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Book Pages is a weekend series where we share pages from our favorite books, so you can take a peak and decide if you want more.

Today’s featured book is How Successful People Think, Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life, a workbook by John C. Maxwell, a New York Times bestselling author.

The workbook is packed with questions, exercises, case studies and actions steps to take you from a passive thinker to a successful thinker.  This practical but powerful small book outlines 11 types of thinking that will surely revolutionize the way you think about the small and big things in life (and work).

You’ll learn how to:

  • Cultivate Big-Picture Thinking
  • Engage in Focused Thinking
  • Harness Creative Thinking
  • Employ Realistic Thinking
  • Utilize Strategic Thinking
  • Explore Possibility Thinking
  • Learn from Reflective Thinking
  • Question Popular Thinking
  • Benefit from Shared Thinking
  • Practice Unselfish Thinking
  • Rely on Bottom-Line Thinking

Here’s an abstract from the Question Popular Thinking chapter:

There are many good reasons for questioning popular thinking and many benefits that come from it. Here are a few:

1. Popular Thinking Sometimes Means Not Thinking

My friend Kevin Meyers sums up the idea of popular thinking by saying, ‘The problem with popular thinking is that it doesn’t require you to think at all.’  If you accept common wisdom without question, it means you didn’t think about it.

Good thinking is hard work.  If it were easy, everybody would be  a good thinker.  Unfortunately, many people try to live life the easy way.  They don’t want to do the hard work of thinking or pay the prices of success.  It’s easier to do what other people do and hope that they thought it out.

Look at the stock market recommendations of some experts.  By the time they publish their picks, the opportunity has already passed.  The people who are going to make money on the stocks they recommend have already done so by the time the general public hears about it.  When people blindly follow a trend, they’re not doing their own thinking.

In what areas of your life do you take too many things for granted without investigating them yourself?  What should you do differently to address it?

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Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Dr. Perez-Litwin is the Founder & CEO of ELLA Leadership Institute, a multi-platform professional development organization designed to advance the careers and leadership of women. She's the creative force behind the LATINAS THINK BIG™ national tour, sponsored and live-streamed by Google.

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