As a Man, Thinketh was published in 1903, written by James Allen. The title of the book was inspired by a verse in the Bible from the Book of Proverbs, chapter 23, verse 7: “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he”. James Allen’s words still resonate today, that’s the reason every single approach he talked about is practical in today’s world. Maybe because he wrote about the very nature of consciousness.
This book is of around 80 pages. Ah, you must be thinking that you can complete this in an hour or so but sorry to burst the bubble, this book will force you to think about your thoughts. And decoding the hidden message of the writer is not easy if reading you are really into or maybe I am just dumb. 😛
There are 7 short chapters, explaining on how our thoughts define who we are. I almost highlighted the entire book.
The key point of the book:
Our thoughts create us.
- A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.
- Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bad fruit.
Become a master gardener of your mind.
- Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts.
Luck does not determine our life.
- There is no element of chance, but all is the result of a law which cannot err.
The magic of thinking big.
- Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become.
We reap what we sow, many know this but hardly implement it.
- Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results; bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results. We understand this law in the natural world, and work with it; but few understand it in the mental and moral world—although its operation there is just as simple and undeviating—and they, therefore, do not cooperate with it.
Play the blame game or take action.
- A man only begins to be a man when he ceases to whine and revile and commences to search for the hidden justice which regulates his life. And he adapts his mind to that regulating factor, he ceases to accuse others as the cause of his condition, and builds himself up in strong and noble thoughts; ceases to kick against circumstances, but begins to use them as aids to his more rapid progress, and as a means of the hidden powers and possibilities within himself.
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