I read a lot… Actually, that’s not true. I SLAUGHTER audiobooks at a pretty incredible rate. I guess that’s a beautiful byproduct of 7-hour training sessions…
When I am truly MOVED by the material, I follow up on the long listening sessions and dive into the digital version to analyze the text.
James Allen’s 1902 classic, As a Man Thinketh not only got the follow up digital version treatment but for the first time, I completed the trifecta and hopped on my wife’s Amazon account and ordered a hardcover copy of the book as well.
I am not sure I have ever read anything in my life that has had so many golden nuggets of straight savage sage WISDOM… As the title suggests, it shouldn’t surprise us that Allen wrote…
“A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.”
We all know how impactful self-confidence or lack thereof can affect our overall psyche, so we shouldn’t be surprised by this acclaim that we have undoubtedly heard before.
“Man is made or unmade by himself… In the armory of thoughts, he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself… He also fashions the tools with which he builds himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace.”
This digs a little deeper and basically declares that we possess both the tools to build an impenetrable force field of protection and the weapons to shoot ourselves in the dick… It’s completely up to us what we decide to pull out of our bag.
Ok.. We all get it. Our thoughts are creating our reality but how do we make sure our thoughts actually lead us in the direction where we can actually get something done?
“Until thought is linked with purpose, there is no intelligent accomplishment.”
Now we are getting somewhere James… I can go all Tony Robbins on your ass and try to fire the Daily Hustler’s up each morning, but until we put our thoughts to work and figure out a way to attach them to a legitimate purpose, they are simply bullshit short-term feel-good daydreams with no significant value…
So how do we make sure we apply our thoughts to the appropriate purpose???
“In this direction, as in no other, is the law absolute that ‘He that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened;’ for only by patience, practice, and ceaseless importunity can a man enter the Door of the Temple of Knowledge.”
In other words, the only way we will ever accomplish anything is by seeking it out… When we are on the hunt, the door of opportunity will eventually be opened, and so long as we have patience and work our fucking asses off, we will eventually acquire the wisdom and eternal peace and understanding only obtained within the most sacred place we can possibly go on this earth:
The “Temple of Knowledge.”