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Big is beautiful

columns Updated: May 27, 2013 23:23 IST
PP Wangchuk

We are told to think big and grow big. Only thinking big gives one the kick-start to be on the path of great achievements.

If you have read David J Schwartz’s ‘The Magic of Thinking Big’, you would agree that you always wanted to be 'big' but never thought and acted seriously on those lines. It is all thinking and putting your thoughts into action with the zeal of a warrior. Somewhere in your mind there has to be a reminder that tells you when you feel you are ‘down’ that nothing is impossible, provided you promise yourself that you can and will.

Schwartz tells of a case study of job aspirants: “The thing I understand is why should young people these days be so ultra-conservative, so narrow in their view of the future?”

The greatest human weakness is self-deprecation — selling oneself short. We think small and hence remain small. We always see on the other side a picture opposite of what it actually is. In other words, we are living in a self-deceiving world all the time. We assume we can’t and hence we can’t.

When philosophers tell you to ‘know thyself’, you are quick in listing your faults, shortcomings and inadequacies. That makes you feel ‘small’ and incompetent for any challenging job.

One must always find out one’s assets and value them. You will always be greater than what you are; but your own devaluation of yourself makes you small not only for yourself but for others as well. Remember, nobody will value you beyond what you value yourself. You will be what you think you are.

The sign of a great man is in putting/seeing the same thing/scenario in a different perspective.

While the ‘small thinker’ would say, “Sorry folks, we have failed because it was too tough for us.” But one who thinks big, as Schwartz says, will say, “Here is an approach that will work.” And that is the winning way.