Why you need to think like a child to succeed in life

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

How children think

Children are born with infinite creativity.
The believe that everything is possible.
They know nothing about the limitations adults set for themselves.

If you took few seconds to realize how would a person who thinks like that fare in life you would discover that those are the traits that make people extremely successful.

People who don't understand that everything is possible used to say that Steve jobs had a reality distortion field or a way of thinking that prevented him from seeing reality correctly.

But when you think about for seconds you would realize that almost all of the things Steve Jobs dreamed about became true while most of those who labeled him with those words never got any close to his achievements.

The ones who think that it's impossible to do the impossible are the ones who have a reality distortion field.
Since the day we are born we believe that everything is possible but some things happen to us along the way that turn us into the defeated people we become when we get older.

What happens to us?

As we keep growing we keep getting told by so many people that so many things are impossible. Every person infects us with his own negative beliefs about the world and we accept them as facts.(see Why do people develop false beliefs)

As we grow older we develop more and more negative beliefs, false limitations and a more negative picture of life. As a result we lose the creativity we are born with, we lose our enthusiasm and we become so defeated from the inside that we hardly get motivated to do anything.

Steve Jobs practiced zen and believed so much in its core concepts. One of Zen's concepts is to view everything around you with the eyes of a child. You should never think of limitations or make false assumptions about anything.

As a result of thinking like a Child jobs revolutionized so many industries, became a billionaire and created the most valuable tech company that ever existed (when measured based on market cap).

Apple's market cap is more than 700 billion and it's expected to be the first company that ever reaches the 1 trillion market cap. Jobs believed that everything is possible and that's why he did so many of things that people think are impossible. (see also Jobs' personality traits)

How to think like a child?

So how can a person think like a child?
Just stick to the following:

  • 1- Trash the negative beliefs you learned
  • 2- Never accept anything as a fact. Facts can be changed
  • 3- Stop listening to people and losers
  • 4- Don't make assumptions and never prejudge anything
  • 5- Think without limitations
  • 6- Forget about the rules people set
  • 7- Don't accept someone's definition of the world
  • 8- Know that most people were taught to believe in those limitations

When you do so new doors will open, you will see the world differently and you will be able to change the world.

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Apple's think different campaign that was inspired by Steve Jobs.

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