Adeabayo Christianah Kemi – Assessments

As a Man Thinketh
Assessment by Adebayo Christianah Kemi (Nigeria)

1. What is the main idea that the author is trying to convey in the book?

The main idea the author of “As a Man Thinketh” is trying to convey is the fact that man ” themselves are the maker of themselves” through the power of the mind. The author described the mind as a very powerful tool of change. Throughout the book, the author shed more light of how a man’s thought can either make or mar him. He reveal that what some people call ‘ luck’ is not really luck but the consistent and relentless positive practice of the mind. But the result, as seen by some, is called luck.”

He also explained the practice of the mind; a man’s thought, as a major point of attraction. As the law goes, what one think is what one attract. That is a positive and godly thoughts attracts good achievements, while a negative and evil thoughts attracts bad experience, even health-wise. Lastly as the topic implied, “As a Man Thinketh,” comes from the saying that “As a Man Thinketh in his heart, so is he.” The author expatiate more on how a mere thought can affect one in different ways.

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

i. “Human is made ir unmade by him or herself.”

Both characters and actions are the end results of thought. The consequences followed by it is through man’s choice. To me this means one’s destiny can be determined by the constant practice of the mind.

ii. Man can ‘dig deep into the mine of the soul.

It means there is a mine deep inside the soul which in this book is referred to as the mind. In other topics, the author pointed out how a poor and hopeless young man can turn his life around through thoughts. This means making it doesn’t depend on the environment, background or economy, but on the mind.

iii. Man is the director of his life.

Apart from God that can control a man spiritually, I was made to understand that man is a complex being that needs to understand himself through thoughts, and also to communicate to his own soul. As the body is obedient to the soul and other circumstances obey the voice of the soul.

iv. Man’s thought affect his health

A good thought will give a man peace of mind, which will result in good health and long life. A good thought does what a good diet will not do. Also, what man think about his health is usually what he attract. People who are afraid of disease are the ones who are infected easily. And if a man thinks good health, he will surely have it.

v. Thoughts control achievement; “all that a person achieves and all that a person fails to achieve is the direct result of thinking.”

As commonly known among the religious people in my locality, failures are known to be caused by a spiritual problem or the devil or possibly, maybe God is trying the person. In contrast, the book opened my eyes to the fact that achievement is the crown of effort, the diadem of thought. Ma causes his own problem and can be out of it if he wishes.

vi. Thoughts determine how a vision will be achieved; and vision is what glorifies a man.

vii. A man can only be as calm in the measure that he understands himself

A man who understands his feelings and gives way for his thoughts can attain the tree of knowledge that is within. This gives peace. For example, there was a day I was feeling unrest, at a time, I flashed back to what happened before the unhappiness emerge. I noticed it was a totally different situation. Immediately, my mind was calm because the solution came immediately.

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, how?

These lessons will help me because I have realized that thoughts can not be kept secret as it reveals who a man is. It can be said in the mind without anyone hearing but the fruits of it can be seen by all. For example, the same thought can not be in the mind of a godly person and a thug; a poor and a rich person’s mind etc. And in this same mind is the tree of knowledge that helps one achieve a lot, if only one can play by the rules.

From now, I will harbor the thoughts of the things I wish to attract. For example, I was thinking of the outcome of the things my business should produce sometimes ago and my heart was pounding. Now I realize the reason behind the other day action; I have not been putting my mind to it, I was only expecting it. And the author said “strong thoughts seized when fear creeps in”. So, I will be pondering on the things I want. And since there are no accidental actions, I will pay more attention to the strange thoughts that flash my mind.

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.

A quote that particularly got my attention is the one that says “suffering is always the effect of wrong thought in some direction.” It is an indication that the individual is out of harmony with himself.

This quote got my attention because I remember a strange and weird thought that added my mind I married a man I see as a pretender. According to the thought, t was as if I married him when I began to notice some strange behavior in him due to circumstances and endure whatever follows. Truly, I didn’t commune with my soul to search for a solution before the marriage or reveal the thought to a body. So, I realize the afterwards sufferings are a result of the acceptance of the wrong thought. I also got the fact that no suffering comes without the notification of the mind.

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?

What took my time that I have to read and read again was the paragraph that says,” it has been usual for men to say, “many men are slaves because one is an oppressor; let us hate the oppressor.” Now, there is amongst an increasing few tendency to reverse this judgement, and to say, “one man is an oppressor because many are slaves; let us despise the slaves.”
The idea on this paragraph seemed difficult for me to understand. If possible the oppressor is to be hated, then why despise the slaves? Is it because they are slaves of the mind or possibly because they are not doing the right thing or are they to be hated in order for them to correct their wrongs and behave right or fight against the oppressor? I don’t really get the idea there.

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

The exercises contained in the book for me to complete is the recommended resources that are written at the last page of the book. Personally, I took it upon myself to study the books as it is a guide to know more about the ideas being discussed in the book. As to this, I will try to get the books and study them for better understanding of this book and also to acquire more knowledge. But as of now, I have not been able to carry out this exercise. Soon, by the grace of God, I will get and study it all.

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 will like to comment that the book is a great and an inspiring one. Very short and easy to read. It expresses the ideas wisely with samples and quotes for better understanding in which a reader will find it hard to forget. I’ve been hearing, saying and also have been reading it in the Bible for a good number of time but have not think of it in a practical way like this.

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

 

Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Assessment by Adebayo Christianah Kemi (Nigeria)

1. What is the main idea that the author is trying to convey in the book?

To the best of my knowledge, the main idea the author was trying to convey is that no one is limited by nature. He conveyed this through a good story that covers major aspects of limitation of the creature been described, a seagull, and like most humans, the seagull sees the possibility of its desires coming through if he possess the features of similar animals. The possibilities of its desires without possessing the features of the other animals occurred when he overcame his fears and sees abilities in his disabilities.

The author further portrays some principles the seagull followed to achieve his goals despite all odds and the glory that followed the fulfillment. According to the introductory aspect of the book, “to the real Jonathan Livingston Seagull, who lives within us all,” the author describes the limitations and daily experiences most humans in general with a creature, seagull, life. The difficulties encountered by humans who want to lead a different life or wants to be special. Seriously, many fail at that junction and that is why it is said that the road to success is not an easy one.

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

i. Socialization

A child is expected to accept the society’s culture either he wants it or not. For example, Jonathan seagull is interested in flying and was trying to develop the skill, instead, his mother cautioned that “why is it so hard for you to be like the other flock?” Because “most gulls don’t bother to learn more than the simplest fact of flight.” In the world too, believe of go to school, get good grades and make it while getting old is so common. Anyone trying to make it earlier is considered to like money too much. But as portrayed in this book, overcome time, and all we have left is Now.”

ii. Disagreeing with culture in the right way leads to greater heights

Based on how Jonathan Livingston Seagull adhere to, he decided to concur to culture,’screeching and fighting.on the scraps of fish and bread’, but considered it ‘so pointless’. Going after his dream, he was required to “stand to center for shame” and was outcasted. But,he came back to become the jealousy of all.

iii. Self encouragement pays in times of trouble

According to the story, no one believes in Jonathan and in practicing, he crashed into the water,where different opposing thoughts flashed his mind. Sometimes, we tend to face situations like this. For example, when I left my low-paying job, I was working online and it really pays but my uncle goes widely against it on the basis of what I don’t know, but he later agreed when he heard the testimonies.

iv. To achieve uniqueness should be a goal

Jonathan Livingston Seagull thought he’s the only one that is really good and possess the skills until he met group of people who are alike. One shouldn’t allow this kind of thought but instead try to be more unique. When I started producing things, the praises of people seem to make feel high, until the time I see people making similar things. So, some should not think he’s the best, but work harder to be able to stand confident among the best.

v. Leadership starts with kindness

Jonathan Livingston Seagull has to learn kindness before he could start leading.

vi. There are no mountains anywhere except the one in one’s heart

Before Jonathan could develop his ability, he sees himself as limited, with time, he overcame his fears. But with the help of a mentor, he sees he’s the problem of himself. Only the mind limits one.

vii. Mentors are important in developing skills

As portrayed, mentors have gone far faced the troubles one is about to face and has derived the solution. They understand what a person is passing through and teaches according to experience.One other lesson I’ll like to add is boldness, “The Law said stay, Jonathan said go.” Full boldness has to be a goal if one will be seen as a leader.

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?

These lessons will help me a lot because I have been discovering some of it but have not been in much practice. For example, in my trying to be different from the crowd, especially in financial aspect, various bad news and all seems to be discouraging. Instead these days, I will be learning of people who made it in a like manner and are far ahead of me.

Also, I’ll make my products attain the level of an high uniqueness. I won’t over believe in my ability or think my innovations get me ahead. Instead, I will constantly be innovating new things to get myself ahead.

The story really taught me that there are no mountain anywhere, so, I’ll try to change my mind set about where I see disabilities in myself. For example, in my knitting, I usually want to design my products for it to be really beautiful and it takes time, but now, I’ll set a goal of producing thousands in a month.
Lastly, kindness connotes leadership. I’ll start seeing the best in people rather than feeling of hatred for those who deeply offend me. This will be coupled with boldness. According to one of my life example, there are some places I don’t want to visit in my country; Nigeria, because of the people I didn’t want to go near to, because of their behaviors and deeds, but now, I am free to go anywhere and face anyone.

4.Quotes: Are there 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.

There are some quotes that got my attention the most in the book. The first one is “You didn’t need faith to fly, you needed to understand flying.”

Based on my experience, people use to exchange religiosity for knowledge. Truly there are some things that doesn’t require prayer if only one has the knowledge. Not just hearing and knowing about things but a deeper understanding of some things.

“Even as it is been said, heavens help those who help themselves.”

God can not think for us, He can only open our eyes to some areas. We ourselves need to study, research and understand some things better.

The second one is, “Your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip,” Jonathan would say, other times, “is nothing more than your thought itself, in a form you can see.”

This quote portrayed the main theme of the story; limitation. One’s achievement starts from the mind. What one see him or herself to be is what he is.

“I am limited by nature.”

Seriously, the level of one’s education,, background, color or environment does not limit a man of vision. I think the main limitation is lack of self discovery.

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

What seems to be unclear to me in the book is “heaven is not a place, and it is not a time.” I don’t understand if ‘heaven’ here is portrayed as a place of honor or otherwise. If not, I’ll totally disagree with the fact that there is no place called heaven. Heaven is the hope of believers and it is meant for rest after death. As been said in the book, “heaven is been perfect;”, I’d rather say, “perfection takes one to heaven.”

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

There are no exercises contained in this book for me to complete. Most of the task I want to embark on as I learnt in this book has been explained in question three.

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’ll like to comment that I love this book. The author has done a real good work on the research, composure and putting together the writ up. Everything is just so perfect and inspiring.

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? 10
B. How helpful were the contents? 10
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? 10

 

PsychoCybernetics
Assessment by Adebayo Christianah Kemi (Nigeria)

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

“Psycho-cybernetics” seems a bit strange to me and in order to get what the book will talk about, I have to check the meaning. According to dictionary, psycho means a person suffering from psychosis’, while cybernetics means “the field of science concerned with the processes of communication and control!” But, while studying the book, Maxwell Maltz refers to cybernetics as the study of physical machines and mechanical principles. He also says cybernetics has to do with teleology such as the study of purpose; and the purpose of man is goal-striving. Moving further in the chapter, he defined the concept of psycho-cybernetics as When we conceive of the human brain and nervous system as a form of servo-mechanism, operating in accordance with Cybernetic principles, we gain a new insight into the why and wherefore of human behavior. I choose to call this new concept “Psycho-Cybernetics.”

So, I understand the topic to be the study of inner man, especially the brain in respect of his purpose (goal striving). As an introduction in psycho-cybernetics, Maxwell Maltz described his experience as a plastic surgeon; how changing people’s faces can turn some people’s lives around but doesn’t in other people’s lives. He later got that self image is the key to personality, the fastest road to achievement and living happy. The majorly in the book, the author treats personality and a way to achieve great personality in order to make more out of life.

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

i. Until one changes the old self image, things can not be accomplished

One has to change their thinking about ‘self’. Without this, positive thinking can not work. To act a new, there has to be a new self image. As further illustrated in chapter 3, the major way to have a good self image is to believe that God created us in his own image. Not even a superiority complex can achieve that.

ii. Imagination could downgrade one when others are not seeing one as that

The author used one of his patients experience to explain this. And according to this story, the imagination controls one’s choice of living. Explaining further in the chapter, he mentioned that the nervous system cannot differentiate between a real experience and an imagined experience. This is part of the reason people are easily duped, either by religious leaders or thugs.

iii. Mental picturing is not magic

This is the reason behind the saying that you can only achieve as far as you can see. Most successful people has both been using a consistent imagination practice full of mental pictures, because one must first see a thing before it can be achieved. I call it living one’s dream in imagination.

iv. One must be happy not because of a thing: the writer says if you are to be happy at all, you must be happy- period! Not because of’.

Happiness has been a conscious effort I have been trying to activate daily for some time past now, in fact, it has been like a case study to me, because I am learning how hard it seems sometimes and the things that debar it. Studying the happiness aspect of the book, I gained a lot. And now, it seems easy for me.

v. Feeling hurt is totally based on our response: this means we can either choose to be hurt and respond aggressively or look it off.

To me, looking at off save us lots of things especially in our health aspect and it helps gain respect and to live maturely.

vi. Willingness is the soul of winning feeling

Learning this work like magic in my sales. I’ve prayed at midnight and I woke up having that strong feeling that I’m going to make lots of sales that day and truly it was like magic.

vii. Less stress leads to more life: old age can be achieved if one doesn’t overstress himself, but involve in more activity. Though, been lazy, keeping to self and likes can make one age quickly.

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

Now that I have gotten that self image is the first key, and through reading the book I’ve learnt the ways to see myself acceptable to myself. I have practically change my self view since the book had point out the mistakes of my self image. This also gave way to easy positive thinking. Even, I think people around me must have been querying the book I get my information from because in public, I can’t contribute to matters without relating to lessons learnt in the book. I love the last chapter of the book! It teaches me about living with less stress. I’m a person that always like working, even sometimes till midnight. But most times I get sick, tired or emotional. As at now, I have gotten the keys to reduce stress and engage in activities.

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

“Ideas are in the air.”

This quote reminded me of an idea I got a long time ago. I call it a vision because it happened in the day. It was about how to make a ready make up face like material which can be worn anytime of the day. I saw the image and the purpose within seconds. I considered it a technology work that only the scientists would know how to make, but now, I realized it was an idea flying in the air. Possibly, another would have caught the idea.

“The reason some people are self-conscious and awkward in social situations is simply that they are too consciously concerned, too anxious, to do the right thing. They are painfully conscious of every move they make. Every action is thought-out. Every word spoken is calculated for its effect. We speak of such persons as inhibited and rightly so.”

The paragraph was as if speaking exactly to me. Reading further, I learned the five rules of behaving freely which has really helped me now.

“But how can a person draw upon memories of past successful experiences when he has experienced only failure?”

This gave me a real answer to my long searched challenge, sometimes of the day behaving immature, I discovered it is to cover up my sad mind of being inferior, because I see most people as if better than me in terms of achievement, confidence and lots. Getting it now, I realized that I was doing this to remain happy because I didn’t get the solution to making it and everyone seems like an achiever; according to my thoughts. Now, I discovered ways to change the image instead of trying to live older.

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

No, all are clear and understandable.

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

There are lots of exercises in the chapters. Till now, I couldn’t complete all the exercises but have done more than half of it. It is really beneficial. For example, I do find it so difficult to sleep in the past but through the imagination sleeping exercise, I fall asleep easily. On page 185, there’s an exercise that requires me to act before thinking, I’ve been practicing that. Another exercise is living one’s dream in imagination. I discovered I have not been imagining the possibility of my goal. Imaging it now, I became more serious about achieving it. Another is forming a positive aggressive attitude. Also, there’s a twenty one day practice of which we say eight thongs to ourselves. I did it for some days.

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

I’ll like to say the book is a very good one. It covers all the aspects from changing one’s view about self to living a worry free life with everyday full of happiness. It’s really inspirational. It’s loaded with each point having reference book for further study. I love how the writer proved each point scientifically.

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

Keys to Success
Assessment by Adebayo Christianah Kemi (Nigeria)

1. What is the main idea that the author is trying to convey in the book?

Keys to Success is a book that reveals the major seventeen keys to success. As an introduction to the keys, the author explained the first key as knowing and working towards the definiteness of our purpose, which is seeing one’s purpose as the first thing needed in achieving a goal, which makes success. The next key talks about establishing a mastermind alliance and how to create a mastermind alliance with people, personally and with a spouse.

The third key talks about assembling an attractive personality. Under this, twenty-five aspects to change our personality was discussed. The fourth key of faith and the next on going extra mile; by doing more than expected. Creating a personal initiative was the next to be explained. Really expository, the seventh key talks about building a positive mental attitude (PMA). The eighth exposes the benefits of controlling one’s enthusiasm. Also taught was self-discipline, thinking accurately, controlling one’s attention and so on.

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

i. Until wish become a burning desire, success can hardly be achieved

When reading page 2, I learnt about this, and my mind strolled to I joined the choiristers but have no covered shoe to wear on Sundays. Immediately I woke up on Saturday morning, I made a shoe despite all the challenges (I haven’t try a real one before except for knitted shoes). Within two Saturdays, I made 3 shoes, one with lace, high heeled and knitted(flat). People didn’t believe I made it, almost out of nothing. They thought I bought the first two because it was perfect. Getting it now, the desire to achieve it lead to the success. When thinking about funding one’s business too, as he later explained, the burning desire will provide way, because the means or ideas will come.

ii. Insincerity doesn’t only mean unfaithfulness

I learned that one must be sincere in speech, not always agreeing with the other person’s point of view. One must be sincere to say his thoughts, research and all, though peaceably. I kept this lesson because I usually agree with people sometimes, because I don’t like argument or quarrel.

iii. Faith opens way to indefinite intelligence

Before I do classify faith related things to the religious aspects. In contrast, studying it further in this book, I love the way the author explained it all, how it affects our heart and thinking and how applied faith completes it all. Seriously, indefinite intelligence belongs to only one supernatural being that ever exist. You know, if an old man lives hundred years, he will be considered wise, but for a supernatural being to live for uncountable years, I totally agree that committing all one’s success to His hands through faith can make all the difference.

iv. There is a difference between imitating success and achieving it: many, out of fear of criticism, they imitate success.

Trying to live in the paths of another’s success. Buy cars used by rich men etc. This can cripple the skill of creativity in a person and deny one the ability to stand out. Also, one will constantly be exposed, either bragging or not and one’s success will be limited.

v. Egos are not to be left wide open for anyone to pollute it with thoughts of fear and worry

I really get this as a lesson. It happened to me that I was about to embark on a project but I need helping hands, both in person and financially. The first person I met totally discouraged me that it killed my burning passion.

vi. Little work could make a living if one has the right mentality

The story told on chapter twelve of the book about a boy shinning shoe really made me thought of it again. How little amount could result in great savings and achievements if one could manage it well.

vii. Handling time

Under this topic, I learnt the essential principles of managing time well. For example, spare time are not meant for work. I like the aspect that disapproves working towards production during sleeping hours, because it speaks to me as if directly.

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, how?

Instead of searching for resources, I’ll rather allow my burning passion to sort it out. Now, I know that the more one exercises one’s passion for a thing, the more it develops. Also, I’ll be checking my definiteness of purpose daily, recording the progress and planning on how it will move forward.

In my studies, I learned much about applied faith. I will practice applying faith; in prayers, believing I’ve received what I ask and expressing thanks to the indefinite intelligence, as it can help my mind and increase our positive mental attitude too. As directly as it might seem, I’ve learnt how to protect my inner ego, plans, projects I thought finding an alliance will help a lot but I learnt that in finding an alliance, one has to look for people with likely hearts. Without this type of people, I won’t reveal my plans anyhow, to avoid negative advice. Also, I’ll follow the pattern of division of time these days, as I’ve planned how to spend my time for work, rest and relaxation. I won’t overwork till midnight again.

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.

A quote that first got my attention was “Successful people make decisions quickly and firmly. Unsuccessful people make decisions slowly, and then change them often.”

The reason it got my attention was that it reminded me of the two decisions I’ve been striving in between and to firmly choose one has been a big challenge considering find. According to his next point, I learnt ways to make a decision and stand by it.

“If you resent poverty and are determined to be rid of it, analyze yourself fully for the signs of this fear.”

Now, I understand some reasons behind some of my unappealing behaviors I’ve been trying to avoid, even behind my sometimes fear and doubts in prayers for business.

This quote sounds a bit funny, but it’s really true, “for whatever you fear will follow you around like a puppy.”

Reading this made me forget a particular issue that has been bothering my mind, because I don’t want it to happen, I’ve been trying to plan but instead, regrets approached.

Another quote is on page 97, the last requirement of joining the two percent club, “prayer brings the best results when you have sufficient faith to see yourself already in possession of the things you are praying for.”

I love this quote because I’m going to start practicing it to the extent I can get to.

“This happened because Jones was forced by adversity to turn to a resource he had never really used: his mind.”

When faced by difficulties most time, the mind becomes brightened with ideas, thoughts that are hardly gotten on a normal day. Most of this ideas doesn’t come to be compromised, but bold, with the inspiration to begin almost immediately. Noticing it under this story (the narrated story), I see when one has an help, the person seems relaxed and ideas don’t come easily, if it comes, the burning desire to start achieving it immediately won’t be there. But when one is faced with life issues, lots of ideas with the passion to start will approach.

“You don’t really want continuous happiness, for then your happiness will seem dull.”

Truly, I’ve never thought of it. It makes me see that too much of everything can turn bad.

“Indefinite intelligence,” this phrase is used throughout the book.

It catches my attention each time I meet it in the book. It explained another newly discovered fact about God to me. It expatiates the reason why I should totally trust God for ideas, wisdom, power to receive and achieve and lots.

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?

Apart from this, I totally agree with the topics, points and explanations. I got confused by one of the points I read in the book because in the previous book I read, psycho-cybernetics, it was explained that we should act before thinking, to avoid been inhibited, but in chapter nine of this book, it was said that in order to control one’s emotions, we have to learn to think before acting. It is a bit confusing, because since I have read that aspect in psycho-cybernetics, I have been trying to act freely.

Apart from this, I totally agree with the topics, points and explanations.

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

Keys to Success has no exercises for the reader to perform or complete. Though, the last chapter left one or two lines at the end of each topic review for the reader to jot his or her decisions on, but, that has been done in my book as soon as I am through with a chapter. As to this, I really can’t say there are exercises left to perform.

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.

Keys to Success is a book of broad ideas on shaping one’s life to be successful. Really explainatory and easy to understand. Though, some parts of the book reveal the write-up age, but thank God for the modification, it was understandable.

I love one of the author’s teaching method; he insinuates most of his points again and again. Reading the book just once, the reader must have read each point like two to three times, making it unforgettable. The last chapter reviewing all the points again is really lovely. It hammers the major points to one’s mind again. I love the way it brings together both the physical and spiritual aspects of making success. Full illustrations; the told stories explains it all.

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? 10
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

Success through a Positive Mental Attitude
Assessment by Adebayo Christianah Kemi (Nigeria)

1. What is the main idea the author is trying to convey in this book?

The main idea the author is trying to convey is achieving success through a positive mental attitude. As mentioned in page 15, Success through a PMA was written to instruct one on what to do and how to behave when it comes to using the power of the subconscious mind. As the title implies, it deals with four major things; being positive mentally and how it affects our attitude in order to have success. The author compares the result of negative and positive attitude, in relation to the old saying.

As an introductory, the book makes the reader realize the two sets of personalities they have; they can live worse and manage life through NMA and they can be the most important living person through a positive mental attitude.Insinuating more on this idea, it was written that “there is no other known method by which you may keep your mind positive.”

The author is also trying to make one see that there’s an easy short cut to success, and PMA is the answer. He expanded more on this through examples and proofs.
The author also mentioned that another issue to be considered to make a success is getting satisfied with one’s job. Also, motivating oneself and others also leads to success. He kept insinuating on a point to be used daily if success is to be achieved “Do it Now” and lots of points of such. But all these things depends on a PMA.

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

i. Man’s greatest power lies in the power of prayer:

Though, the book majors on a mental change, it also acknowledges how spiritual controls things and change situations. I love the example of prayer SB Fuller prayed, it’s short and full, and even full of faith, it gave a quick turnaround in less than an hour.

ii. Adversities are opportunities in disguise sometimes

As been read in the earlier books, the outcome of a situation depends on how one view it. Success in negative situations most times speak louder than the one achieved normally. Example is Tom Dempsey goal.

iii. There’s a relationship between adversity, greatness, success, achiever and prayer

All these form a universal principles in self-motivation form. Though all seems similar but are totally different.

iv. Blames and regrets are the results of NMA

It’s easy to push blames on people, situations and occurrences and easily regret situations, the author said it shows life has given one a great deal, and NMA is holding them down like been handicapped. He later said, “if a man is right, his world will be right’ because he’ll neglect regrets and start to change his unhappy world in his mind.”

v. Proving people wrong repels them rather than attract them

Instead of nagging, one should look inward and correct the errors before accusing others. A person trying to be right can’t see his own mistakes and will see many as bad or wicked.

vi. One can live a healthy life with frequently repeated affirmations

It speaks to one’s belief and control one’s posture. Also, what one believe is what one will have.

vii. The easiest shortcut to wealth is PMA

Unlike the wordly methods, in PMA, there is a purpose, work, pursuit of vision etc. The reason I see it as a shortcut is because when one doesn’t achieve result, the journey will seem very long and tiring with lots of experiences gained through hard situations. In contrast, having a constructed PMA can cut the long journey short.
Other lessons are:
It is important to be both nearsighted and farsighted as the lack of one may be a problem on the way to success. The secret to getting things done is “Do it Now.” It’s a real fact that inspiration hardly wait long enough if not acted upon quickly. I’ve lost lots of it due to not quickly paying attention to the brief/silent ones

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

I’ll keep in mind that success is achieved by those who try with PMA and maintained by those who keep trying with This idea will keep me consistent in seeing positivity in things and disallow depression and discouragement by circumstances.

It’s easy to think right remembering that if tens of millions of sperm cells couldn’t win the race before I was born, then, how many millions of people, thoughts or situation should keep me down? ‘Victory is built in to every living person’, I’ll always keep this in mind, it’s a great reminder of positivity and happiness.

Another idea is that I’ll like to dress like a big CEO one day and have it crammed into a large picture. I’ll place it in my shop that it will daily remind me of what I am yet to achieve.
One’s body might be incapacitated, but the mind never will so, I will keep using my mind searching for answers. I’ll be very conscious to add the self-starter “Do it Now” to my habits. I love the chart Franklin drew on page 265, I’ve been thinking on a chart that could check the progress of my actions and how far I improve or fall. To me, the chart is a perfect one I’ll copy.

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.

“Anything in life worth having is worth working forl.”

This quote got my attention because of the extra work and risks I’m taking these days in order to fund my vision.

“We are poor, not because of God.”

Immediately I read this, I remembered the Christian book I read trying to convince the reader that having money on earth will deny one getting saved. In contrast, I attend a church were prosperity through godliness was preached. But, reading this line, lots of beliefs and my most cherished prayer points flashed my mind why some related topics I have read contrasted it.

“I asked God to lead me to a person who would let me have ten thousand dollars in time.”

This shows the importance of asking God for direction. It shows how immediate a prayer can turn to a testimony and the principles of a short detailed prayer coupled with determination.

“Do you want to make one thousand dollars?”

It’s a show of boldness, planned action backed by prayer. This supports the saying that heavens help those who help themselves.

“Don’t let your mental attitude make you a has-been.”

The solution is to be consistent in positivity.

“When you are faced with a serious problem, or decision, ask your picture a question. Listen for the answer.”

Truly, pictures sometimes bring faith. I wouldn’t forget how secured I felt putting my Bishop’s picture in my shop during the periods I had a shop in a complex where thieves ravaged almost daily. How happy and positive will I be if it is mine? Sometimes having a quiet time with my picture?

“Around the world on $80.00, this was an amazing achievement.”

Money is not a problem for achievement, only NMA is.

“Life never leave us stranded. If life hands us a problem, it hands us also the abilities with which to meet the problem.”

Like the Bible said, we won’t be tempted more than we can bear. But most abilities can be seen and used through PMA. An angry man can’t realize that.

“Necessity is the mother of invention and the father of crime.”

I have been faced with such situation before of which I didn’t use necessity as an excuse, so I know necessity can’t force one to do bad if it’s not in one’s mind before.

“Have the courage to face the truth.”

Most times, people lie because they don’t have the courage to face the truth or are afraid of punishment.

I can say that “autosuggestion” controls our actions and behavior. It determines our belief and when it works, nothing both mentally and emotionally disturbs it. For example, if a doctor ask one to use a drug, one will immediately and totally believe in the drug.

“We are a little bit afraid of our ideas when they first occur to us.”

Truly, these happen. New and strange ideas calls for more curiosity and it’s hardly seen as precious. This is the reason one find it hard to believe in oneself.

“To be enthusiastic ACT enthusiastic.” I love this quote. According to how Williams James buttress the point, emotions truly subject one to action and not reason. But,most times, self or auto suggestion (such as what one has stored in the brain] determines the action one will take in reaction to a situation).

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

One of the aspect I don’t personally agree with is the part that advices reader to use other people’s money to start a business. Borrowing money has never been my style. It puts me in a very hard condition that I will pay back after lots of heart aches and lots. Now, no matter the situation, I save or manage what I have.

Another aspect is developing satisfaction for the job one does. Truly, I agree with this, but, knitting has always been my work of joy, natural happiness. If I make sales or not, I’ll just be happy, as if I’m achieving my goals bit by bit. I’ve tried been happy like this for most of my other jobs(especially when I try to make ends meet doing another thing), but it all seems the same. I mean, I usually long for knitting as a job. So, I partly agree with that point, as one can be happy with a job but not feel satisfied from within.

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

There are several exercises for the reader to complete, some of them are:
On page 34, there is a self-question written there, “how can I develop the right mental attitude?” In order to answer this, I began writing the negative thoughts that comes to my mind each day and how I attack it. Also, it was asked if I will search to find out how to develop positive mental attitude as I read this book of which I did.
A question also goes on page 55 if I have memorized the seventeen success principles, I’m trying to as I have not memorized them all.
Another exercise is on page 170, it states that I should copy the Benjamin Franklin’s chart of which I’ve done before getting to the exercise. Lots of clauses to be said daily are also in the book, for success and to achieve an easy positive self-suggestion.

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 love IIGL. In fact, the school has been a great blessing to me. Even my jotting note has always been a source of joy because reading it again, I see lots of things that had changed in my life, especially the personal experiences I included, it reveals my past and it gives me so much happiness.
Going through my assessment answers again, I discovered success through positive mental attitude is an indirect continuation/study of “As a Man Thinketh.” Most points not included in the formal are thoroughly explained in this book.

Just like OG Mandino’s comment, advice and testimonies, the book is a kind that can turn a penniless person to a real changed one through the turn in one’s thinking.

The first chapter I read in the book got me thinking for days, when I read that “we are poor- not because of God. We are poor because…..no one in our family has ever develop a desire to be anything else.” Though, I don’t know why the quote specially got my attention so much.

As a great reminder and a further learning, the book speaks of the seventeen principles to success.
Specially, I love the illustrations in the book, it’s an unforgettable one that knocks the lessons more on the reader’s mind. One part I can’t forget in the book is the self suggestion and the auto-suggestion aspect. Most actions I take this days, I check the reasons behind it.

I must not forget to say a true PMA sometimes requires wisdom and it leads to happiness. It happened to me that the issues that get me sad for a day or two (though now, I return to the happiness part in Psychocybernetics if I face situations I find not easy to handle), now, I get over it immediately with ideas to get people amazed flashing my mind.

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

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