Thursday, November 3, 2011

Successful Thinking?

     This morning Ian Jukes’ Committed Sardine blog alerted me to John Maxwell’s How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life. More specifically, a link brought me to this slideshow highlighting the main topics of the book. If you don’t feel like clicking over, here’s the list:
·         Figure out where you need to focus your energy, and then use the 80/20 rule
·         Smart thinkers expose themselves to different ideas and types of people
·         It's one thing to have an idea, another to follow through
·         Thoughts need time to develop. Don't just settle on the first thing that comes to mind
·         Smart people collaborate with other smart people
·         Reject popular thinking (which often means not thinking at all)
·         The best thinkers plan ahead, while leaving room for some spontaneity
·         To think differently, do different things
·         To appreciate others' ideas, you need to value other ideas
·         Have an agenda -- for the day, and when you meet with people
·         Reflective thinking gives you perspective and confidence in your decision-making skills
·         Get over negative self talk. Winners think in terms of "I will" and "I can"
·         Creative people are dedicated to ideas
·         Naturally optimistic people find it hard to be realistic thinkers
·         At the end of the day, it's important to remember we can all change the way we think
·         Smart people make good decisions
This, of course, prompted some big, hairy questions:
·         How is success being defined in here?
·         What do I think about each of these items?
·         Can these be taught/learned?
·         If these are common to successful people, and they can be taught, shouldn’t these be near the top of any curriculum?
What do you think?

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