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?