- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Capstone; 1 edition (December 22, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857085859
- ISBN-13: 978-0857085856
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The Little Book of Thinking Big Paperback – December 22, 2014
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From the Back Cover
It pays to think big
This little book will set you on your way to big things. Bigger ideas, bigger answers and bigger plans than you've ever had before. About who you are, what you want, what you're doing and where you're going.
Thinking big is not just for dreams and fairy tales. Your mind has awesome potential and boundless ambition. How you use that potential will steer and shape your life. Think small and that is the life you will have. Think bigger and you will never limit yourself.
Ignore the manual
Let yourself be unshackled from the busyness of life and all the noisy small stuff. Demolish the barriers of narrow thinking, expand your frontiers and you'll overshoot your current reality by a distance.
Whether you have an ambition to be somewhere, a passion for something, an appetite to change direction or a problem to solve, thinking bigger is your route to success. It will grow your ambition, your art, your business or any aspect of your life.
Get your imagination and determination flowing. Who knows where you could end up?
'It pays to think big. This small book will set you on your way'
Tim Davie, CEO BBC Worldwide
'Serious mind food that upsizes your thinking. A must read, but also a fun read: damn that Richard Newton!'
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'Chock full of inspiration and advice to find your next big idea'
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Newton has the significant advantage of calling upon extensive research in neuroscience that was not available to Schwartz 55 years ago. (However, there have been two updated editions of the Schwartz book but the key insights and recommendations remain the same, as has human nature.) Aristotle observed long ago, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." Perhaps Newton had that thought in mind when developing these "Nine Habits of Thinking Big," accompanied by my annotations:
1. Swim Don't Float [or Sink]: Keep moving (especially in rough water) and in the right direction. Not all change is progress but no change, no movement, is stagnation. Newton also warns against being carried along by what others think and do.
2. Clear Some (Head) Space: Mental clutter accumulates fast and obstructs and/or distracts focused thinking. F. Scott Fitzgerald once suggested that "the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." That's two ideas, not several dozen. Whenever I need to clear my mind, I take a brisk walk or listen to Glenn Gould's performance Bach's Goldberg Variations.
3. Feed Your Mind: The human mind really does have a sponge-like capacity that can be increased substantially. I "feed" mine with what I learn from others' minds but, daily, I also concentrate on strengthening certain cognitive skills. Each human life is a work-in-progress, with attitudes and behavior guided by habits. Many people are mentally and/or spiritually anorexic.
4. Notice Things: We tend to see so much but notice so much less. Yogi Berra: "You can observe a lot by just watching."
5. Change Reality (...Don't Deny It): In other words, replace an unacceptable reality with one that is worthy of what you value, perhaps even cherish.
6. Have a Big Ego and a Small Ego: This is a paradox. Newton's comments remind me of Socrates' response when told that he was the wisest man in the world. "If so, it is because all I know is that I know nothing." Only someone with both a big ego and small ego could say that.
7. Know Your Weapon: The term "weapon" has several meanings. Newton's point is that we need to be able to attack but also to defend. Perhaps it is having highly developed inductive and deductive skills or it could be a refusal to remain silent during a moral crisis.
8. Travel Light: No excess mental "baggage." There is much to be said for following lean thinking principles that include constant pruning. What Ernest Hemingway once characterized as "a built-in, shock-proof crap detector" will also come in handy. You get the idea.
9. Twang: Somewhat similar to a "Eureka!" moment. Newton characterizes it as a "click." During more than 20 years of classroom teaching, I could see it in the eyes of certain students: they "got it" when others didn't.
Richard Newton provides in this "little book" an abundance of invaluable information, insights, and counsel (his and others') that can help many of those who read the book to "aim higher and go further than [they] ever thought possible." Yes, the material is remarkably informative but also very entertaining. I read it and then re-read it twice before embarking on the composition of this brief commentary. Each time I either learned something new or understood something better. Bravo!
I loved this book. It is easy to read and jammed packed full of great practical ideas and tips.
I kept having to put the book down to jot down new ideas that I wanted to implement straight away. Less than 24 hours later I have already used some of them successfully to take a new business venture to the next level.
If you want to take your business, your thinking and your life to the next level then this book is a must read.