Monday, August 20, 2007

thoughts on thinking

"No one knows what a great leader would have done given a new set of circumstances. There is no tried-and-true formula for success that can be handed down through the generations. To succeed, we must do our own thinking."
- John Maxwell, Today Matters, p.131

"If you want to become a great thinker, you first need to become a good thinker. Before becoming a good thinker, you need to become a thinker. In order to become a thinker, you need to be willing to first produce a bunch of mediocre and downright bad ideas. Only by practicing and developing your thinking daily will your ideas get better. Your thinking ability is determined not by your desire to think, but by your past thinking. To become a good thinker, do more thinking. Once the ideas start flowing, they get better. Once they get better, they keep improving."
- John Maxwell, Today Matters, p.136

"Thought is the original source lf all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and all achievement."
- Claude M. Bristol, The Magic of Believing

"A small man is made up of small thoughts."
- playwrite Victor Hugo

"Capital isn't so important in business. Experience isn't so important. You can get both these things. What is important is ideas. If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there isn't any limit to what you can do with your business and your life."
- industrialist Harvey Firestone

"Every time a person puts an idea across, he finds ten people who thought about it before he did - but they only thought about it."
- author Alfred Montapert

"For me, when an idea hits me, it strikes fire, almost like God speaking. I know that sounds heretical, but there it is. The more time that passes after the idea strikes, the less heat it gives off. I forget parts of it, it doesn't seem as great. Ideas have a short half-life."
- Dave Goetz, founder of CustomZines.com

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