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"As A Man Thinketh James Allen writes:
"All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts."
As A Man Thinketh is partly responsible for the creation of the entire personal development industry. It's true... Most personal development authors and teachers including: Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins, Mark Victor Hansen, Paul J. Meyer, Earl Nightingale, Randy Gage, Denis Waitley, and Michael S. Clouse, credit this little book for providing the foundation to their principles."
- Sage Wisdom in the realm of Charles F. Hannel ! Nani Aki Linder Author University Of Life Cross Cultural Approach to Leadership
If you liked Master Key or Master Key Arcana by Charles F. Haanel then you shall enjoy As a Man Thinketh by James Allen. This little book is packed with wisdom and concepts of living daily with "hope". In a short time one understands the power of the mind and the choices one makes to weave ones own inner and outer character. It is indeed an eye opener to understand that until thought is linked with purpose as James Allen says, "there is no intelligent accomplishment." He further says, "strength can only be developed by effort and practice!" Practicing personal responsibility and feeding the thought process true concentration is a starting point for future power and success. In Hawaiian wisdom, one practices the 4th R "responsibility" and places into motion awakening the power within building on the truths that "what you think about, you bring about!" I am delighted to read and research how ancient wisdom of many cultures have practiced these truths for generations. ...more info
- The Power of Your Vision
The greatest invention of all time - started in someone's brain.
That Person is what we call The Visionary.
What is amazing is that we are all visionaries. However because a negative visionary is not called a visionary, we don't perceive ourselves to be visionaries. This book shows you that you too are a visionary. You do create your own future. That said, what type of future do you want in your life?
Zev Saftlas, Author of Motivation That Works and Founder of www.EmpoweringMessages.com
- Right Thought,Skillfull Thought the key to everything
This book is a quick read on how your thoughts determine your life. It is shocking and hard for people to believe but your thoughts are the power that creates your inner and outer reality.This book shows how your thoughts cause your character,circumstances,health,purpose,ideals, and level of achievement. Start with this book to learn how to control your thoughts and create your life....more info
- James Allen (1864-1912) knew what present day man/women is just starting to understanding
James Allen was one of our great thinkers. He understood what everyone is now calling "The Law of Attraction."
I can't say that he was ahead of his time, but that he gave time to understand, what has always been true, which is "The Way of The World," the way things develop from a thought to an actuality.
How he came up with his understanding of the world is unknown, but I suspect it was a higher power.
If you are interested in the grass roots of any of the books that have been written lately about obtaining the things that you want in your life, The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne, The Teaching's of Abraham by Jerry and Esters Hicks or The Secret Daydream (A guide to Your Child's future) and The Secret Daydream for College Students (The Guide to Surviving Conflict) by Charisse Rudolph, You will love the thinking that you will do when you read "As a Man Thinketh" by James Allen. ...more info
- Readeth and Grow Wise !
I have always appreciated a small book that defines life in a big way.
In a nutshell, Mr. Allen postures that:
Purpose (or lack of purpose) defines what we think about (knowingly or not) and therefore our on-going actions (our habits), and manifests in our conditions (spiritual, mental, physical, social, and environmental).
For a much more beautiful synopsis full of poetic nuance, buy this book!...more info
- Life Changing
When thoroughly digested and fully comprehended, the principles and their practical application of James Allen's classic will Change Your Life...and more importantly the way you think about it, instantaneously!...more info
- Succinct and significant
I imagine readers get tired of hearing this, but I must say it: This is one of the best books that I've ever held in my hands. Having been raised with much negativity, I found my own heart condemning me through most of the book. There have been several spin-offs on this work, and some of them read well and are effective at making the point; however, none of them is more concise.
Mr. Allen makes it clear that you are the maker of your character; you are the designer of your life and your destiny; and you are the builder of your legacy. At some point, if the reader realizes this, he or she will feel both relieved and refreshed, as I was. Don't be fooled by the brevity of this work; it is a work of great value.
Joseph L. D'Agostino, author of "Modern Music Systems: a new perspective on music scales, clefs, and chords"...more info
- Don't buy this particular edition!
The one star has NOTHING to do with the content of this wonderful publication, it goes without saying that anyone who has stumbled upon the genius of Allen's masterpiece knows full well that the truth is what it is, i.e. this book is sublime mastery. No, my one star simply refers to this DeVorss imprint, this veritable 'mini-book'. Sadly nowhere on the page was it explained that this was a MINI version, a pamphlet indeed. My advice, pay the extra 2~300 yen and get yourself a 'proper' copy - one that will stand up in your bookshelf. Thank you....more info
- Everyone needs to read this little book....
This small but powerful books goes to the depth of you. You can put on a happy face to the world, but if the thoughts that run through your mind aren't lined up right and monitored carefully, it doesn't change your circumstances. It's written a bit 'high brow', but inspite of the old English wording, you definitely get the message. A basic for anyone seeking to better themselves inside and out....more info
- This book might change your life, but it's up to you!
This book can help you clarify your own processes in your life. It makes you think about how to get what you want out of life, whether it's financial success, love, good health, or anything else through the power of you. It gives a spiritual and intellectual look at yourself.
This book is really short and gets right to the point. Some of the most important aspects I've listed below:
*Prayers are only realized once they are harmonized with your thoughts and actions.
*Use your circumstances to discover your hidden powers and possibilities within yourself.
*Change your thoughts towards others and other things, and those things will change in kind.
*Fear, doubt, and indecision lead to failure, indigence, and dependence.
*Courage, self-reliance, and decision will generate success, plenty, and freedom.
*Your thoughts will shape your circumstances.
*Thoughts allied to fearless purpose becomes a creative force.
*Ideals and visions constantly acted upon will result in eventual attainment.
This book is more than a good buy and an addition to your library, but is potentially life changing if you follow the principles!...more info
- a great addition to any personal success library
I really like this book. It is short and easy to read, so you can go over it again and again. It's a good message that is as powerful today as it was when it was delivered decades ago.
If you have enjoyed other books of this genre, such as Think and Grow Rich, Science of Getting Rich, and Master Key System, you will enjoy this book. It is an excellent reminder that we already have all we need and more. ...more info
- Better than "The Secret"
It has been said that this book helped inspire "The Secret"--in this case, the original is far better than the imitation. This book isn't about magic. It doesn't make big promises about getting money for nothing. Instead, it reveals in detail how our thoughts shape our lives, and how we can master our thoughts to become better people and make a positive impact on the world. ...more info
- Modern Philosophy Classic
A book that is well written and well ahead of it's time. If everyone in America read this book the world and our country would be a much better place!
- Odd little book with a few bright gems
The basic assumptions of this book completely contradict sociological theory established by C.Wright Mills and others. Throughout the text there are many assertions put forth at "true" which seem to be no more than the author's opinion.
Some of it is far fetched and in a few spots down right bunk. Still, with all that being said, I found about eight statements that are absolutely classic and feel very worthwhile to me. Worth reading for those with open minds who can think for themselves. First read will take less than an hour, but if you are anything like me you will continue to think on the precepts for many days to come. LJB...more info
- You are what you think
This book is basically "The Secret" except written about 100 years beforehand (and a whole lot shorter!). Every sentence packs a punch. There are no frivolous words wasted in this short book. All the great modern motivational speakers have taken the advice from this book and simply reworded it. Just goes to show you that the same advice has been floating around for ages. It's up to you to do something about it!
The main message reverberated throughout the book:
"You and your circumstances are a product of your thoughts."...more info
The aphorism, "As a man thinketh in his heart so is
he," not only embraces the whole of a man's being,
is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition
and circumstance of his life. A man is literally what he
thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his
As the plant springs from, and could not be without,
the seed, so every act of a man springs from the hidden
seeds of thought, and could not have appeared without
them. This applies equally to those acts called
"spontaneous" and "unpremeditated" as to those
which are deliberately executed.
Act is the blossom of thought, and joy and suffering
are its fruits; thus does a man garner in the sweet and
bitter fruitage of his own husbandry.
Thought in the mind hath made us. What we are by
thought we wrought and built. If a man's mind hath
evil thoughts, pain comes on him as comes the wheel
the ox behind ... If one endure in purity of thought joy
follows him as his own shadow - sure.
Man is a growth by law, and not a creation by artifice,
and cause and effect is as absolute and undeviating in
the hidden realm of thought as in the world of visible
and material things. A noble and Godlike character is
not a thing of favor or chance, but is the natural result
of continued effort in right thinking, the effect of longcherished
association with Godlike thoughts.
ignoble and bestial character, by the same process, is
the result of the continued harboring of groveling
Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armory of
thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys
himself. He also fashions the tools with which he
builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and
strength and peace. By the right choice and true
application of thought, man ascends to the Divine
Perfection; by the abuse and wrong application of
thought, he descends below the level of the beast.
Between these two extremes are all the grades of
character, and man is their maker and master.
Of all the beautiful truths pertaining to the soul which
have been restored and brought to light in this age,
none is more gladdening or fruitful of divine promise
and confidence than this - that man is the master of
thought, the molder of character, and maker and
shaper of condition, environment, and destiny.
As a being of Power, Intelligence, and Love, and the
lord of his own thoughts, man holds the key to every
situation, and contains within himself that
transforming and regenerative agency by which he
may make himself what he wills.
Man is always the master, even in his weakest and
most abandoned state; but in his weakness and
degradation he is the foolish master who misgoverns
his "household." When he begins to reflect upon his
condition, and to search diligently for the Law upon
which his being is established, he then becomes the
wise master, directing his energies with intelligence,
and fashioning his thoughts to fruitful issues. Such is
the conscious master, and man can only thus become
by discovering within himself the laws of thought;
which discovery is totally a matter of application, selfanalysis,
Only by much searching and mining are gold an
diamonds obtained, and man can find every truth
connected with his being if he will dig deep into the
mine of his soul. And that he is the maker of his
character, the molder of his life, and the builder of his
destiny, he may unerringly prove: if he will watch,
control, and alter his thoughts, tracing their effects
upon himself, upon others, and upon his life and
circumstances; if he will link cause and effect by
patient practice and investigation, utilizing his every
experience, even to the most trivial, as a means of
obtaining that knowledge of himself. 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
- The Most Profound Little Book On Earth
I read this book and was blown away. It wasn't that I have never seen nor heard the main crux of the substance that Allen is putting across here, but I have to say, the angle from which he approaches it hit me right between the eyes. I have studied and read the Bible for decades and the wisdom of King Solomon and other inspired writers is echoed here. Allen started a revolution of thought with this book and it is well worth reading and reading often. ...more info
- This is the best version to get for your kindle!!!
I tried out all the different versions of this for the kindle. This is the best formatted of them all. Also one big reason to get this version over the one with 150 something reviews is because it has the opening lines, which are missing in almost 3/4 of the versions I tested. So if you want a nicely formatted book with nothing missing, this is a good buy. If you'd rather not pay to have it nicely formatted, just download this book for free; it's in the public domain....more info
- Dry and objective, very good!
Dry and objective, very good!
Go right to the point bluntly!
Dry,quick to read and direct, I recommend for sure!...more info
- Didn't do a damn thing for me
This book can be summed up in 3 sentences:
'If you think bad, bad's what you'll get.'
'Do the right thing.'
'You have the power to control your mind.'
If you're looking for self help, I recommend Dr. Laura. If you're looking for philosophy of the mind, I recommend starting with Roger Penrose. Then again, for 2 bucks, if you just want to read some flowery english to make you feel 'smart,' then this book might be great for you. I think they could make more money if they put every sentence from this book on a desk calendar. so you could pull off the date and get a little message each morning.
A desk calendar would at least do something useful! The fact that there are so many positive reviews for this book caused me to sit down and read it. after completing it, I fear even more for the human race.
- As a Man Thinketh
Many people consider James Allen as the founder of the personal development industry and many teachers credit this book for providing the foundation to their teachings. This small, yet impactful book was of significant influence to me as I began my path of self-cultivation. I quote from As a Man Thinketh a number of times in my workshops and in my book and audio book, Managing Thought: How Do Your Thoughts Rule Your World? I am so thankful for James Allen who, through this timeless work, has helped so many people to understand and take responsibility for their thoughts. ...more info
- To expand upon the previous reviewer
I feel compelled to defend this book against the ignorant remarks by previous reviews like that by A. Brown below. This is NOT a new-age book. Had he read the book he would know that the book was written by a shy, humble man named James Allan in the year 1904. Last I checked 1904 wasn't the peak of new-age thought.
The author never asserts that if you think "rich rich rich" you will become rich any more than thinking "unicorn, unicorn unicorn" will turn you into a mythical creature. The premise of this short yet remarkable book is that you can shape your destiny simply choosing to think positive thoughts. If you preoccupy yourself with your fears and self doubt, you will most certainly be a slave to these negative thoughts. These self defeating thoughts only serve to prevent you from success. If you think positive thoughts, you're putting yourself on the path of success. Focus on your strengths, don't let thoughts of self-doubt harbor in you. The concepts are not new and hardly new-age. There are no new ideas in this book, Mr Allan was just the first to present them is all.
James Allan emphsizes the importance of hard work and effort throughout the book. He states in the book "He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little. He who would achieve much must sacrifice much. He who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly." Effort and sacrifice are common themes throughout the book. James Allan makes the point that all your hard work will be in vain if your mind is filled with thoughts of failure.
Read some books by Rick Patino, Jack Welch, Vince Lombardi, Sammy Davis Jr (on a side note, Sammy Davis jr's book is even called "Yes I Can" which is what he would tell himself whenever negative thoughts crept in his head) or anyone who overcame the odds to be a huge success and you will see that they live their lives exactly as James Allan advises, they think only positive thoughts, they visualize their success rather than being fixated with their weaknesses. Nothing new age about it folks....more info
- It will change the way you think.
The idea in the book is known to most of us, yet we don't realize how much impact it has on our life. I wish I read this book when I was a teenager. It might have changed the course of my life for better. but it is never too late.
The ideas in this book make you take charge of your life, inspires you to steer your own ship of life. it is truly life changing book.
I ordered the Audio CD. The begining was a bit confusing, but after I got used to their style, I started to comprehend it....more info
- A compact book with a lot of information
This is a book where the truth doesn't need too many words to teach you about how your thoughts create your world. It has a LOT of wisdom, without going overboard to keep going on and on. It gives excellent and timeless advice that can help you to learn how to turn your thoughts around, so you can turn your life around. This is a classic, and it deserves to be one. ...more info
- It'll Really Make You "Thinketh" -- Buy This Book!
This is an amazing little book and I've never read anything quite like it. The elegant prose is beautiful to read and the messages of inspiration and example are extremely powerful and thought provoking.
I found myself reading certain paragraphs over and over again, not because they were difficult or confusing, but because the messages were so profound that I wanted to linger on them for a time before moving on. Truly a classic work in the field of personal development, this is a "must have" addition to you success library.
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- Don't buy the CD version!
This has to be the WORST recording ever ... the heavy accent of the person who narrates the book and his misprounciation of every 5th word makes it hard work to listen to this recording. Plus, it sounds like it was recorded in a living room -- even has fire engine sirens going off in the background. I would return it if I had the energy to do so. You're better off buying the book....more info
- As a Man Thinketh
I was very please with my order the delivery time and the quality of the information in the book ...more info
- Good food for thought...
I think the book's overall theme is good, and the simple
philosophy presented provides solid wisdom to those seeking it.
The only drawback is it is too simple, (i.e. doesn't cover all
the bases for living in this complex world we live in today),
but does a good enough job to get you started on the right
yellow brick road....more info
- Life is made up of thoughts
A must have book if you desire to change your life. This book will teach you how to think to greatly improve the life you live. If you believe in yourself and choose to change your thoughts you can surely achieve your dreams. This book shared in the inspiration for the writing and publishing of my book....more info
- Amazing, what a truly beautiful piece!
It is hard to imagine how ahead of his time the author was. I consider myself a very spiritual and enlightened person and have read many books in the realm. As a Man Thinketh with out doubt ranks among the best I have ever read. After reading this book I have added James Allen as one of the people to my list of who "If you could have lunch with anybody alive or dead who would it be?"
I can't recommend a book any more than this one. Buy one for yourself and one for a couple friends, the world will be a better place for it....more info
- Caution. Only read if you plan to take responsiblity
Ancient wisdom explained and simplified. After reading this book several times, I realize more and more who is at the core of my success or failure...me. The beauty, however, is that Mr. Allen guides you to a place where correction can be made. I am convinced that I would have avoided many pitfalls if I had been exposed to the richness of the principles in this book years ago. Read and reread this book and buy a copy for a friend. This is a "must have" for anyone seeking to improve their world by imporoving themselves....more info
- Where's the beef?
He has a good message, but the book is too short and has no practical aspect. A better book to put these ideas into practice is "What to say When you Talk to Yourself" by Shad Helmstetter....more info
- Life Changing
I have read this book sooo many times! Each time I read it I get a better understanding of me. I am filled with awe at the depth of this man. Not everyone can understand the meaning behind his words, but let he that hath understanding read this book and having done so help enlighten others who may not be as gifted....more info
- As a Man Stinketh
Each and every paragraph in this book has the same message - We as humans are a product of our thoughts. I bought this book based on the recommendation of writes who I have a lot of respect for, including Tony Robbins.
I knew that the general essence of the book was that a positive attitude leads to an improved life. I was hoping for some empirical evidence and/or some practical advice. I found neither. Just paragraph after paragraph of rehashing and restating the same exact thing over and over again. The only thing that changed was the analogy - a ship on the sea, a seed growing into a beautiful tree, mining for gold... I never would have thought that a 40 page book (more of a pamphlet) could be further condensed, but all of what was said could have been said in a couple of paragraphs.
Furthermore, the whole premise behind the book is questionable. As I said, the author does nothing to back up his point, which is basically that our present state is a product of our thoughts and our thoughts only. Our current manifestation has absolutely nothing to do with out diet, our DNA, chance, circumstance, exercise, education...
I give it only one star. The idea of the book is good, and this guy put his ideas down a long time ago. I give him credit for that. But there are much better books on the subject that give both practical advice and inspirational evidence. In my opinion this book is a waste of money and and waste of time....more info
- Repeat, then repeat again
I am mistified at all the positive responses. The book basically says "think positive and good things will happen." Not a bad message, but the author basically takes that concept, runs it through a thesaurus 1000 different ways and cuts-and-pastes into a "book." No real thinking hear. And I am not a sourpuss - this is the first negative review I have given. ...more info
- Great Little Book!
This little book, filled with much wisdom, can be summed up in this one sentence:
"All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts".
Overall, this book is about taking responsibility for your lot in life - the good and the bad - as it can all be traced to the thoughts you entertain day in and day out. It also shows how our thoughts directly impact our character - we are what we think - How true!!!
I would recommend this book to everyone interested in changing some aspect of their life. It is less than 70 pages & can be read in less than an hour, but its effects could last a lifetime....more info
- As a Sluggard Thinketh...
This is a new-age book. Before you buy this book, I recommend doing an advanced search on Amazon for all books by the publisher "DeVorss" (which is this book's publisher). You'll find that DeVorss publishes nothing else expect books just like this one. The reason I suggest this is so that you don't buy this book thinking that it's one-of-a-kind. It is, and yet, it isn't. There are a lot of books of this sort, and so by reading this book you should fully realize that you are getting yourself into a "stream" of teachings of this sort, and it's call New-Age philosophy. Know what you're getting yourself into.
Now, for a short story:
"Two men were sitting on each end of a bench in a park. One was reading Proverbs, and the other was reading "As a Man Thinketh". The next day, the Proverbs Man set out to do an honest day's work, with a determination to grow his assets, and to return an honest service for every man's dollar. He exercised the fruit of the spirit, and was careful to show love and be patience wherever he went. When his strength and wisdom failed him, he prayed to God, and God always came through with the help he needed. The As-a-Man-Thinketh guy set out the same day to think his way to success. He happily locked himself into his room and began to repeat the same thing over and over again in his head, "rich, rich, rich, rich, rich, rich, RICH!" And climbing into bed, he began to toss and turn, as a door upon it's hinges. Before long, his room began to get messy, so he thought, "clean, clean, clean, clean, clean, clean, CLEAN!"
"By much slothfulness the building decayeth, and through idleness of hands the house droppeth through." - Ecclesiastics 10:18
"The slothful desireth, but has nothing" - Proverbs 13:4, "because his hands refuse to work." - Proverbs 21:25
Don't use this book as a substitute for any of the following:
1) Hard work
4) Faith in God
6) The fruit of the Spirit
7) Salvation through Christ Jesus
8) The presence of the Holy Spirit
"For without me ye can do nothing." - Jesus...more info