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Think HUGE

Allison Griffin - Thursday, October 22, 2009

A friend of mine recently wrote a book that has me thinking.  Thinking HUGE, actually.


Mark Arnold, senior vice president at a Dallas-based credit union, released the book Think Huge to share inspirational stories and motivate people to succeed in business and personal life.


The response has been very positive, with invitations for Mark to speak to groups around the nation about his book.  My own positive response has been surprising, because I’m admittedly skeptical about all the theoretical self-help and “get rich quick” books that line the shelves at bookstores. 


In Think Huge, Mark has figured out a way to blend the theoretical with well-researched, real-life success stories.  And he offers tangible action steps that people can latch onto.   


The book, which began as a memo to his staff, is built around several characteristics shared by the successful people he’s studied:


Vision: knowing where you want to go and how to bring your ideas to life

People: involving and surrounding yourself with the right people

Passion: finding and doing something you love

Time: committing your limited time to what’s important

Perseverance: staying the course even when obstacles threaten your dream

Learning: continuing to seek knowledge and life-long education


I can’t help but think about these areas of focus when I think about people who are truly successful, and of course, my own shortcomings. 

The ‘Think Huge’ ideas have made a noticeable difference in my mindset these last few weeks, for which I am grateful. 

When I was traveling earlier this month, I gave my copy to the cab driver who had told me about his struggles to build a new life for his children after the recent death of his wife.  He has moved to a new community with strong public schools, begun classes at the local community college, and taken a second job (driving a cab) to create a good life.  Just before handing him my book, I commended him for his vision and perseverance.  For his commitment to his family, faith and lifelong learning.  For ‘Thinking Huge.’