Oghogho-omoruyi Amadinaiyangbon – Assessments

As a Man Thinketh
Assessment by Oghogho-Omoruyi Amadinaiyangbon (Nigeria)

1. What is the main idea that the author is trying to convey in the book?
In the course of carefully perusing the erudite material, one can testify to the very simple idea and message James Allen seeks to pass across to every one privy the content of this material. James Allen is unequivocally making clear the indispensability of the mind in the number of requisite tools or factors to the happenings in our lives, every now and then. Simply put James Allen is of the opinion in his material that the issues of live are a product of the seemingly insignificant factor called the mind- a place where we have all of our thoughts manufactured, stored and in due times put to negative or positive use (s) ,either ways. James Allen is highly revelatory of the fact that the mind is the factory of all that becomes of a man or that a man is, in his words, “They themselves are makers of themselves.” (By virtue of the mind or thinking capacity that every homo-sapien is endowed with. The author in every point in the text tends to inundate as many will-be readers on the importance of the thought of man in the face of things, as far as life and existence is concerned .He did well to show to everyone to what extent the abstractness of the mind could be material or brought to bare in its objective state
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Amongst others he pointed out clear the very obvious results of our thoughts or may I say the results effects of our thoughts – studying things from the cause to effect.

A number of the effects of thoughts as mentioned are as follows:

Effect of thought on circumstances: there and then he made it clear that circumstances are only a revelation of who man is to himself, “circumstances does not make a man; it reveals him to himself.” So circumstances are man himself (the fruit of the factory called mind).

Effect of thought on body and health: He emphatically made it clear in his writing that the event of sickness or unwholesome health is a fruit of unwholesome or unhealthy thoughts of the mind and he therefore stated that for the excellent and healthy survival of the human body ,the mind which happens to be the maker of all that transpires within and without the body must be in good shape of excellent and healthy thoughts.
James Allen also made clear that the thoughts of man is so much important to the fulfilling of his meant purpose here on Earth. So there must be this resonance between the thoughts of man and is supposed purpose on Earth. In essence, there must be a level of thought to achieving a level of success.

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. As a Man Thinketh in his heart so is he.

The banal statement on comprehension brought to my understanding that, the without effects of enjoyment, career success, academic excellence, good health and on the negative end; shame reproach, backwardness, stagnancy, retrogression and all others that one can conceive are a product of the within, mindful cause of our thoughts. Metaphorically I saw and coined a compound word; “the-thought-the-man” phenomenon and that in my very words, succinctly explains that all that a man his and could ever be is one having it’s root in the very fertile soil of the mind(which solely producers thoughts of countless types and kinds). “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he; went far enough as at the time of reading this book to influence and correct my conception of the workings of the happenings in our society as I use to think that all I see had no further root than in the daily physical dispositions of the arms neglecting what a thing the mind/thoughts could be in the face of things. At that juncture amazingly I found out what part the mind/thought had to play in our dealings, achievements and even the unfortunate shortfalls we experience in our lives daily.

ii. “Circumstances does not make the man ;it reveals him to himself.” To clear the air on the somewhat gender bias noticeable in the writing, I must say that the author wasn’t at any time being exclusive or dismissive of the female state or gender in his book, but for the sake of enabling readers get a fixed and unequivocal insight into all that the book asserts or alleges. So a generic view is necessary on the part of the reader, to help him or her gain understanding of the applicability of the tenets of this book to both gender groups. In bid to refrain from digressing, I quickly will deal with the idea in view, “circumstances does not make the man; it reveals him to himself.” Circumstances as understood from the text is a product of the mind- circumstance-making factory. In other words circumstances are not man producing but man produced and as such does so well only to reveal to a man what his thoughts have been like and the effect which characterizes whatever he is faced with at the time. “He reveals him to himself,” tells one of how much he has done in the circumstance-making factory within whose products are thoughts (wholesome and unwholesome alike),which has affected his without. So the aforementioned quote acquaints me with the knowledge of the fact that indeed I rule my world. It lastly behooves me with the need to hold firm and wield the weapon of the establishment within me – the ever producing factory of thought.

iii. The effect of thought on the body and health.

The body is the servant of the mind: In the making of the body, the maker gave the body a slavish position in relation to the mind ,having the mind Lord it over the body in all ramification. In that respect the maker affirmed the root of all happenings by man and for man,saying out of the mind are the issues of life . In that light, the earlier one understands that the mind is and remains the governing seat of the body and takes charge of the mind ,the better. Good thoughts breed functional and healthy bodies; while the reverse is the case with unwholesome thoughts.

iv. To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to, achieve

Desire and aspirations are the companions and fruitage of the mind; they go into extinction without the breeding ground of the mind. Desires and aspirations are found in our thoughts; one cannot help but think of a thing before it becomes an aspiration or desire. In the context of “as a man thinketh, so he is,” it is good one understands that one’s aspiration to a very large extent has the capacity of becoming a reality, so an aspiration-cum-materialisation effect is a product of the mind, so good things first must start from the mind before it materializes.

v. Thought and Purpose

Until thought is linked with purpose there is no intelligent accomplishment. The empowering or support system needed to actualizing a purpose is the mind and on that note, it behooves me to put at heart and harbor in mind all that I am set to do, because in doing that I afford my purpose an inevitable success achievement as time progresses. “Whatever isn’t at heart will never be heard (hearing of it here, signifies success).” If the thought of man is centered around the purpose of his heart, he obviously would be 80% off the way to achieving success in that endeavor.

vi. The thought of man is all a man has; it is the lot of a man’s acquaintance.

All a man has ever built or amassed, came by the virtue of thinking; his house, cars, children, betrothed wife and so many others, came to fruition, because he had mindful fixed gaze on the materialization of it in his lifetime, so having that in mind I have chosen to harbor very impossible contents in my mind and by the engineering of it, see to it’s fruition. Unequivocally no man ever gets more than what he thinks of.

vii. “He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.”

The idea aforementioned made it vividly clear that my sacrifices in life are commensurate to all successes i will achieve. Sacrifices are obviously, stepping stones to success. In that light, there is the understanding that there is no such thing as unattainable or unachievable but unwilling people to pay the price necessary to attaining the height we so much revere.

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?

The lessons or ideas gotten so far can be useful in various ways as the phenomenon of the mind and thoughts seems applicable various situations one an think of. The ideas and lessons can help me in the following ways:
The ideas can help me systematically and intuitively build a balanced mindset, where pure thoughts are built up as I now know I am a product of my thoughts.
These ideas will help in augmenting my approach to making the greatest of men I want to see in the world I envisage, as I already know that the starting point of effecting a change in the life of a man is his mind because the set mind of a man is the set action of that man so combating evil thoughts will breed good and worthwhile actions that will cause a transformation in the society I want to find myself in time to come.
The ideas point to my thoughts as the engineering force behind my actions and resolve and as a result I will do well to ensure I watch my thoughts to see to the success I want to see happen.
In making the world a better and healthy place, the ideas of this book will help sensitize the people, to be better thinkers and not individuals of adverse thoughts ,as evil t thoughts can breed illness and diseases in the body.
With the knowledge of the ideas this book stands to share with me, I have chosen to take careful watch at the thoughts of my mind and try to yield myself to thinking positively and optimistically because success and failure begins from the 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.

“They themselves are makers of themselves.”

A man stands to be a maker of himself because the self-making mechanism stats within him and he chooses what to forge of his life with the mechanism. The thoughts of the heart are the makers of the being we are and as a result, the person we want to be seen as all starts with what our thoughts are.

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 totally understand all the writer seeks to achieve with the content of the book.

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?

No. The text was all out to teach.

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.

All was succinctly covered in the context of the questions brought to bare.

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 Oghogho-Omoruyi Amadinaiyangbon (Nigeria)

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

This book is basically one I see as didactic; as it seeks to cause a reformation that is necessary for a 360° turnaround and change.

Basically from the perspective of Bach, Jonathan was driving home the everyday difficulties, obstructions, resistance and seemingly uneasy challenges that attend the rat race pursuit for success. Having this book as a fable, Bach took Jonathan, the bird he thought was best for describing and passing across what he had in mind as a case study. In line with what the eponymous character, Jonathan had to go through ,one can unequivocally tell of the fact that in achieving success great tasks and sacrifices stand to be demanded of you in the face of things- we always get to pay the price before the prize and persecutions and steep resistance that attends different success pursuits varies and that makes me sacrifices we have to pay for our different pursuits, different.

Amongst other ideas decipherable in the context of this book is that, “abnormal are the things or achievements the minds of people can’t carry and see to fruition.” The vast majority of the flock of birds of which JONATHAN was a member. He never saw it feasible for a bird of their caliber to fly tall or high and that made them resort to self-deprecating and inhibiting thoughts of themselves as visible in the book. Even at the advent of the deterring mindset of the people he found around himself. He kept unflinchingly to his ambition of a flight travel to the highest of places . He didn’t allow the minds of impossibility and the “this-is-abnormal” syndrome deter him from achieving his goal.

In the context of the book, the writer made it clear that only the resolute; those who are highly resolved, only can achieve the success they envisage and see themselves achieving. He was so clear on it that so much demanding sacrifices attend the success we want as seen in his neglect of the piece meal at sea ,for his love for flight. Bach was of the notion that you must desire and aspire to acquire. You must work end to end to see to it’s fruition, because so much unforseen oppositions are inherent in the “success way” and that makes it one that deserves a resolved mind. Emphatically the pursuit of success is Herculean and it promises victory in the end if you remain at it.

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. Love is the starting point for worthwhile achievements:

“More than anything else Jonathan Livingston Seagull loved to fly.” He very well had so much love for the Enterprise of flying and that spurred him to venturing into it and doing very well at it. A very striking cliché statement is this; “passion drives to action and pushes all you do to fruition” and that hasn’t been any truer, as the vast majority of eager beavers and mavericks in the different Enterprise of life today once had passions for all they did and still do have passion for what they do. Success is a fruit of passion amongst other ingredients that fuels it’s achievement.

So a bandwagon indulgence mindset in things won’t really earn us what befits us as humans, but it’s important we do our best to find and pitch a tent on what we have passions for and that goes a long way to seeing us succeed at it . What also comes with having passion for a thing is the daily fulfillmenmt that attends every step we take in the work process in line with what we have a thing for. Success is a passion-borne fruit and that makes passion indispensable in the face of success pursuits.

ii. It costs a measure of resources (human and capital(financial) resources alike) to be a success:

“I don’t mind being bone and feathers mom. I just want to know what I can do in the air and what I can’t, that’s all. I just want to know.”

Just after I came across this book, I was inundated by the very costly steps to success that the very wealthy tech magnate, Elon Musk took to attaining the height he has gotten to in business and in life and that really prompted me to draw a conclusion that, success indeed costs. Show me a successful man and I will show you one who is a product of costly strides towards attaining success. Success never comes to fruition, whether in business, leadership or in life in general. This is an idea that should spur everyone to hardwork, as that is a means to seeing success amongst others.

iii. Exploration is key to becoming an achiever and exploration isn’t easy:

“I don’t mind being bone and feathers mom. I just want to know what I can do in the air and what I can’t, that’s all. I just want to know.” He just wanted to know and he knew getting to know ,will cost him something more than just anything, but he was set out for it many today are scared of going that far to knowing ,because of the perceived difficulty that they feel attends it. As most of us already know, exploration does so much in taking from you as much as it gives to you, exploration entails long nights of little or no rest long hours of seclusion from the many in the society and strong will in the face of adversity.

iv. It takes great hunger, thirst and a knowledge of the fact that there is so much to grasp to fulfilling your course and gaining mastery:

“I could be spending all this time learning to fly. There’s so much to learn!” It took Jonathan a sense of the need to come to terms with the fact that he had so much to learn to achieving great feats in flying and that hunger and thirst always drew him to the point of learning and gaining expertise. Learning is key to success in business, career and leadership and one who isn’t ready to learn or gather experience isn’t ready to make waves in life. The account of this behooves on us to do well to yield ourselves to learning at all times as it is a lifelong thing.

v. A time comes when you get tired of the whole thing as regards life pursuits:

“But no, he thought. I am done with the way I was, I am done with everything I learned. I am a seagull like every other seagull, and I will fly like one”

Giving up still is not an option. When trying times which are meant to make a better you aren’t meant to break you, so when you are faced with trying times it’s very important you stay on course and grow in your daily triumph over the prevalent difficulty at the time. There come trying times when you tend to conceive and believe the ill-talks of men as true and infallible and believing or taking the words of this people to be true most times spells our downfalls, because they never made attempts or they did but failed consistently and ultimately failed by giving up on the pursuit. When times you tend to give up come stay alone and get the courage necessary from within then you will do just well.

vi. Understanding the idea and concepts of life as necessary for an easy ride in your life time.

“You didn’t need faith to fly, you needed to understand flying.” We are in a world today where square pegs are put in round holes making life altogether difficult. It’s high time we go for what is necessary and not do things because they have always be done that way by a sect or group. His teacher did well to make Jonathan understand that understanding the rudiments of things and going past the level of the rudiments to understanding something or an art better us just what is necessary to being good at what you do. The application of Faith in humans or in ourselves in knowing things instead of inclining ourselves to understanding us tantamount to failure and setback and it is on that note is good we familiarize ourselves with the principle of understanding (knowing the intricacies) than leaving life pursuits to the arms of Faith.

vii. Success attracts to itself so many friends

Success remains an attractant to a person who carries it, as noticeable in the life of Jonathan at the successful completion of his training.

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?

The earlier stated ideas will be instrumental to the Reformation of the dying world of mediocres, sluggards and self-deprecating personalities and stance in the face of things in the following ways:

It will very well make the human race adopt the values of self-determination and hard work:The above two are very important to the attainment of success- you only work to success,not walk to success and that makes you one that has a high stake in determining your success in every ramification of life you find yourself-talking from my experience and the experience of a great few.

As many as will be conversant with this idea ,will to a very large extent abdicate every form of pessimism and hold fast to optimism in his or her heart because as man thinketh in his heart, so is he .

Greater resolves: A knowledge of the aforementioned ideas will to a very large extent help strengthens the resolve for excellence by burgeoning youths and elderly alike in our world today.

In my personal sphere/life:

An acquaintance with the aforementioned ideas will to a very large extent, helped me imbibe characters and develop good attitudes that are of importance to success attainment knowing what it is like to “work” to success and not “walk” to success. I will in all my endeavors do well to imbibe and put to good use, a plethora of feasible attitudes in the journey to success. Discipline – a function of subjection to bitter experiences for the greater good will be one thing I will at all times exercise in all ramification of life.

The ideas gotten from this writ will help cause the awakening of latent abilities that are indispensable when the matters of success are tabled. The ideas seen will most importantly, make of me a goal-getter, in my daily pursuit to achieve success. It also easily points to the fact that there is a motivating and inspiring duty to leadership and that behooves me to do well to lead and not Lord over people within my jurisdiction.

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

“I don’t mind being bone and feathers mom. I just want to know what I can do in the air and what I can’t, that’s all. I just want to know.”

The aforementioned quote all went out to state the foreseen Herculean and high tag price of achieving success, since it had to make of him “bones and feathers.” Success and the “no-go” areas are only attained with so much difficulty and challenges as the fixed price tag in view in achieving it. It all points me to the fact that the lofty heights I envisage for myself must make demands of me in my every day sojourn and journey to attaining it.

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?

Some things were not so clear to me, but the book taking an overall assessment was good and informative.

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?

It contained no text necessary for completion, it was all out to teach without examining the reader.

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.

Except for some very important points ,as regards the values embedded in the text that were not asked, I think the organizers did well to encompass the text in it’s 7 question test. A major value it sought to let down was that of determination, noticeable in Jonathan’s life.

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? 5
B. How helpful were the contents? 9
C. How easy was it to understand? 3
D. Would you recommend it to others? 10
E. What is the overall rating you would give it? 6