MKMMA Week 21 – The Magic of Thinking Big

This was one of the earliest self-development book I read, shortly after my initial introduction to Think and Grow Rich, thirty-some years ago. David J. Schwartz’ book was a bit fresher and more contemporary at that time (and on reflection, so was I) but the core concepts are still valid and are what has raised the book to the self help “classic” level.

I wasn’t familiar with Haanel at the time, but Schwartz clearly sought to re-interpret the concepts in The Master Key and Think and Grow Rich, as have most self development speakers and authors since then.

Perhaps this isn’t so much a case of trailing along on the skirts of the classic as it is a testament to the concepts presented by Haanel and others as being fundamental to who we are and how we work as humans. Many if not all of the thoughts expressed by Haanel are found in philosophies and teachings dating back to early Christianity, Judaism, the ancient Greeks and before. (And yet here we are, three, four thousand years later still trying to figure it and ourselves out.)

One of the concepts not so much introduced for the first time but emphasized in chapter 21 of The Master Key is that of thinking big thoughts. That large ideas tend to over shadow smaller ideas, both eliminating obstacles to our realizing our objectives. This goes back to and reinforces my observations of recent weeks, that focusing on trying to consciously figure out the “how to” in achieving our ideals stands in the way of realizing the larger ultimate goal.

There are times when I begin reading a new weekly chapter that I feel like the content is repeating ideas already introduced. Then I realize that yes, most or all of these ideas have been present in the teachings since the early chapters, but it’s our growth, our unfoldment that causes us to be ready to fully appreciate and internalize them as we grow.

“When the student is ready, the teacher appears” has a great deal of validity. We’re ready to apply concepts we’ve been exposed to all along once we’ve developed to the point that we can understand them.

I know that book is somewhere back in the far reaches of my bookshelves. Maybe it’s time to dig it out, blow off the dust and give it another look (if the ages don’t crumble!)

 

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3 Responses to “MKMMA Week 21 – The Magic of Thinking Big”

  1. Scott Pearce Says:

    I like what you said about this class and readings being an “unfoldement” That has been my experience as well. I just wonder why it has taken so long for me to find it. I love your blog and am excited to follow it.
    Thanks,
    Scott

  2. Hal Says:

    I feel the same way about trying to figure out the “how to” creates barriers or distracts you from reaching your goals. Thanks for posting Stu!
    Hal

  3. Joshua Joseph Says:

    Awesome Post! I have been highly considering reading that book. I have also dug some old books out and looked at them and the linkage is crazy now that we are professional observers.

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