Think! It’s worth it

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Thinking is the lifeblood of success. Thinking is more important than hard work.

As a matter of fact, the best workers work for the best thinkers.

Thinkers are always in charge. There is a German proverb that I believe many people over the world have adopted: “Better an empty purse than an empty head.” The problem is that despite the important relationship between good thinking and success, most people seldom think, or refuse to really think beyond what they are forced to do for daily survival.

People that do not practice good thinking often find themselves at the mercy of their circumstances and tend to find themselves in the same situation again and again. Sometimes it is financial, sometimes it is relational, sometimes it is vocational, and sometimes it is personal. The common factor is that they tend not to exercise good thinking. As I write, a not too pleasant conversation comes to mind between a distraught mother and her not too happy daughter as they walked from a certain supermarket. Said the mother, “I don’t know why you had to go out and get pregnant now, and you are not done with high school yet … why did you have to do that?”

Said the daughter, “But I didn’t know I would get pregnant.”

I didn’t hear the rest of the conversation but one thing was obvious: somebody wasn’t thinking.

Let me be quick to say that those people who drop out of high school because school is boring or there is too much work aren’t thinking, either. And according to Bill Gates they will work for the thinkers.

But on a larger scale it is important to realize that especially in professional circles good thinking is extremely important. It is said that a good idea is only as good as the mind in which it is located. Many minds produce good ideas, but those same minds don’t necessarily know how to use them or take advantage of them.

A case in point is the story I read about John Kilcullen. To tell you who he is now would give away the story. He happened to be in a bookstore at the same time a customer was trying to purchase a book. The customer asked the bookstore clerk if she had any simple books on Microsoft DOS, something like “DOS for dummies.”

It was just a casual remark meant to be taken humorously more than anything else. But it stayed with John Kilcullen. And the thinker he is, he did something with it.

He launched the “Dummies” books. I understand that the Dummies books now have over 370 titles, in over 30 languages and more than 60 million copies sold.

Imagine an unknown customer had a great idea and it went nowhere, but in the mind of the right person it was worth everything.

Thinking is important, but thinking isn’t always easy. However, there can be no success without it. No one stumbles mindlessly into success and stays there. Think. It is worth it.

The Rev. Dr. Valentine Williams is a pastor, inspirational speaker, seminar/workshop leader, and a former adjunct instructor at Trident Technical College. He conducts professional and personal development training . You can reach him at: valmyval@yahoo.com.

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