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You Can If You Think You Can

“Any Occupation, any job has excitement in it if you have some excitement in you”—is a quote taken straight out of a second of Norman Vincent Peale’s books, ‘You Can If You Think You Can’. First published on January 1st, 1974, the book bears with it some themes present in The Power of Positive Thinking, which is the overarching concept of Positivity. It can be argued, ‘You Can If You Think You Can’ is some sort of spiritual sequel to Norman Vincent’s best seller.

This book unlike The Power of Positive Thinking deals more with the individual than it does positivity in general. It brings to view the concept of a person and what it means as well as what it takes to be a person. The book from its contents and pages offers confidence without fear, realistic answers to the everyday problems encountered in personal struggles. It takes readers deep into the transformative lives of men and women of all ages and walks of life to show a similarity with the current troubles facing people in their everyday lives. This way, Norman creates a sense of motivation using stories of these people for others.

It is an orthodox mix of age-old truth and modern psychiatric technique; a sort of therapy to show how to overcome problems and conflicts by showing us a parallel of how others dealt with theirs. The book unravels the story of Walt Disney to serve as inspiration, informing readers how Disney used his struggles to ironically be his inspiration (Disney lived in an old abandoned garage infested with rats, and this became the idea for Mickey Mouse). This comes after intervals of rejection that came time and again.

Norman Vincent, in this book, soundly dismisses the notion that one has to take life not with a grain of salt but with a grain of sugar. And about how, The Power of Positive Thinking deals squarely on positivity, You Can If You Think You Can, leans on towards possibility. The book places value in the belief that all things are possible and that belief channels a path towards achieving. The central takeaway the book presents us, is the idea one can do anything with the right mental attitudinal habits, and the fact that there are infinite resources to tap in at our own disposal.

Lessons From This Book

  1. With the right mental attitude, you can achieve anything
  2.  Wether you can, you can; and if you think you can’t, you are right.
  3. Don’t take tomorrow to bed with you; one of the quotes from this book
  4. People who have have a long record of not succeeding can be turned into tremedous achievers if they will discard their images of themselves as failures.


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