Mohammed M Sannoh – Assessment

As a Man Thinketh
Assessment by Mohammed Sannoh (Liberia)

1. What are the main ideas the author is trying to convey in the book?

The author is trying to convey two main ideas in the book: Your actions are outgrowth of your thought. Be whoever you are, keep your positive thoughts. As a Man Thinketh shows to us that your thought is always your inner-role and outer-role. If you always think about your positive thoughts, it shows your positive result and if you think about negative thoughts, it will show your negative result. Your thoughts become your words and your words become your behavior.

You shape the word just as much as it shapes you: Good come for good, bad come for bad. We have seen many people coming up good because their thought was good and we see many people coming up bad because they were having bad thoughts. You shape this world for yourself as a good person and again you can shape this world for yourself as a bad person.

2. What were the seven main ideas which were personally most important to you and why? List these seven ideas and follow by an explanation after each one as to why it was important to you. Use personal examples from your own life.

i. We don’t get what we want in life, we get our habits of thought.

“All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of thought.”
Someone who thinks of confident thoughts, abundance, wellbeing, and compassion for others become those things and we can only achieve what we are.

ii. Without purpose leads to worries, self-pity, and failure.

Without a purpose, we drift in life not knowing our destination
As human beings, sometimes you see someone living without a dream, what they do in life to follow other people for their daily bread. A life without purpose is senseless. Nothing you do in life is connected. Since nothing seems to be coherent, your mind is unable to comprehend why everything is happening. Anxiety is triggered when a person’s mind thinks their life is in danger so, in the case of purposeless life, your brain translates the lack of connection to be a threat to your life. Anything that doesn’t seem to be a fit is automatically a danger as per year.

iii. Sickness is a manifestation of thought.

iv. Circumstances doesn’t create a man, they reveal him.

We are not at the mercy of our circumstances, we create them.We are born into a small circumstance that we do not choose. Our parents, location, and how we’re raised are a few, but it is our choice of thought that cultivates an unlimited possibility of circumstances we experience later in life. Many people are born into the same circumstances, yet only a few will discover they are master gardeners of their soul and director of their life.

v. Put first things first.

Prioritize and achieve your most important goals instead of constantly reacting to urgencies.

vi. Begin with the end in mind.

Define clear measures of success and a plan to achieve them.

vii. Maintaining a positive mind is the key to a healthy physical body.

Entertaining thoughts that are beautiful, peaceful, happy and harmonious will result in a healthy, vibrant and youthful physical body.

3. How will these ideas or lessons help you in a practical way, both in your daily personal life and in helping to create a better world.

You are the master of fate: The author says that our mind is a tool, man can either build himself with the help of this tool or destroy himself with the same.
By the right choice and true application of thought, man can create for himself a beautiful life. A man holds the key to every situation in life and has the power to make himself what he wills.

Your mind determines your health. The author finds out that good thoughts are just as important as good food to maintain a healthy life. He believes that when a man makes his thoughts pure, he no longer desires impure food. Clean thought makes clean habits.

Eliminate doubt and fear. Doubt and fear are the great enemies of success. The first step to success is to have the belief that you can succeed. As Confucius said, “He who says he can, and he who says he can’t, are usually right.”

Dream begets realities: The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. Dreams are the seedlings of realities. You will build your life with the vision that you glorify in your mind.

Calmness: The more tranquil a man becomes the greater his success, his influence, his power for good. The strong, calm man is always loved and revered.

4. Quotes: Are there any statements which the author made that particularly got your attention? If so, please quote them and comment as to why they were important to you.

“He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much.”

This quote shows how serious you are. It shows you can succeed bigger if you dream bigger. It shows your determination in life

“They themselves are maker of themselves.”

James Allen shows us that; you can be a maker for yourself. They made or unmade themselves; in the armory of thought he forges the weapon by which he destroys himself. He also fashions the tools which he builds for himself a heavenly mansion of joy and strength and peace.

5. Is there anything in the book that you do not understand or are unclear about, or are there ideas which you disagree with and, if so, why?

The book was read by me with understanding and each word of it was understood.

6. Did the book contain exercise for the reader to complete? If so, did you complete all the exercises and did you find them helpful?

No, the book didn’t contain any exercise

7. Was there anything you read in the book that you would like to comment on that was not covered in the previous questions? If so, please comment?

There was nothing left to undress. Everything was okay.

Please rate the following questions on a scale from 1 to 10. Ten is good and one is poor.

A. How interesting was it to read? 9
B. How helpful were the contents? 9
C. How easy was it to understand? 9
D. Would you recommend it to others? 10
E. What is the overall rating you would give it? 9

 

 

Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Assessment by Mohammed Sannoh (Liberia)

1. What are the main ideas the author is trying to convey in the book?

In my point of view: the message was self-determination through normal perception of the body and coming across of the limitless nature of the mind and the spirit. What I convey in the book is this: my ambition and effort is more important in my life.
Jonathan was long to be in control of his own life and govern himself independently of hegemony. The message is this: what becomes of you is through your effort, not different people’s thoughts.

2. What were the seven main ideas which were personally most important to you and why? List these seven ideas and follow by an explanation after each one as to why it was important to you. Use personal examples from your own life.

i. Loneliness

Sometimes if we feel lonely, we think we have lost everything. What comes in this story is this: Jonathan became successful because of his loneliness and he was different from other seagulls because of his loneliness. This is the example: Jonathan learns to master the art of time flying, he was lonely and I can do this same example as Jonathan.

ii. Sometime: majority are not always right.

Jonathan refuses to be like other seagulls who fly just to get food. His ambition was to fly higher and learn more technique. This choice of life is very challenging and derided by the whole flock. Sometimes you need to achieve alone without relying on majority thought and that is what Jonathan does.

iii. Helping others to be better make you better

Jonathan learned the true act of flying, instead of him taking pride, as a moral duty to go back and teach the other seagull everything he has learned. Helping others does not mean you will lose hope, rather help you achieve higher. Don’t be afraid that someone may be higher than you, always have the mind to help if needed.

iv. The purpose of life is to improve yourself

Living in this life is about surviving, but about awakening our potential and becoming the best vision of ourselves. Improvement requires dedication, perseverance and courage, but it is the real meaning of our life.

v. Learn to love and show kindness

It is difficult to show love after we have gone through so much hardship, but you can always learn and learn again how to love.

vi. If you want to succeed, to do something you find impossible or difficult, the trick is to know that you have already arrived or achieved it.

vii. Have a limitless mind and be teachable

3. How will these ideas or lessons help you in a practical way, both in your daily personal life and in helping you to create a better world? If so, why?

The main values that we can decrypt from the seagull are that falling and hurting is a part of every organism be it human or animal. We need to accept the challenge and move forward with it. It can be a great challenge to me in my life but important as they teach us what it is like to fall and rise after we are presented with failures and complications.

4. Quotes: Are there any statements which the author made that particularly got your intention? If so, please quote them and comment as to why they were important to you.

“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation.”

This quote got my mind in truths, blindness, and limitation.

5. Is there anything in the book that you do not understand or are unclear about, or are there ideas which you disagree with and, if so, why?

I don’t disagree with anything stated in this book. I understand everything.
I don’t completely get the complexion of love mentioned in this book. I am unclear about all of the ways love can be shared.

6. Did the book contain exercise for the reader to complete? If so, did you complete all the exercises and did you find them helpful

This book did not contain any exercise. It only preaches self-love and self-determination.

7. Was there anything you read in the book that you would like to comment on that was not covered in the previous questions? If so, please comment.

I read this book with satisfaction and understanding. I don’t have any comments regarding this book.

Please rate the following questions on a scale from 1 to 10. Ten is good and one is poor.

A. How interesting was it to read? 8
B. How helpful were the contents? 8
C. How easy was it to understand? 7
D. Would you recommend it to others? 8
E. What is the overall rating you would give it? 9