In a recent post, I asked where the idea of positive thinking came from and, what seems to be happening to it in this age of pessimism and negativity. Author Mitch Horowitz in One Simple Idea calls positivism – the belief that a positive attitude can impact success – “The American Creed.” This creed has roots with our Republic’s founding fathers: Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Hancock and Paul Revere. Incidentally, all of the aforementioned were Freemasons, early proponents of positive mindset philosophy.
One Simple Idea is a thorough chronicle of the concept of positive thinking, from the early 19th century to the present day. Writing with a storyteller’s skill, Horowitz brings to life the philosophy and principles put forth by such figures as Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy; Emma Curtis Hopkins, first an apostle and then an apostate of Eddy’s; Bill Wilson and Bob Smith, cofounders of Alcoholics Anonymous; Think and Grow Rich author Napoleon Hill; business guru Dale Carnegie; positive-thinking minister Norman Vincent Peale; and former president Ronald Reagan. Horowitz shares fascinating and intimate details that offer insights about each of these important individuals as well as others.
One Simple Idea is rich with historical perspective, but the book’s real importance is the fact that it will be sure to stir up much thought about the notion of positive thinking.
March 2011 - Inventors Club of KC (ICKC) Monthly Meeting.
Topic - One Simple Idea, Turning Your Dreams into a Licensing Goldmine.
Guest Speaker - Stephen Key.