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Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work

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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  8,725 ratings  ·  638 reviews
At the heart of John C. Maxwell's brilliant and inspiring book is a simple premise: To do well in life, we must first think well. But can we actually learn new mental habits? Thinking for a Change answers that with a resounding "yes" -- and shows how changing your thinking can indeed change your life. Drawing on the words and deeds of many of the world's greatest leaders a ...more
Paperback, 266 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Center Street (first published January 1st 2003)
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Mark Deson Cuñado It is about the different ways of thinking you should have if you want to be successful.

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Nov 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maxwell is a very good motivator.
However, I am not sure if he has not written this book for people who want to think like Successful People or for MEN who want to think like Successful People.

ONE THING that has really, but really, really bugged me is when he talks about the fact that HE does not have time for the mundane ! Margaret, wonderful, Margaret (that's his wife) takes care of these meaningless things, because Mister's time is WAY too valuable for them !!!

Being a woman, I wonder if that
Word Owl
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There was nothing really new about this book. Maxwell tends to use flowery language in order to cover his redundancies. Truth is, the content of this book would be better suited to the length of a blog post rather than a book. ...more
Apr 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Chapter 1: Understanding the Value of Good thinking
Chapter 2: Realize the Impact of Changed Thinking
Chapter 3: Master the Process of Intentional Thinking
PART II – Eleven thinking skills every successful person needs
Skill 1 – Acquire the Wisdom of Big-Picture Thinking
Skill 2 – Unleash the Potential of Focused Thinking
Skill 3 – Discover the Joy of Creative Thinking
Skill 4 – Recognize the importance of realistic thinking
Skill 5 – Release the power of strategic thinking
Skill 6 – Feel the energy of p
Chad Warner
Jun 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Chad by: Kelly Warner
Shelves: business, non-fiction
This was more motivational than actionable. It's full of good reminders, but I didn't create any to-dos (as I usually do for actionable non-fiction). By the end of the book, I was asking myself, "Am I living the life I've been called to?"

To be fair, I do a lot of reading and listening about mindset. In addition, I was in a community leadership development program last year, went through a "boot camp" for web agency owners earlier this year, and am currently in a mastermind for web agency owners.
Jul 26, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: corporate types and those who want a new framework for thinking... that has its limitations.
I didn't love the book which I thought was really lacking in terms of my needs for a social justice framework and addressing systems of inequality...I also hated his idea that only unsuccessful people make decisions motivated by survival. Obviously a high-income straight white male would say that because he hasn't been forced to struggle in a system formed to oppress him... Obviously survival wouldn't occur to those this society deifies...
Kells Next Read
Even better the second time around. I always feel recharged and re-focused after listening to Mr Maxwell.
Jul 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short and easy to read exceptional and practical book about the importance of thinking! What a concept. well, for me. There is a chapter on each of various types of thinking: big-picture thinking, focused thinking, creative thinking, realistic thinking, strategic thinking, possibility thinking, reflective thinking, questioning popular thinking, benefiting from shared thinking, practicing unselfish thinking and relying on bottom-line thinking. My favorite quote from the book is "the truth will se ...more
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
I think by the time one is 25 or so this book had better not have anything to teach or you r doin' it rwong. I'm 40. So.

However, this might be a good discussion guide for teaching an advanced high school student or someone in their first job.
Rachel Edney
The first book in my quest of wading through an annoying genre for some good ideas
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In How Successful People Think, Maxwell talks about the different types of thinking successful people apply to their everyday lives. The book provides steps on how to change your thinking to elevate your life, and put yourself on the path to whatever you're trying to achieve or succeed in. Success is objective; it will be different for everyone, but in this sense, it's about helping you see the bigger picture for your life.

He defines 11 keys to successful thinking:
1. Seeing the wisdom of big-pic
Loy Machedo
Loy Machedo’s Book Review - How Successful People Think by John Maxwell is another condensed book of Self Improvement / Business where the author tries to summarize the different styles of thinking necessary for success in the Business World.

According to the author the 11 keys to successful thinking:

1. Cultivate Big-Picture Thinking
2. Engage in Focused Thinking
3. Harness Creative Thinking
4. Employ Realistic Thinking
5. Utilize Strategic Thinking
6. Explore Possibility Thinking
7. Learn from Reflect
Rick Yvanovich
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Excellent read. Its the second book I've read by John Maxwell and I find his style very readable which inspires me to read more of his books.
The message in this book resonates with others that I have read such as the Slight Edge and helps hammer home the importance of how you think.
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A carry-on summary that might help you stay on track or loyal to your principles (if they're already included in the book). However, it couldn't have been more elaborated because of the style that the author chose. In a nutshell, a worthy read that might be easily forgotten. ...more
Michael Huang
Usual suspects of good advices: Think outside the box; be empathetic; do not blindly follow group-think; be unselfish; collaborate with others...
Thukten Tashi
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good motivational book. Key to excellence is to focus on few things. We do not need to know 99% of things in life, focus on 1% of thing that gives you return. Indeed! it's worth striving for excellence in few things rather than good performance in many. ...more
Tatiana Argabright
I don't normally write reviews, but I'm going to for this book. I don't want to only state everything I disliked about this book, so I'm going to start with the good:
Maxwell makes some valid points in his book. I don't disagree with the notion that how you think can set you up for success. I also didn't notice any egregious spelling or grammatical errors in the writing, and generally the sentences flowed well.

The bad:
1. The writing. I know I just said the writing flowed well, but that doesn't m
Bar Franek
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Life consists of what a man is thinking about all day"

A short, but thought-provoking book.

This isn't a book that explains how successful people think differently from unsuccessful people, which you might gather from the title. Rather, it explains how to actually think and the different flavors of thinking. Anyone can learn how to think, which is the point of the book, and when you learn this skill you multiply your chances of success- according to the author.

A lot of us, entrepreneurs especia
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wwdb-book-list
Gotta be at least my 2nd-3rd time reading this book, and it's still good. Definitely gets you thinking! So yes, it does exactly what the title says! Lol. Worth the read-all John Maxwell's books are good and easy reads. Simple to understand, always have little outlines for application/further thought. Highly recommended author. Everyone could learn something from him. Or lots of things. He even speaks at our organization once a yr and we love having him! (the love goes both ways, btw ...more
Aug 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Change your thinking, change your life. I think that really sums it up.
Gordon Diver
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for ways to develop your critical thinking and abilities to adapt to an ever changing workplace and indeed world, this is an essential read.
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Ghuraify Alawi
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book. Although most of the stuff is known by most of readers about thinking and success, John Maxwell puts them in a series and perspective that make the reader suddenly say, ah, I should have noticed this.

I liked the coasters about big picture, focus, possibility and unpopular thinking.
Brian Thorson
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Great book worth owning (I used a library copy but will likely buy one now) because it has sections that are valuable to reference in the future.

Simply written in plain language in a way that enables quick understanding, internalization, and application. Recommend.
Crystal Messing
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love love love. Critical thinking laid out for you.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book written in simple language containing great lessons for constant implementation in life.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

If you love some good teaching, this is almost as good as hearing him speak it. Some good reminders for all of us on the power of our thoughts.
Ricardo Garcia
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the practical approaches he gives in this book.
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite good book, elaborating different type of thinking of successful people
Morgan Deane
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: personal-growth
It was interesting! I’ve never thought about all the different kinds of thinking. I enjoyed thinking about it.
Elias Thomase
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read from John C. Maxwell. This book helps my thought process about investing in others and what it means to be a leader. I am honored to have the opportunity to read this book.
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John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 16 million books. His organizations have trained more than 2 million leaders worldwide. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP and INJOY Stewardship Services. Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and audiences as diverse as the United States Military Ac ...more

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