Book Review: How Successful People Think by John Maxwell

“Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things.” – The Apostle Paul.

“Everything begins with a thought. Life consists of what a man is thinking all day” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

‘How Successful People Think’  is a quick straight to the point book that highlights 11 keys to successful thinking and they include;

1. Cultivate Big-Picture Thinking
2. Engage in Focused Thinking
3. Harness Creative Thinking
4. Employ Realistic Thinking
5. Utilize Strategic Thinking
6. Explore Possibility Thinking
7. Learn from Reflective Thinking
8. Question Popular Thinking
9. Benefit from Shared Thinking
10. Practice Unselfish Thinking
11. Rely on Bottom-Line Thinking

Maxwell elaborates on these 11 keys by stating quotes from famous people, giving tips on how to apply these types of thinking and what one would gain by cultivating the habit of thinking. In his usual way, the author has succeeded in motivating me towards being deliberate in my thinking especially in the areas of possibility thinking and shared thinking. I plan to put all these types of thinking into practice and hope to grow more successful in all my endeavors.

The downside of this book is that I would have loved it if the author had elaborated more  on each of the thinking types as I found it more informative than a “how to” book. Besides that, I liked everything about it. It was a quick read which can serve as a springboard towards helping you think like a successful person. I recommend it to everyone and I rate it a 3.5 stars.

Published: June 1st 2009 by Center Street

Pages: 127

Genre: Non-Fiction (Self Help)

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The Author: John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 16 million books. His organizations have trained more than 2 million leaders worldwide. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP and INJOY Stewardship Services. Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and audiences as diverse as the United States Military Academy at West Point, the National Football League, and ambassadors at the United Nations. A New York Times , Wall Street Journal , and Business Week best-selling author, Maxwell was named the World’s Top Leadership Guru by He was also one of only 25 authors and artists named to’s 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame. Three of his books, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership , Developing the Leader Within You , and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader have each sold over a million copies.



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