As a Man Thinketh by James Allen was written in 1903. It was one of the first books (if not the first) to explore the concept of the power of thought. It shows how we each hold the key to our own success and happiness by what we choose to focus our thoughts on.
How much money you make, your net worth, your income, your success and even your happiness are all related to your mind and how you think and your thoughts. When you first hear this your initial reaction will be “no way that cannot be”. Don’t worry that is what I thought too when I first picked up a copy of this book.
I encourage you to download this free copy of this book and read it. you can read this entire book in just 30 minutes. If you read this book (I hope you do) then when you are done read Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and the Power of Positive Thinking.
If you read these 3 books and really understand and believe this concept then this is what will happen: :
If you don’t believe me, then read all 3 books and tell me AFTER you have read all 3 books if you agree with me!
Please keep in mind that this book was written over 100 years ago so it addresses men (as a man thinketh) because woman didn’t work 100 years ago. Don’t let that fool you into thinking that this book could not be relevant today. When I read this book, I put it down and spent two hours thinking about what I had just read. And then I read the book again! This book literally changed my life.
After reading this book I read “Think and Grow Rich” and then I read “Rich Dad Poor Dad”. And then my life changed as I started learning about real estate and investing in real estate and became a real estate investor. Your life can change too but YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE YOUR LIFE CAN CHANGE AND THAT STARTS WITH MINDSET.
I work with coaching students all of the time that have limited mindset. They tell me that they make $50,000 a year and they want to quit their job. I ask them how much they would like to make and most of them tell me if they could make what they make now and did not need to work they would be happy. My response is always the same. Why do you set the bar so low? Do you not want to make $150,000? How about $250,000 or $500,000? Their eyes light up for a second but then they dim as they say something like “Oh I don’t think I am that smart” or “I don’t think I could really make that much”, or “I don’t need that much to be happy”.
Do you see why it is all about mindset? If you don’t believe you can make more than $150,000 per year then I promise you that you will never make more than $150,000 per year. Henry Ford had a saying “If you believe you can or you believe you can’t you are right”.
Mindset is everything. And if you want to become a wealthy real estate investor and a millionaire the first place you need to start is with your mind. You need to believe that you are capable of becoming a millionaire And that will take reading, and training and learning.
This was one of the first books to show that what we think about is what we become.
Napoleon Hill took this concept and expounded upon it in the Book Think and Grow Rich. His saying “what the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve” is directly related to the concept of how your thoughts shape your actions. You need to believe that you can achieve what you want.
Believing is very different from dreaming (like hoping to win the lottery ticket). Muhammad Ali believed he was the heavyweight champion of the world BEFORE he was the heavyweight champion of the world.
The title of this book As A Man Thinketh is influenced 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”
Some of my favorite quotes from this book are:
“Men (and women) do not attract what they want, but what they are.”
“A man (or women) is literally what he or she thinks, his/her character being the complete sum of all his/her thoughts.”
“Men (and women) are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves, they therefore remain bound to their current circumstances”.
“Every action and feeling is preceded by a thought.”
“Right thinking begins with the words we say to ourselves.”0
Well it turns out a lot more than you think (no pun intended).
Have you ever said to yourself: “”Its not possible to buy real estate with no money down”, or “I will buy real estate when interest rates come down” or, I want to buy a property but I don’t have good credit”, or “I want to buy real estate but I don’t have enough cash to get started”, or I can’t find any deals”, “There is too much competition”. “Direct Mail Doesn’t Work” etc.
If you have then recognize and understand that it is your thinking and how you think that is creating your problem!
Instead you should be asking yourself: “How do I buy real estate with no money down”, “How can I fix my credit”, “How can I buy real estate with no down payment”, “How do I find deals?”, “How Do I Get Direct Mail To Work”.
Try this exercise for yourself and you will see amazing results.
But first read the book!
You can download a complete PDF copy of this book at the link below (click on it)