As A Man Thinketh: Ultra Condensed Cliffnotes #20

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Below are my personal notes of As A Man Thinketh. These highlights were what I used to write my personal development book, Wiser Next Week, a condensation of many different self improvement books


  • What is our experience of life, but the sum total of our thoughts over time? We literally are our thoughts
  • You are the master of your own mind, the author of your own character, and thus the maker of your own destiny


  • Character is simply the sum of our thoughts. And character manifests itself in our environment and through our circumstances. So, the outer condition of your life is always a reflection of your inner state
  • We are responsible for where we are. Who we are has brought us here
  • Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts, bad fruit
  • Suffering is to teach, strengthen and purify
  • You cannot directly choose your circumstances, but by changing your thoughts, you can indirectly reshape your circumstances
  • Circumstances do not shape us so much as they reveal us
  • Lasting success cannot be built on the backs of discontented, disloyal, overworked, underproductive employees


  • Diet and exercise begin in the mind. What will you eat? How will you move your body? Your dominant thoughts determine the answers
  • There is no better medicine than cheerful thought for curing and preventing bodily ills


  • Concentrate on doing your job as well as you can, however insignificant it may seem
  • This will develop and expand your ability to take on greater goals in the future


  • Those who give little accomplish little, those who give much accomplish much, those who give the most become the greatest


  • The ignorant, seeing only the outward results and not the internal processes behind them, chalk up everything to chance and fate
  • They don’t see the struggles, they only see the success
  • The vision that you hold in your mind, the ideal that you cherish in your heart, this you will build your life by, and this you will become

If these brief notes, peaked your interest in As A Man Thinketh , you can check it out on Amazon here.

And be sure to check out my book, Wiser Next Week.

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The Magic of Thinking Big: Ultra Condensed Cliff Notes #1

Millionaire Fastlane: Ultra Condensed Cliff Notes #2

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Ultra Condensed Cliffnotes #3

30 Lessons for Living: Tried & True Advice from the Wisest Americans: Ultra Condensed Cliff Notes #4

Awaken the Giant Within: Ultra Condensed Cliff Notes #5

The End of Jobs: Ultra Condensed Cliffnotes #6

Slipstream Time Hacking: Ultra Condensed Cliffnotes #7

Think and Grow Rich: Ultra Condensed Cliffnotes #8

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion: Ultra Condensed Cliffnotes #9

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success: Ultra Condensed Cliffnotes #10

The Obstacle is the Way: Ultra Condensed Cliffnotes #11

Meditations: Ultra Condensed Cliffnotes #12

Why Loyalty Matters: Ultra Condensed Cliffnotes #13

Walden: Ultra Condensed Cliffnotes #14

Self Reliance and Other Essays: Ultra Condensed Cliffnotes #15

Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable: Ultra Condensed Cliffnotes #16

Letters From A Stoic: Ultra Condensed Cliffnotes #17

On the Shortness of Life: Ultra Condensed Cliffnotes #18

Principles Life & Work: Ultra Condensed Cliffnotes #19

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