I just finished The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz and I’m so glad I finally decided to pick it up. It’s been one that has been in my book wish list on Amazon for forever and finally I bought it and gave it a chance. I also had it on my summer reading list, so it meant I definitely had to make it a priority.
Also, anyone else prefer real books over ebooks?! There’s nothing better than being able to hold it in your hand. Not like I don’t love ebooks too, definitely more handy when your on the go or traveling, but if at all possible I’ll get a paperback or hardcover. I hate reading on my iPad in the morning or at night, so it’s just always been a preference for me. I was also glad I got a hard-copy of this one since there were so many lines I ended up highlighting or writing next to.
The main premise of the book is that the one thing you need in order to succeed is the right mentality. With positive and big thinking, you can make anything possible. As long as you do truly believe it is possible then you will work in the right direction in order to make that belief come to life.
In order to prove this point, Schwartz doesn’t use a lot of scientific studies or data, but stories and examples to show the real life application. The book is written back in the 50’s, so some of the examples are a little outdated (most people would think $15,000 isn’t a salary to think positively about), but the ideas are something that doesn’t age.
I’m pretty sure each morning that I picked up this book, I was able to relate what I read to my life after I put it down for the day. The book really goes in to the little attitude changes that you can do right away in order to see results. Everything from thinking creatively, dealing with defeat, goals, and your own self image is covered. I felt like I was working on being a little bit stronger mentally every time I read a little bit further.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has big goals and feels like they need a little extra push. Anyone who sees where they want to go, because after reading this I think it’s 100% necessary to think the right way before you can make it happen. I think this is a book that I’m going to revisit every year, it’s something I can imagine finding new takeaways each time I open it up and have different things stand out.
What’s your favorite book of the summer so far?!