Quick Summary: You Can Win by Shiv Khera teaches you why you must have a value system in your life. It also gives you an idea about basic concepts like self-esteem and real education.
Who Should Read ‘You Can Win Summary’? And Why?
Those who are looking to get a holistic idea of the self-improvement niche should read this book summary.
Why you should read this book summary?
In this summary, you’ll learn various concepts about life, like why it’s essential to have the right environment, proper education, self-esteem, vision, mission, etc.
About the author: Shiv Khera
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He’s also “one of the most sought-after speaker.”
You Can Win Summary (PDF)
In this summary, I’m going to give you all the lessons that I’ve learned from ‘You Can Win’ by Shiv Khera.
Without further ado, let’s dive right in.
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Key Lesson #1: Build Your Attitude Right
“Attitude” is one of those words that keeps popping up over and over again.
Yes, it’s that important. Most successful people get their attitude right before they become successful.
Your attitude is determined by how you think and behave.
It will help if you keep the right attitude while facing any circumstance.
Often the people you surround yourself with effect your attitude.
That’s why you should protect your mind from harmful influences.
The author suggests that you spend your time with total quality people (TQP) who have goals and ambitions.
This way, you’ll learn valuable things like good character and values from them.
Also, it’d add substance to your character.
In Attitude Is Everything, Jeff Keller discussed a similar thing.
He explained how one can alter his life by changing his attitude.
Your attitude serves a foundation. And by having a strong foundation, you make sure that other things fall in the right place.
Can a building with weak foundation survive turbulence from an earthquake?
The same is with us.
How come a person with the wrong attitude could survive the problems in life?
Attitude also affects your outlook towards life.
For instance, two people, when subjected to the same problem, might react differently depending on how they see the problem.
This is how attitude determines the level of success a person would achieve in his life.
Suggested Reading: Attitude Is Everything Summary
Key Lesson #2: Understand The Factors That Affect Your Attitude
There are various factors that affect your attitude, but the main factors are:
The environment could be taken care of by surrounding yourself with TQP. (Discussed already.)
Experience is gained over time. By building a community with TQP, you’ll enrich your experience.
Education also determines your attitude to a large extent. For example, if you read a lot of self-help books, your worldview would be different than an average person.
Building the right attitude is like building the right foundation of a house. So make sure that you aren’t messing this up.
Insight: There are plenty of book summaries and articles here on this website (like the one you’re reading). Read them all to enrich yourself with lots of valuable insights, which will further help you in setting the right attitude.
Key Lesson #3: Don’t Fake It
Heard the advice “Fake it till you make it.”?
This is one of the worst advice ever. Why? Because you can’t fake anything for a long time. You can’t pretend every time by putting on a fake personality.
The only way to improve your personality is to add substance to it.
For instance, if you wish to have a charming personality, then work for it.
You won’t become charming by faking. Do exercise, read books, do exciting things, work with amazing people…
Knowing this would help you in developing and maintaining a right mindset.
You can’t build a right attitude by thinking only, and worst — pretending.
Key Lesson #4: Choose positive attitude over the negative one
Positive Or Negative: Which Type Of Attitude Is The Best?
You always have a choice. So it’s up to you what attitude you choose.
According to the author, you should stick with positive attitude.
A positive attitude helps you stay more productive, reduces stress, encourages you to be a problem solver, and improves the quality of your life.
And conversely, a negative attitude do you more harm than good and often leads you to resentment.
Key Lesson #5: Embrace The Change
Why do you think most people stick to a negative attitude despite knowing that it’s harmful to them?
That’s because their natural tendency is to resist change.
No one wants to change. Because ‘change’ often requires that you leave your comfort zone and do things that you’ve never done before.
As discussed already, not adapting with the change causes more problems.
So embrace the change. Set your attitude right. Solve your problems for good. F*ck the negative attitude.
At least develop a desire to change your attitude and make it right.
Stop blaming others for your own problems!
The choice is yours, whether you want to keep blaming the world or you want to change your life for good with the right attitude and action.
Key Lesson #6: Have The “Do It Now” Attitude
These three words if followed could change your whole life.
Most people live with the “Do it later” attitude rather than “Do it now” attitude.
Procrastination is a major problem these days.
The author says that when you procrastinate, your energy drains a lot faster than usual. You should do things without wasting your time. That way, you’ll feel more energized with a sense of achievement.
But people with negative attitude barely get above point. They keep procrastinating. And as a result, they regret later.
Just do it. Don’t procrastinate and delay your success!
Key Lesson #7: “Utilize Your Present To The Fullest”
There is no point on blaming. (I hope you got the last point.)
The thing is: better or worse, you are here now on this planet to survive.
You’ve got to do your best at any given moment or at least utilize your time to its fullest. This is what people with a positive attitude do. They live in the present moment and do what they can do in the best possible way.
Living in the present doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve to ignore the past and future altogether. That’s not even possible, considering the big memory bank you have in your head.
The idea is to use your time in the best possible way. And to do that you’ll have to plan of course. Often people fail to get this idea right.
Note: You’ll need to stop procrastinating to apply this learning.
Key Lesson #8: Education Is More Than You Think
If you’re reading this summary, you probably know what real education is.
There is a lot of fuss about academic qualifications and degrees when people talk about education.
Especially, things like character building and teachings related to morals and ethics are entirely ignored or are underestimated in comparison to technical knowledge.
Is the education system following the right approach? Why is that there are walking failures in our society who don’t understand moral values and lack humanity?
That’s because education today is focused on filling the information in our brains. Most of the so-called educated people are living encyclopedias who can’t even handle their shit. (Sorry for the slang!)
Here is what the author says about education:
“True education is training of both the head and the heart.” by Shiv Khera
It is only by working on both head and heart that you become educated for real.
Real education comes through real-life experiences. An educated person is competent enough to use his skills in the right circumstances.
Even if you’re a post-graduate on a topic, it doesn’t matter unless you know how to put that knowledge to use.
“Knowledge is only potential power.”
How do you know if you’re educated?
I bet the author isn’t completely against the idea of acquiring academic qualifications.
The point is:
Instead of deluding yourself by reading a few books and calling it a day, ask critical questions to yourself. Here are a few questions you could try:
My advice: Don’t limit yourself to books. Look what’s happening in the real world. Learn how to put your knowledge to use. And make this world a better place.
Key Lesson #9: Never Underestimate The Power Of Common Sense
Education is nothing without common sense.
Often people believe that common sense is an ordinary thing. But the author says that common sense in abundance is actually wisdom.
You don’t need fancy degrees or qualifications to call yourself wise. Wisdom comes automatically when common sense is applied and accumulated in life.
Common sense gives you the ability to think and differentiate between what’s good or bad for you. So use it every time you make a decision.
In fact, not using this extreme power would lead you to failure. You’ll regret not using common sense when you needed to.
Many people lose their credentials, become victims to hackers, and lose their money.
If only those people start using common sense and avoid downloading malicious files to their laptop or PC, they will prevent such tragedies.
What’s more, academic education doesn’t teach you how to use common sense.
Takeaway: Avoid being ignorant. Learn to apply common sense in every aspect of your life.
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You Can Win Quotes
Here are some of my favorite quotes from You Can Win by Shiv Khera:
“Think only the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best. ~ Shiv Khera
“Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others.” ~ Shiv Khera
“Never leave till tomorrow which you can do today.” ~Benjamin Franklin
“Count your blessings, not your troubles.” ~Shiv Khera
“True education is training of both the head and the heart.” ~Shiv Khera
You Can Win Book Review
I read this book on my mobile. Well, this is a long one. It isn’t for those who struggle to understand lengthy books.
What kind of book is ‘You Can Win’?
This book felt similar to Robin Sharma’s Who Will Cry When You Die as it gives a holistic view of various concepts like vision, values, education, environment, and much more.
I already knew many things that are taught in this book. That’s because I read this kind of stuff all the time.
But if you’re a beginner and don’t even have the slightest clue about various aspects of life, you should give this book a read.
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