How Successful People Think Essay

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How Successful People Think
John C. Maxwell

Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

Summarized by permission of the publisher, Center Street, New York, New York. All rights reserved. ©2009 by John C. Maxwell ISBN: 978-1-59995-168-3

Introduction
In all aspects of life, from the professional world to family interactions, good thinkers help solve problems. For 40 years, John C. Maxwell has studied and analyzed successful people and how they think. He has concluded that the way successful people approach the thought process is a key differentiator. In How Successful People Think, Maxwell discusses the 11 skills that good thinkers exhibit
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Through lifelong learning, big picture thinkers are able to connect ideas that appear at first glance to be unrelated to one another. Big picture thinking is beneficial for people who want to become leaders. Good leaders are able to create a compelling vision, map a path for attaining that vision, and seize the right moment to proceed. Big picture thinking also keeps tasks on target. When activities are viewed in the context of the big picture, it is possible to see what the right tasks are to attack next. Maxwell believes that big picture thinkers are better able to see things from other people’s point of view and are also better able to work in a team. He states that seeing the big picture is the only way for a person or organization to move into unfamiliar territory. Big picture thinkers exhibit the following traits: • They do not require certainty. When dealing with complicated ideas, it is necessary to accept some degree of ambiguity. They learn from every experience. It is essential to learn from both successes and failures. They gain insight from many different people. Important insights can be gained from customers, employees, co-workers, and company leaders. They are not afraid to expand their world. Although

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