Zy Marquiez
March 19, 2019

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.  I don’t believe in circumstances.  The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and , if they can’t find them, make them.”
– George Bernard Shaw

“Do not wait: the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.”
– Napoleon Hill

As A Man Thinketh is the magnificent manifestation of an individual that examines individual potential when coupled with a sound mindset

Keenly observing the truth, Allen consistently contemplates how sound mental faculties and a strong mindset are what are ultimately responsible for all individuals achieve in life.  By way of illustration, in Allen’s own words:

“All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is just direct result of his own thoughts.  In a justly ordered universe, where the loss of equipoise would mean total destruction, individual responsibility must be absolute.  A man’s weakness and strength, purity and impurity, are his own, and not another man’s; they are brought about by himself, and not by another; and they can only be altered by himself, never by another.  His condition is also his own, and not another man’s.  His suffering and his happiness are evolved from within.  As he thinks, so he is; as he continues to think, so he remains.”[1][Bold Emphasis Added]

Such are the insightful words of a master at his craft.

As A Man Thinketh is a thorough discourse into the profound implications that the mindset of the individual has for the world around him.  This is one of the most appealing points of the book. 

Allen’s work examines thoughts in relation to character and purpose, the effect of thought on health and circumstances, and much more.

In fact, particularly of note, Allen elucidates on the power of thought and character:

“Thought and character are one, and as character can only manifest and discover itself through environment and circumstances, the outer condition of a person’s life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state.”[2]

I have found this to be the case in my life, and began noticing it considerably when I began employing mindfulness on a daily basis; I became attentive not only to the environs around me, but also to the direct correlation between my thoughts, actions and my circumstances, even the ones that I did not like. 

This was a crucial point for me to comes to terms with, since the state of my life wasn’t going to change until I began changing at the soul level in profound ways.  I say this in hope that others realize the profound truths discussed in this book and how impactful they can be if you are mindful about carefully considering them.

What’s more, Allen’s words are simply poetry itself – elegant, incisive, inspiring, alluring, and highly thought-provoking. 

In fact, I was so inspired by Allen’s writing I had to apprise myself of additional work by him.  As a Man Thinketh prompted me to purchase Mind Is The Master, which features 19 of his works.  This is mentioned for anyone looking to engage in additional work by Allen.  That book follows in the exact vein as this one. 

In essence, Allen’s no-nonsense down to earth approach to the mind, is intricately engaging and helps individuals contemplate the most substantial parts of an individual’s mindset, and how that relates to the life an that person creates. 

Having now read the book whose insightful words resonate with me quite profoundly to say the least, I have grown more centered and better prepared to tackle daily circumstances in a way that I had never before, and with the added element that the words aren’t simply powerful and true, but strikingly beautiful in resounding ways.  As such, As A Man Thinketh has quickly become a mainstay in my daily routine of study.

As A Man Thinketh is a discerning and inspirational read in its totality, made all the more relevant by the fact that science is beginning to bear Allen’s timeless tenets out, as books like The Field – The Quest For The Secret Force of the Universe by Lynne McTaggart and others have expounded upon. 

If you are looking for an author that ruminates at length about the keen power of the individual mind and its power to create from an open-minded point of view, look no further. Complement this book with Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki, Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy, as well as Compound Growth by Darren Hardy, and one has not only the foundation to live a mindful life, but a veritable recipe for success and endless growth.


[1] James Allen, As A Man Thinketh, p. 43.
[2] Ibid., p. 12.  Bold emphasis added. 

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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who aims at empowering individuals while also studying and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.