thinketh)

“Thoughts allied fearlessly to purpose become creative force.” ~~ James Allen (Book: As the Man Thinketh)

“All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts.” ~~ James Allen (Book: As the Man Thinketh)

 “To live continually in thoughts of ill will, cynicism, suspicion, and envy, is to be confined in a self made prison-hole.” ~~ James Allen (Book: As the Man Thinketh)

“Until thought is linked with purpose there is no intelligent accomplishment.” ~~ James Allen (Book: As the Man Thinketh)

“The body is the servant of the mind. It obeys the operations of the mind, whether they be deliberately chosen or automatically expressed.” ~~ James Allen (Book: As the Man Thinketh)

“Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.” ~~ James Allen (Book: As the Man Thinketh)

“Man is always the master, even in his weaker and most abandoned state; but in his weakness and degradation he is the foolish master who misgoverns his ‘household’. ~~ James Allen (Book: As the Man Thinketh)

“Just as gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless and impure thoughts and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful and pure thoughts.” ~~ James Allen (Book: As the Man Thinketh)

“Thought and character are one, and as character can only manifest and discover itself through environment and circumstance, the outer conditions of a person’s life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state.” ~~ James Allen (Book: As the Man Thinketh)

“Every man is where he is by the law of his being; the thoughts which he has built into his character have brought him there and in the arrangement of his life there is no element of chance, but all is the result of a law which cannot err.” ~~ James Allen (Book: As the Man Thinketh)

“Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results; bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results.” ~~ James Allen (Book: As the Man Thinketh)

“Suffering is always the effect of wrong thought in some direction. It is an indication that the individual is out of harmony with himself, with the Law of his being.” ~~ James Allen (Book: As the Man Thinketh)

“Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are. Their whims, fancies and ambitions are thwarted at every steps, but their inmost thoughts and desires are fed with their own food, be it foul or clean.” 

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Quotes from Kahlil Gibran's 'Prophet'

One or another friend of mine on social media kept recommending that I read Kahlil Gibran's 'Prophet'. 

So I put it in my to-read list. When the reminders didn’t stop coming my way, I thought it’s time I get this classic.

It’s certainly one of the best decisions I made that year when it comes to buying a new book. 

Here are some quotes from the book. Though, I recommend you read it too.

"When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
For even as loves crowns you so shall he crucify you,
Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning." ~~ Kahlil Gibran (Book: Prophet)

"Love gives naught but itself and takes not but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love." ~~ Kahlil Gibran (Book: Prophet)

"Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Sing and dance together and be joyous,
But let each one of you be alone.
Give your hearts, but not in each other's keeping.
For only the hand of life can contain your hearts." ~~ Kahlil Gibran (Book: Prophet)

 "Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They came through you but not from you, And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you." ~~ Kahlil Gibran (Book: Prophet)

 "It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding." ~~ Kahlil Gibran (Book: Prophet)

 "You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
For what are your possessions but things you keep and gaur for gear you may need them tomorrow?" ~~ Kahlil Gibran (Book: Prophet)

"Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work." ~~ Kahlil Gibran (Book: Prophet)

 "You are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy. Only when you are empty are you at stand still and balanced." ~~ Kahlil Gibran (Book: Prophet)

 "The lust for comfort murders the passion of the soul, and then walks grinning in the funeral.
But you, children of space, you restless in rest, you shall not be trapped nor tamed. Your house shall be not an anchor but a mast." ~~ Kahlil Gibran (Book: Prophet)


 "It is when your spirit goes wandering upon the wind,
That you, alone and unguarded commit a wrong into other and therefore, into yourself." ~~ Kahlil Gibran (Book: Prophet)

 "For you can only be, free when even the desire of seeking freedom becomes a harness to you, and you cease to speak of freedom as a goal and a fulfillment." ~~ Kahlil Gibran (Book: Prophet)

"All things, move within your being in constant half embrace, the desired and the dreaded, the repugnant an d the cherished, the pursued and that which you would escape." ~~ Kahlil Gibran (Book: Prophet)

"Much of your pain is self-chosen." ~~ Kahlil Gibran (Book: Prophet)

"Your heart know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights." ~~ Kahlil Gibran (Book: Prophet)

 "The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed.
The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals." ~~ Kahlil Gibran (Book: Prophet)

"No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge." ~~ Kahlil Gibran (Book: Prophet)

"The teachers who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness.
If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind." ~~ Kahlil Gibran (Book: Prophet)

 "You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts:
And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime." ~~ Kahlil Gibran (Book: Prophet)

"There are those among you who seek the talkative through fear of being alone.
The silence of aloneness reveals to their eyes their naked selves and they would escape." ~~ Kahlil Gibran (Book: Prophet)

"Your daily life is your temple and your religion.
Whenever you enter into it take with you your all." ~~ Kahlil Gibran (Book: Prophet)

"Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate of eternity." ~~ Kahlil Gibran (Book: Prophet)

"You have been told that, even like a chain, you are as weak as your weakest link.
This is but half the truth. You are also as strong as your strongest link." ~~ Kahlil Gibran (Book: Prophet)

"What is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst?
Verily, when good is hungry it seeks food even in dark caves and when it thirsts, it drinks even of dead waters.
You are good when you are one with yourself. Yet when you are not one with yourself you are not evil." ~~ Kahlil Gibran (Book: Prophet)

 "Your body is the harp of your soul,
And it is yours to bring forth sweet music from it or confused sounds." ~~ Kahlil Gibran (Book: Prophet)

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