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How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life [Kindle Edition]

John C. Maxwell
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)

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Gather successful people from all walks of life-what would they have in common? The way they think! Now you can think as they do and revolutionize your work and life!

A Wall Street Journal bestseller, HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE THINK is the perfect, compact read for today's fast-paced world. America's leadership expert John C. Maxwell will teach you how to be more creative and when to question popular thinking. You'll learn how to capture the big picture while focusing your thinking. You'll find out how to tap into your creative potential, develop shared ideas, and derive lessons from the past to better understand the future. With these eleven keys to more effective thinking, you'll clearly see the path to personal success.

Editorial Reviews


"If you want to go places you've never been before-you have to think in ways you've never thought before. This book will teach you how!" (Ken Blanchard, coauthor of 'The One Minute Manager' and 'Whale Done!' on Thinking For A Change )

"Maintaining an encouraging tone and a down-to-earth writing style honed from his more than thirty previous titles, Maxwell details the impact and practical value of eleven kinds of thinking..." (Publishers Weekly on Thinking for a Change )

"Masterful...Will change the way you think. I encourage you to buy it now." (James M. Kouzes, coauthor of 'The Leadership Challenge' on Thinking for a Change )

About the Author

John C. Maxwell is an internationally respected leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold more than 19 million books. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP, a non-profit organization that has trained more than 5 million leaders in 126 countries worldwide. Each year he speaks to the leaders of diverse organizations, such as Fortune 500 companies, foreign governments, the National Football League, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and the United Nations. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best-selling author, Maxwell has written three books that have sold more than a million copies: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. His blog can be read at He can be followed at

Product Details

  • File Size: 677 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1599951681
  • Publisher: Center Street; 1 edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00199RHE8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,779 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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98 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Book By Maxwell June 26, 2009
"How Successful People Think" by John Maxwell is a great little book and a timely read, particularly in a day where media and others encourage us to follow our feelings almost to the exclusion of thinking.

The book covers thinking in several areas:

1. Focused thinking.
2. Creative thinking.
3. Realistic thinking.
4. Strategic thinking.
5. Possibility thinking.
6. Reflective thinking.
7. Question Popular Thinking.
8. Shared thinking.
9. Unselfish thinking (get outside yourself!).
10. Bottom-Line thinking.

Each chapter is around 10 pages and usually contains the following that applies to the area of thinking being discussed:

1. Sayings by famous people.
2. Benefits of the particular type of thinking.
3. Principles to apply to improve your thinking in that area.

This is not one of those "touchy-feely" books designed to make you feel good about yourself. If that is what you are looking for, then do not bother to read.

Instead, if you want to improve your thinking in any of several areas, then this book is for you. The narrative flows freely and contains great information to inspire and challenge you.

Read, enjoy, and be challenged. Highly recommended!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You must out think your competition April 4, 2011
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In today's competitive global marketplace, to win we must outwit, out maneuver and out think the competition. The world changes daily and new thinking is critical to success in both one's personal and professional life. Dr. Maxwell reminds us of a statement made by Albert Einstein, "Thinking is hard work; that's why so few do it."

What Dr. Maxwell does is show us how to make successful critical thinking a daily habit. That, of course, isn't going to happen just by reading this book. It is going to happen because one uses this book daily as a "hand book." It is the right size to easily keep with you in your computer case, keep on your desk and to grab and thumb through revisiting ideas and points on a consistent basis.

I bought a copy for every member of my team. We have been going over a chapter a week in our sales meetings. I recommend it for all sales professionals, managers, entrepreneurs...anyone who wants to up their game!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and amazing June 23, 2011
By Kumaran
I have read a good number of books by John C Maxwell. I feel this is the best book to start with if you are planning to follow Maxwell's book. The case study in each chapter is mind blowing. The exercises are very simple and intuitive. I enjoyed reading each and every page of this book. This book is very simple and comprehensive for even people who are not in leadership position. Great job by Maxwell.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a quick read, but a life changer! April 27, 2013
John C. Maxwell's book titled How Successful People Think Workbook has altered my life path for the better, opened up new possibilities for me, and provided new ways to organize thought processes--all after a 1 ½ day read of the entire book's content!

Maxwell, himself a sincere individual who once served as a pastor, provides and describes eleven delightful categories of thinkers: Big-Picture Thinker, Focused Thinker, Creative Thinker, Realistic Thinker, Strategic Thinker, Possibility Thinker, Reflective Thinker, Unpopular Thinking (in a good way), Shared Thinker, Unselfish Thinker, and Bottom-Line Thinker. His objective is to encourage the reader to develop all eleven areas of thinking to the reader's advantage.

Near the beginning of the book, Maxwell introduces a survey which helps to identify in what type of thinking the reader is either strong or weak. From there, each chapter delves into one particular area of thinking. The structure of the book is further broken down into a story or anecdote to illustrate the type of thinking, along with questions pertaining to the particular mode of thinking, ideas on how to become more like that particular thinker, the nature of that type of thinking, and so forth.

One of the more delightful characteristics of the book is how everything ties in nicely together. For instance, Maxwell posits that, although certain types of thinking may seem contradictory, such as Creative versus Realistic thinking, they can work well in tandem at different stages.

It should be stated that what I personally gained from spending a day and a half reading the entirety of the book is phenomenal.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the beef? November 17, 2011
By DSC46
Nothing new here.

Also no credible evidence that "successful" people (never defined) owe their success to the approaches that Maxwell likes. He only gives us anecdotes, and we can all think of counter-examples. Sure, successful people may think in ways that he lists. So do unsuccessful people.

This book might be food for thought for some people. It's definitely a money-maker that didn't involve much thought.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
A significant addition to the `must read' library of any aspiring business manager or entrepreneur, whether ceding small or larger scales, Maxell's How Successful People Think outlines exactly what the title suggests. Not only does he do this, however, he also advices his readers how they might also learn to think about their business (albeit clinical, corporate, commercial, personal, even spiritual), in such a way as to enhance the likelihood of success. This text would certainly make a great gift for anyone thought by others to not yet have achieved their much sought after `success' ! Although the current reviewer has not seen the print version, the content of this audiobook presentation covers territory that will be familiar to the reader of `how to xxx' and other `tips for business development without tears'-type books, organised by Maxwell as readily digestible `lists' of whys and hows with respect to 11 categories of thinking expertise.

Presented as 42 parts over 3 audio CDs, each part lasts 4-5 minutes, and covers an introductory section (Why Change Thinking, and How to Become a Better Thinker) followed by the 11 thinking style chapters. Each `thinking' chapter then uses the same format (why do this kind of thinking, thereafter, how to do that of thinking), reminiscent of Tom Peter's `Essentials Series', with its lists of key points to think about, and remember. Such a format lends the listener (if not the reader ?) to require considerable concentration and note taking, but with easy replay/review as each part is relatively short.
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John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, coach, and author who has sold over 19 million books. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP and the John Maxwell Company, organizations that have trained more than 5 million leaders worldwide. Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and organizations as diverse as the United States Military Academy at West Point, the National Football League, and the United Nations. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best-selling author, Maxwell has written three books which have each sold more than one million copies: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. You can find him at and follow him at


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