Some of the key takeaways from this book are:
- If you believe you can succeed, you will.
- Fear explains why millions of people accomplish little and enjoy little
- Actions cure fear. Indecision, postponement on the other hand, fertilize fear
- To think confidently and act confidently - be a front seater, make eye contact, walk 25% faster, speak up, smile big
- We do not think in words and phrases, we think only in pictures and/or images.
- Successful person doesn't ask "Can I do it better?". He knows he can. So, he phrases the question "How can I do it better?"
- Big people monopolize the listening. Small people monopolize the talking.
- The test of a successful person is not an ability to eliminate all problems before they arise, but to meet and work out difficulties when they do arise.
- People who tell you it cannot be done almost always are unsuccessful people, are strictly average, or mediocre at best in terms of accomplishments.
- A wise man will be the master of his mind. A fool will be its slave.
I enjoyed reading this book. David Schwartz corroborates his thoughts and suggestions with wonderful stories. You can apply his practical ideas even to change some of your perpetual habits. This book is really a motivation booster and forces you to get into action. It stimulates your positive thinking/attitude and alleges you not to make negative impressions about people/ideas/beliefs. The book affirms that successful people constantly involve in self-development.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to be successful and is looking for a motivation booster.
Author's website: http://www.davidschwartz.com/