The world's most successful people have one thing in common: they think differently from everyone else. This ishow John C. Maxwell introduces his New York Times bestseller, How Successful People Think:Consider developing a thinking schedule.Devote 80% of your energy to the most important 20% of your activities. Remember that you can't be everywhere,know everyone, and do everything. And avoid multitasking They're also selective about spending most of their time with people who challenge them.“Ideas have a short shelf life. You must act on them before the expiration date." Thoughts need to be "shaped until they have substance" and need to stand the test of "clarity and questioning." Thinking with others yields higher returns. It's like giving yourself a shortcut. That's why brainstorming sessions areso effective. To reject popular thinking you must be OK with feeling uncomfortable.Break the issue down, Ask why the problem needs to be solved, Identify the key issues, Review your resources, Putthe right people in place. Try new routes to work, meet new people, read books you might even consider boring. The key is exposure to new ideas and ways of life. You can't think you're always right. Give other concepts a chance. They decide what they want to learn from people before walking through the door.If you're not reflecting, it's holding you back more than you think. As Socrates said, "An unexamined life is not worth living."Smart people don't see limitations. They see possibilities. They embrace ambiguity, don't fear failure, and hang out with other creative people. You must appreciate the truth, do your homework and get the facts, think through the pros and cons, consider the worst-case scenario, and align your thinking with your resources.