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The Magic of Thinking Big
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The Magic of Thinking Big

Learn to think positively and live happily

First published in 1959, The Magic of Thinking Big is still considered a self-help classic today. Created as a guide, it stimulates positive and creative thinking. The power of thought is  extraordinary, but it needs to be trained and cultivated using specific exercises. From awareness to enthusiasm, from the ability to listen, to the ability to put abstract thoughts into practice, to being able to transform defeat into opportunity, this book accompanies the reader on a journey towards a better life. In fact, the key to success lies in the way we think. To do this, we need to free ourselves from negative thought patterns and bad habits to embrace the lightness of thinking big.

The Magic of Thinking Big
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Thinking big is the true key to success

There is something magical about thinking big. It is not about magic potions, but about the ability to transform one’s reality through thought.

After all, each of us is a product of thought in relation to what surrounds us. Small thoughts shape mediocre men, big thoughts shape successful men.

It is in the name of success that man should strive to think big. Success does not only mean achieving a position of honour in the workplace, it is not just about external recognition or having a nice home, the opportunity to travel and have a nice holiday, having financial security or enjoying the admiration of others. Success means having true freedom.

You are free when you have no worries, frustrations, or failures to overcome. You are free when you are happy and satisfied with the environment in which you live. Success is therefore a point of arrival, favoured by a level of awareness that is acquired over time. This is why  being successful coincides with being someone that people might refer to as a ‘winner’.

It's not even about luck or being in the right place at the right time. The path to success is built day after day with hard work.

Thinking big means preparing, planning, and thinking about success, which, in turn, produces success. It can be reached through 13 steps.


The key ideas of "The Magic of Thinking Big"

Thinking big is the true key to success
Being present and visualising the future to focus your objectives: thoughts create
Small daily exercises to train yourself to think big
A person is the sum of their thoughts
Once we have established the habit of thinking big, we need to learn to keep it going
Taking action prevents fear from taking over
Developing a ten-year action plan to become a successful person
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