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"The Magic of Thinking Big" By David J. Schwartz, PH.D. - Book Review

This book was a fantastic reminder of literally the most important thing we do - how we think. I have read so many personal development books, they are similar, but repetition is so important. The more I affirm how to think the better, cleaner, and more positive my thoughts are, and the more I attract abundance and positive experiences into my life.

There is always a new little nugget in each book that I learn and can then develop my own ideas and understanding from.

I loved everything in here because it truly is everything I love. The empowerment of our minds. There is no time to fear failure. It's fine to feel it for a moment, but then you have to walk right into your fears.

The way you think truly does create your reality. I can read books about the mind and mindset over and over because we can always have stronger minds.

It teaches you to empower yourself, how to approach others and make new friends, and it explains concepts in a way that you will understand thoroughly and remember.

Not much more to say except unless I say don't bother reading a book.. I highly suggest you read it. I literally manifest everything in my life and it's phenomenal and it's because I read all of these books and use the tools that they provide.


  • "The difference is that Harry thought five times bigger." pg.2

  • Success doesn't demand a price. Every step forward pays a dividend. pg.2

  • Great men are those who see that thoughts rule the world. pg.3

1. believe you can succeed and you will

  • Think doubt and fail. Think victory and succeed. pg.13

  • Your mind is a "thought factory." pg.18

  • fire Mr.Defeat pg.19

  • Walk-in. The door to success is open wider than ever before. Put yourself on record now that you are going to join that select group that is getting what it wants from life. pg.20

How to develop the power of belief
  1. Think success, don't think failure. pg.20

  2. Remind yourself regularly that you are better than you think you are. pg.21

  3. Believe big. pg.21

  4. Following conscientiously and continuously a plan for self-development and growth. pg.22

  5. Observe and experiment pg.23

  6. Your objective is to make successful action habitual. pg.24

2. cure yourself of excusitis, the failure disease

  • excusitis pg.25

  • Thoughts, positive or negative, grow stronger when fertilized with constant repetition. pg.26

The four most common forms of excusitis
  • Healthy excusitis, intelligence excusitis, age excusitis, and luck excusitis. pg.26

  • How to Live 365 Days a Year pg.28

  • The right attitude and one arm will beat the wrong attitude and two arms every time. pg.31

Four things you can do to lick health excusitis
  1. Refuse to talk about your health. pg.31

  2. Refuse to worry about your health. pg.31

  3. Be genuinely grateful that your health is as good as it is. pg.32

  4. Remind yourself often, "it is better to wear out than rust out."pg.32

But you've got to have brains to succeed.
  • two basic errors pg.32

  • We underestimate our own brainpower. pg.32

  • We overestimate the other fellow's brainpower. pg.32

  • The thinking that guides your intelligence is much more important than how much intelligence you may have. pg.33

  • Interest, and enthusiasm, is the critical factor even in science. pg.33

  • Knowledge is power - when you use it constructively. pg.37

  • Knowledge is only potential power. Knowledge is power only when put to use - and then only when the use made of it is constructive. pg.37

  • Einstein taught us a big lesson. He left it was more important to use your mind to think than to use it as a warehouse for facts. pg.37

  • The ability to know how to get information is more important than using the mind as a garage for facts. pg.38

Three ways to cure intelligence excusitis
  1. Never underestimate your own intelligence, and never overestimate the intelligence of others. pg.38

  2. Remind yourself several times daily, "My attitudes are more important than my intelligence." pg.39

  3. The ability to think is of much greater value than the ability to memorize facts. pg.39