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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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Publisher's Summary

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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      Chris Louisiana 04-24-13
      Chris Louisiana 04-24-13
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      "Phenomenal, practical advice"

      I've never written a review for anything, much less an audiobook, but because I've found this book more helpful than any I've been through, I felt obliged to do so. Although the book is geared toward success in business, the principles taught in it can easily (and should be) applied to your personal life. This book is essentially applied, practical cognitive behavior therapy...adjust your thinking to adjust your behavior and, in turn, the behavior that others exhibit toward you. I've found that this book has helped more with my attitude and mood than any other book that was geared specifically for improving those two aspects of your life. There is entirely too much good advice to succinctly comment on all of it, but I can assure you that you will benefit from the information taught in this audiobook. I also like the fact that the audiobook was it's own production meant to be an audiobook, and not a dry, verbatim reading of the text version. Do yourself a favor, listen to the book, and enjoy better relationships with yourself and the people around you.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Asenath Waite Boston 03-08-13
      Asenath Waite Boston 03-08-13

      Living is easy with eyes closed... and headphones on.

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      "So, oh so good,"
      What made the experience of listening to The Magic of Thinking Big the most enjoyable?

      It just really stroke a chord with me since all of the advice made so much sense to me and is so practical.


      What did you like best about this story?

      You can listen for 10mins and already be well on your way to improve any aspect in your life.


      Which scene was your favorite?

      Hard to choose, so many goodies in here.


      Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

      Just the idea that belief manifests into reality is so positive and powerful encouragement.


      Any additional comments?

      I highly recommend this audible. I'm in school and reading time is limited but i LOVED listening to this when going out for jogging. Makes you feel empowered. Thank you audible for making this book into an audible version!

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Rae Valencia, CA, United States 02-04-13
      Rae Valencia, CA, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2013
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      "New to Personal Development - Must Read"
      Would you consider the audio edition of The Magic of Thinking Big to be better than the print version?

      I have been a student of Personal Development for over a dozen years, this is a great "starter" book.


      Have you listened to any of David J. Schwartz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

      no


      What did you learn from The Magic of Thinking Big that you would use in your daily life?

      It was more of a reminder.


      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Amazon Customer MACKINAW, IL, United States 11-12-12
      Amazon Customer MACKINAW, IL, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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      "The narration(verbal acting) is the only downfall"
      What did you love best about The Magic of Thinking Big?

      He spoke clear. The message was easy to get..


      What did you like best about this story?

      The poor narration on the 'skit' level and the outdated ambiance ..


      Any additional comments?

      Worth what money you pay....understand the message, dont focus so much on the negatives...

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Guilherme LUANDA, Angola 10-02-12
      Guilherme LUANDA, Angola 10-02-12 Member Since 2015

      Inspired to grow and help others to be better individuals to contribute as a whole.

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      "A book that changed my life's complete perspective"
      What did you love best about The Magic of Thinking Big?

      The lecture, the structure and organization of the book chapters.
      It guides you clearly that makes you understand the content very well.


      Who was your favorite character and why?

      David Schwartz indeed. His way of introducing emotions into the story, the way he conducts and introduces the topics makes the book fun, easy to understand and follow.


      What about David J. Schwartz’s performance did you like?

      Oh yes. He is clear and concise.


      Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

      Yes, it was amazing to learn all that information. I laughed mostly.


      Any additional comments?

      No more comments but great book indeed. A book that i encourage everyone to read and i assure 100% that will change anybody else's view of life.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      J. jung sedona, az 08-21-12
      J. jung sedona, az 08-21-12

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      "very motivating"
      Would you consider the audio edition of The Magic of Thinking Big to be better than the print version?

      I liked the audio version as I can listen to it throughout my day while I am doing other things


      What about David J. Schwartz’s performance did you like?

      He gives great examples and specific tasks to help the listener move towards bigger things in their life, specifically in their professional life and work


      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      peter warwick, RI, United States 08-20-12
      peter warwick, RI, United States 08-20-12
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      "Terrible"
      Would you try another book from David J. Schwartz and/or David J. Schwartz?

      No


      What could David J. Schwartz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

      Organize his thoughts this thing was a mess


      How could the performance have been better?

      Pay a narrator his narration was awful


      If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Magic of Thinking Big?

      I would send him back to the drawing board to organize his thoughts it was all over the place.


      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Walter Bristow, VA, United States 08-13-12
      Walter Bristow, VA, United States 08-13-12
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      "Excellent success guidelines"
      Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

      I would recommend this book as a companion piece to Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich". It helps to underscore a many of the principles learned there. It is also excellent standalone with great suggestions and principles for success.


      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      sergio HOUSTON, TEXAS, United States 08-12-12
      sergio HOUSTON, TEXAS, United States 08-12-12
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      "very simple to understand."
      Is there anything you would change about this book?

      no


      If you’ve listened to books by David J. Schwartz before, how does this one compare?

      first book


      What do you think the narrator could have done better?

      ok for the target


      Who do you think would benefit most from listening to The Magic of Thinking Big?

      I confirmed some ideas and got some new perspectives on other.


      Any additional comments?

      no

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Thiago POMPANO BEACH, FL, United States 07-16-12
      Thiago POMPANO BEACH, FL, United States 07-16-12
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      "Love it."
      Where does The Magic of Thinking Big rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

      I loved this book so much. It tells people how to suceed without kicking ass.


      Who was your favorite character and why?

      Non applicable.


      Which scene was your favorite?

      When the author says about excusitis which is the disease of failure.


      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      "This is old school, things have moved on!"
      What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

      Had this book provided some grounding and research as to why the author was suggesting to do the things he did then it would have been parallel with many more contemporary offerings. More substance would have improved this read immeasurably.


      What was most disappointing about David J. Schwartz’s story?

      A talk at you approach of old school American, motivational "positive mental attitude." When there are such great books around about the psychology of how our mind works and how to control, ("The Chimp Paradox" by Steve Peters for example) this left me cold as it just felt like a bunch of buzz words and nothing more


      How did the narrator detract from the book?

      The narrator was okay, fairly easy to listen to but given the type of book it was the content which was at fault more than the narrator.


      What character would you cut from The Magic of Thinking Big?

      None


      Any additional comments?

      It just feels as though this book is now out of date. Research and evidence is what is required. Its a big title but little more. A real shame!

      3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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      Limerick Ireland
      5/4/15
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      "Motivating book well worth a read"

      Really gets you to start thinking about your future and goals. Very positive book lots of very good tips that I plan to use going forward.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
    • Anthony
      4/29/15
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      "cheesy but great content"

      really liked it, a lot of stuff that makes sense worth another read just incase i missed something

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
    • Jude
      4/22/15
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      "Great book!"

      Very engaging narrator voice and great lessons learned with some really great practical exercises to change your life in a BIG way.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
    • Jan
      Naestved, Denmark
      1/28/15
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      "Nothing new under the sun"

      I thought this was a business book but it turns out to be another self help book. Full of the same old cliche's you have heard a 1000 times before, with nothing new added. Lost patience after about an hour. Unoriginal and boring. Not recommended!

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
    • zephanco
      4/8/13
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      "When did we forget how to do this...?"

      When we were kids, it was easy to think BIG! Big was best - our dreams and hopes were great and unlimited, then somewhere along the line, we forgot how to think BIG! This book is a great reminder of just how to do this. Written in a clear, unfussy style, it shows how think BIG can pay off in all areas of your life!

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
    • Sean
      2/20/15
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      "The best"

      It was amazing book. Thank you. Really helped me learn. So good. Can't believe how much enjoyed. So good. The best

      0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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