So, I’m reading this book right now. Yeah, you read that right, I’m reading a book — those old things with pages that came along way before iPhones and wifi? As a social media addict, I’ll admit it’s the first book I’ve read in a long, long time. But I’m very glad I started it, because it’s one of the best things to happen to me in a while.

My coworker recommended it to me, and the book is called “The Magic of Thinking Big.” Chances are, when you hear that title, you’re thinking one of two things.

  1. What? That’s so stupid. Who needs those dumb self-help books?
  1. That sounds awesome. Where can I buy it?

I understand why some might fall under category number one. Just the title alone makes it seem like a book your dad would hand you after you fail a class. It seems cheesy. It seems dumb. But personally, I’m really into this kind of motivational stuff. In fact, one of my favorite videos of all time falls under this category. You might have seen it on Facebook or YouTube. This one:

The book is all about how to be successful. Now, I know and you know success comes to those who work hard. That’s obvious. But this book gave me a whole new perspective on what it takes to be successful. I don’t want to give away too much, because you really should get the book and read it for yourself, but I’ll share a little about what’s inside.

One of the earlier parts of the book talks about the power of belief. It says the primary reason successful people achieve success is simply because they believe they can achieve it. That’s really all there is to it. Henry Ford once said, “Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.”

The book also talks about how some people don’t get what they want in life simply because they don’t try. Dream job opening? They don’t apply, because they think they don’t stand a chance. “Someone else will definitely get hired over me,” they think. As a result, there’s actually a lot less competition at the top.

Think Big

This really got me thinking about how people act today (and apparently a long time ago as well, because the book was written in the ‘50s). Is it just me or does it seem like pessimism is cool?

My friends are always talking about how terrible their lives are like it’s some sort of contest. My group chats will consist of stuff like, “I have to wake up early tomorrow morning. Fml.” And a response will say something like, “Yeah I have to work a double. Literally hate my life.” Why do people seem to always love sharing the negative aspects of their lives?

Personally, I think it’s just a result of the horrible mindsets mentioned in the book. People can be very pessimistic, and it’s often a competition for who can have the worst life.

I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve taken part in these kinds of conversations and that kind of thinking. But over the years, I’ve realized that life isn’t really that hard. People just over-complicate it. I’ve especially started thinking that even more after starting The Magic of Thinking Big.

So yeah, those are my thoughts. You can take them or leave them — I don’t really care. But I promise if your attitude and outlook on life changes to be more positive, you’ll thank me for the book recommendation.