This is a beautiful, timeless, short and sweet bible of sorts. Written in 1903, the teachings are as valid and profound today as they were ground breaking when first popularised. Allen is the pioneer of popularist personal development literature.
There are some gems to take heed of like…
Circumstance does not make the man. It reveals him to himself.’ Oh yes, go suck on that one of complainers out there.
And a few more aligned with our modernist obsession with thoughts becoming things…
Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results. Bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results. Nothing from corn but corn. Nothing from nettles but nettles.
Suffering is always the effect of wrong thought in some direction.
Blessedness is the Result of his own mental harmony.
Let a man radically alter his thoughts and let him be astonished by the tepid transformation it will effect in the material aspects of his life.
Fundamentally, this is a deep plea to take responsibility for the radical effect changing our thoughts has on our lives, from habits to perspective to kindness and integrity, take control and own your mind first then the beautiful life you desire and deserve will follow.
Tony Robbins swears by this book and I now do too.
The Official Book Blurb for As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
As a Man Thinketh is a literary essay and book by James Allen, published in 1903. It was described by Allen as “… dealing with the power of thought, and particularly with the use and application of thought to happy and beautiful issues. I have tried to make the book simple, so that all can easily grasp and follow its teaching, and put into practice the methods which it advises. It 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. The price of the book is only one shilling, and it can be carried in the pocket.” It was also described by Allen as “A book that will help you to help yourself”, “A pocket companion for thoughtful people”, and “A book on the power and right application of thought.”