Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Review: How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell

In a time when too many people act first and think later, I sincerely hope that thinking is making a comeback.

When I finished reading this book, I immediately thought of half a dozen people who would love it. All six of those people are successful, and are most likely already thinkers themselves. Still, it can't hurt to fine-tune your skills!

How Successful People Think is divided into 11 parts, each focusing on a different method of thinking, and the skills in which to master them and put them into practice.

I have to admit, when I began reading this book, I found myself reading the words, but not understanding the meaning until I came to the chapter entitled "Harness Creative Thinking" and read about the creativity killers. It was that "Aha!" moment for me in which I took everything in this book and put a goal behind it.

If you have a goal, whether it be to write a novel, start your own business or to change your life in a big way, you should read this book with your specific goals in mind. Then you will be able to take Maxwell's tutorial and put it into practice.

I am one of those people who read and enjoy books like The Wisdom of Teams, The Tipping Point, and Who Stole My Cheese?, so this book is not too far out of my comfort zone.

Why should someone want to read this book?

"Good thinkers rarely find themselves at the mercy of ruthless people who would take advantage of them or try to deceive them, people like Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, who once boasted, 'What luck for rulers that men do not think.'"

For more visit John Maxwell On Leadership

About This Book:

How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life by John C. Maxwell
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Center Street (June 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1599951681
ISBN-13: 978-1599951683

A review copy of this book was furnished by Hachette Book Group.


Elisabeth said...

Alison - First let me thank you for the time you spent on BBB. What a delight to get up this morning to all of your posts! And, it seems we have pretty similar taste, not only in books, but in reading theory.

Back to the subject at hand...this looks like a great book. I'm a part of a women's affinity group at work, and I plan to recommend this as our next group read. Thanks for the post!

Scott said...

What makes Maxwell so engaging as an author and as a celebrity speaker is his ability to take complex or overwhelming concepts and break them down so that they are easily digestible...and everyone leaves feeling like, "Hey, I can do that!"


Books for Learning said...

I like John Maxwell's books. I think this would make a nice gift for my DH. I was wondering...how do you get the "You might like" icons at the bottom? I really like that. It makes it easier to navigate. Thanks.

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