Self made millionaires are not born, they are made. And the focal point of nearly every modern day millionaire is what they have read and how it has influenced them. Some books passed on during their formative years have had such a profound influence on these people that they accredit such books are their Philosopher’s Stone. One such book has been promoted for over a century as the key to success for countless wealth creators, this book is As a Man Thinketh by James Allen.
Tony Robbins, best selling author and success coach to presidents, business men and celebrities has been quoted as saying he has read this book at least a dozen times. He recommends it to every person he meets because its “easy to read and yet so profound”. Published in 1902, is was considered by Inc.com as one of the most motivational books of all time. It teaches the mastering of mind and the power to turn dreams into reality. Allen’s classic focuses on key points that every successful entrepreneur must learn.
Think big. "Dream big dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become," writes Allen. In order for a ship to find its destination, needs a map and your dreams are that map. As a Man Thinketh is the stars that you can use to chart your course through rough waters and calm until your have that harbor of your success in sight. Setting a goal to aim for is essential to achieving your goals in life. All successful people have a clear direction for their life, creating first in the mind as dreams.
Destiny is in your control Become self-reliant, stop believing your success is in the hand of fate. You control your destiny, if you do not believe this then you are set for failure. "Man is made or unmade by himself," writes Allen. "In the armoury of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself; he also fashions the tools with which he builds himself for heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace."
Luck is where opportunity meets preparation.
We must get control of our thoughts to control the circumstances of our lives. James Allen teaches us in As a Man Thinketh how to get back control of our thoughts to overcome doubt and fear. Positively controlling your thoughts as taught by Allen will pave the way to success. Without this key lesson you can not succeed.
Cultivate your garden Allen, like Robbins, know the power of positive thinking. In As a Man Think, Allen sees the mind as a garden. You can choose to let your garden grow wild and weed filled or your can maintained it with the right seeds (thought) and purposeful boundaries. Allen teaches us to become the "master gardener" of your soul and the director of your life. One good thought like a seed will grow and multiply so create a garden with your thoughts and let your mind bloom in the summer of your personal story.