Monday, December 5, 2016

The One Percent Difference- A Thinking Game

Do people think less or more these days?  Especially around the holidays.  Some people seem to get happier, some lose it. Could it be they aren’t thinking? 

I happened to come across this book or rather it found me while working at one of the big box stores in Santa Fe.  The covers of the book are dog eared and many sentences are underlined, so I knew it wasn’t supposed to be selling in the book aisle.  The book is called “The ABC’s of Success” by Bob Proctor.  If you have followed him at all, he was in the movie, “The Secret.”  This book is a compilation of his radio show topics starting with Achievement and ending with Worry.  I hope you get a chuckle from this as much as I did.

                                  “The One Percent Difference.” 

Many years ago I was attending a seminar that a good friend of mine, Leland Val Van de Wall, was conducting.  He said something that broke me up; in fact, the entire audience roared with laughter.  He said, “If most people said what they were thinking, they would be speechless.” 

A very wise man.  He was correct as well.


A number of years ago, I had the pleasure of sharing the platform at a convention with the late Dr. Kenneth MacFarland, a great educator from Kentucky.  He said something similar.

Dr. MacFarland said, “Two percent of the people think, three percent think they think, and ninety-five percent would rather die than think.”
I recently read where George Bernard Shaw said, “Most people  think two or three times a year.  I’ve gained an international reputation for myself thinking just two or three times a week.”

You’re probably saying to yourself by now, “Come on Bob, everyone thinks.” Is that right?  Well, let me suggest that you listen closely to most of the conversations going on around you over the next few hours.  It will be obvious that most of those talking are not thinking, or they would never say what they are saying.

Watch the behavior of some of your peers.  You will realize they are not thinking, or they would never do what they are doing.

You could fall into the 3 percent group, which Dr. MacFarland referred to as those who think they think.

With a little effort, you could catapult yourself into the 2 percent group that DOES think.  They are the achievers; the winners in life.

Thinking must be learned, and it is a subject not taught in most schools.  Think about it.  

Hope your holidays are going well and I would love to read your opinion on this topic.

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