This is a great book for me. It definitely keeps me motivated on a daily basis. I love the examples and it provides great formulas for both professional and personal environments. If anyone is willing to move up in the world, and want to strategically make effective plans throughout their lives, it starts with this material.
José M. Batista
I keep forgetting to check for the "abridged" mention. I have yet to like an abridged audio book I liked. This one was no exception. It is a far cry from the unabridged written book I bought some 25 years ago.
I'm a lawyer and mediator. I represent businesses in disputes with their insurers and in other complex litigation. I also assist machinery companies and manufacturers (primarily international) with equipment sales, non-disclosure agreements, and business issues. I also mediate commercial disputes.
This is not a new book itself and there is not a lot new in the book that wasn't covered over 70 years ago by Dale Carnegie and Napoleon Hill. BUT, this book puts it all together in a very concise and actionable package. The performance of the book is interesting, with alternative narrators cutting in to tell stories to give examples. Overall, I found this to be an extremely useful and actionable book. I wish I had read it when it originally came out, but, as Schwartz points out, it is never too late to put the principles into action!
The concept of Thinking Big is a great one, but let me sum this book up in two phrases and save you the 5 hours this book demands. "Think Big. Achieve more."
The Magic of Thinking Big delivers a good, positive message; however, the presentation and material fall far short of anything "big." The soundbites between sections are more of an annoyance than pleasantry and the material leaves the listener with only vague generalities to cling to. I found the overall message positive and not to be a waste of time; however, you could listen to 15 minutes of Dr. Laura and come away with more concrete practices and lessons.
Don't get me wrong; there's good stuff here, but if you've read any Tony Robbins, Dale Carnegie, or really any self-improvement text, you'll already be familiar with what you'll find here.
This book was amusing if it wasn't anything else. The cheesiness made it worth the while. It reminded me of the audio that used to accompany filmstrips from elementary school. Listen to it with a friend and have a good laugh. That being said, it still had a few good nuggets in there that I'll apply.
It seems a little dated with how it is presented, but it is easy to follow. Very good examples of the principles he is talking about.