As a Man Thinketh: Takeaways and Key Points Book Summary

As a Man Thinketh is a self-help book by James Allen, published in 1903. The book shows how, in his own thought-world, each man holds the key to every condition, good or bad, that enters into his life, and that, by working patiently and intelligently upon his thoughts, he may remake his life, and transform his circumstances.

Key Takeaways from As a Man Thinketh

Takeaway #1:

We are the sum of our thought. Because actions sprout from thoughts and from those actions patterns emerge. The cumulation of those patterns forms our character. Attitude and action are closely related. This is why underachievers disappoint themselves. They think very little of themselves, to begin with. This leads to further inaction and creates a cycle.

Takeaway #2:

We blame our failures on external factors to make ourselves feel better, but this only hinders future success. Because even while our circumstances shape our character, our character shapes our circumstances as much. For this reason, We may not know for sure if character or circumstance has more influence on another person's life.

Takeaway #3:

The best way to age is with a smile on your face. Thoughts and attitudes affect how well people age. These attitudes can impact physical health in the same way goal-setting impacts one's success. When distracted by thoughts of the past or worries about the future, try to spend more time focusing on your goals and practicing positive thinking.

Takeaway #4:

Don't be a victim, find your inner peace. We must try and not fall into the victim mentality. Because If we don't feel like a victim, it's harder for someone else to make us one. We should stay true to our values and ideals because they let us motivate ourselves. So if you direct your thoughts to dreams you wish to achieve you will discover more well-being and serenity in your life. Becoming serene requires time and hard work, but it's worth it to live at peace with one's thoughts.



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My Favorite Quotes from As a Man Thinketh

"A man's mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild;"

“A strong man cannot help a weaker unless the weaker is willing to be helped, and even then the weak man must become strong of himself; "

“The outer conditions of a person's life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state...Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.”

“A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.”

“A man only begins to be a man when he ceases to whine and revile... he ceases to accuse others as the cause of his condition, and builds himself up in strong and noble thoughts;”

“Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves.”

“He who would accomplish little need sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much. He who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.”

“The dreamers are the saviors of the world. As the visible world is sustained by the invisible;"

“A noble and God-like character is not a thing of favor or chance, but is the natural result of continued effort in right thinking”

“Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control"

“A man becomes calm in the measure that he understands himself as a thought-evolved being... He remains poised, steadfast, serene.”

“Suffering is always the effect of wrong thought in some direction. It is an indication that the individual is out of harmony with himself, with the Law of his being.”

― James Allen, As a Man Thinketh


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