How Successful People Think Chapter 9

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Success Notes of the Day: Chapter 9 Benefit from Shared Thinking

How Successful People Think By John C. Maxwell

“If you want to learn a new skill quickly, how do you do it? Do you go off by yourself, and figure it out, or do you get someone to show you how?”

“To accept good advice is but to increase one’s own ability… It’s like harnessing two horses to pull a wagon. They are stronger pulling together than either is individually. But did you know that when they pull together, they can move more weight than the sum of what they can move individually? Energy comes from working together. That same kind of energy comes into play when people think together.”

Do you trust the judgments and ideas of others?

If you tend to not, consider the following: “People who lack confidence and worry about their status, position, or power tend to reject the ideas of others, protect their turf, and keep people at bay. It takes a secure person to consider others ideas.”

Something else to consider is that : “you won’t value the ideas of a person if you don’t value and respect the person himself or herself.”

Who are you surrounding yourself with? Are they people worthy of strategically thinking with?


Take a couple minutes and explore your level of trust and openness that you have to the ideas of others and how often you engage in shared thinking?

Would it benefit you to engage in shared thinking more often?

Quotes from: John C. Maxwell, How Successful People Think (New York: Center Street, 2009) 94-95, 97-98.

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