How Successful People Think Chapter 4

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Success Notes of the Day: Chapter 4 Employ Realistic Thinking

How Successful People Think By John C. Maxwell


“Anytime you have thought through the worst that can happen and you have developed contingency plans to meet it, you become more confident and more secure. It’s reassuring to know that you are unlikely to be surprised. Disappointment is the difference between expectations and reality. Realistic thinking minimizes the difference between the two.”

When have you taken risks that if you would thought all the way through you maybe wouldn’t have. That’s exactly what Maxwell is saying here. Take risks and make sure they are calculated risks and you know all sides

“President Harry S Truman said, “I never give ‘em hell. I just tell the truth and they think it is hell.” That’s the way many people react to the truth. People tend to exaggerate their successes and minimize their failures or deficiencies.”


“In other words, the truth will set you free-but first it will make you angry! If you want to become a realistic thinker, however, you need to get comfortable dealing with the truth and face up to it.”


Isn’t that the truth?



Today, what can you acknowledge as the truth that you haven’t wanted to see before?

What are you going to do different with your new truth?


Quotes from: John C. Maxwell, How Successful People Think (New York: Center Street, 2009), pages 41-43.

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