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The Magic of Thinking Big | [David J. Schwartz]

The Magic of Thinking Big

Millions of people throughout the world have improved their lives using The Magic of Thinking Big. Dr. David J. Schwartz, long regarded as one of the foremost experts on motivation, will help you sell better, manage better, earn more money, and - most important of all - find greater happiness and peace of mind.
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Millions of people throughout the world have improved their lives using The Magic of Thinking Big. Dr. David J. Schwartz, long regarded as one of the foremost experts on motivation, will help you sell better, manage better, earn more money, and - most important of all - find greater happiness and peace of mind.

The Magic of Thinking Big gives you useful methods, not empty promises. Dr. Schwartz presents a carefully designed program for getting the most out of your job, your marriage and family life, and your community. He proves that you don't need to be an intellectual or have innate talent to attain great success and satisfaction - but you do need to learn and understand the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that will get you there.

  • Believe you can succeed and you will
  • Cure Yourself of the Fear of Failure
  • Build Confidence and Destroy Fear
  • Use Goals to Help You Grow
  • Think Like a Leader

    ©1986 David J. Schwartz, Ph.D. All Rights Reserved.; (P) 1986 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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      "The magic of starting here!"

      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.

      7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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      Ginger Mullica Hill, NJ, USA 09-22-07
      Ginger Mullica Hill, NJ, USA 09-22-07
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      "I just enjoyed it!!"

      I felt the information was very helpful and easy to incorporate into my life....Thanks...

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      Mark Toney, AL United States 11-29-14
      Mark Toney, AL United States 11-29-14 Member Since 2005
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      I came across a recommendation for the “The magic of thinking big” while reading the “4 hour workweek”. The first thing that struck me was the narrator – he seemed very enthusiastic, but also seemed to be older. The more I listened though the narration really seemed to be the perfect complement to the content of the book. There is a great deal of really good information in the book and it is delivered in such a quaint way that it is almost like listening to someone you trust giving advice. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, found the information to be very informative. I would say the content is more focused on motivational and somewhat less focused on entrepreneurial content. Dr Schwartz passed away nearly 30 years ago, and yet the messages he conveys are as relevant today as they were then. I would highly recommend this book.

      1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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      johan Double Bay, Australia 11-27-12
      johan Double Bay, Australia 11-27-12
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      What disappointed you about The Magic of Thinking Big?

      There was nothing new to learn. Same as Think and grow Rich but in a simplified format. The whole book could have been written in one paragraph rather than several hours of just repeating the same thing over and over.


      You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

      Yes, it was written in an engaging way.


      Any additional comments?

      Not sure if this is a business book. Comes across more as a self help book for seriously disadvantaged individuals. Like Tim Robbins for kids.

      3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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      John Chamblee, GA, United States 04-28-12
      John Chamblee, GA, United States 04-28-12 Member Since 2009

      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.

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      "Timeless Lessons in a Compact Package"

      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!

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      Thomas Marcy, NY, USA 08-10-09
      Thomas Marcy, NY, USA 08-10-09
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      "Good but repetitive"

      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."

      That's aboutit

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      Juder Kuipers 05-13-08 Member Since 2015

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      "Boring"

      Sorry, but this one was boring with stuff commonly heard elsewhere.

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      Josh Springville, UT, USA 04-08-08
      Josh Springville, UT, USA 04-08-08 Member Since 2007
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      "Fluff but no follow through"

      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.

      5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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      Christopher B. Behrens Kennedale, TX USA 08-29-07
      Christopher B. Behrens Kennedale, TX USA 08-29-07 Member Since 2013
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      "Stuff Addressed Better Elsewhere"

      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.

      5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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      Matthew Bellefonte, DE, USA 07-30-07
      Matthew Bellefonte, DE, USA 07-30-07
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      "Cheesy"

      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.

      3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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