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The Five Elements of Effective Thinking | [Edward B. Burger, Michael Starbird]

The Five Elements of Effective Thinking

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking presents practical, lively, and inspiring ways for you to become more successful through better thinking. The idea is simple: You can learn how to think far better by adopting specific strategies. Brilliant people aren't a special breed--they just use their minds differently.
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The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking presents practical, lively, and inspiring ways for you to become more successful through better thinking. The idea is simple: You can learn how to think far better by adopting specific strategies. Brilliant people aren't a special breed--they just use their minds differently. By using the straightforward and thought-provoking techniques in The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking, you will regularly find imaginative solutions to difficult challenges, and you will discover new ways of looking at your world and yourself--revealing previously hidden opportunities. The book offers real-life stories, explicit action items, and concrete methods that allow you to attain a deeper understanding of any issue, exploit the power of failure as a step toward success, develop a habit of creating probing questions, see the world of ideas as an ever-flowing stream of thought, and embrace the uplifting reality that we are all capable of change. No matter who you are, the practical mind-sets introduced in the book will empower you to realize any goal in a more creative, intelligent, and effective manner.

Filled with engaging examples that unlock truths about thinking in every walk of life, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking is written for all who want to reach their fullest potential--including students, parents, teachers, businesspeople, professionals, athletes, artists, leaders, and lifelong learners.

Whenever you are stuck, need a new idea, or want to learn and grow, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking will inspire and guide you on your way.

©2012 Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Ashanti Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States 07-07-13
    Ashanti Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States 07-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Informative and a different approach to Study"
    If you could sum up The Five Elements of Effective Thinking in three words, what would they be?

    Great insides from a Teacher's standpoint to provoke thinking and learning. Helpful for Students an alike to be better at anything.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great insides and samples to understand the process of thinking.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Insider tips of a Professor.


    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Darcie Leib 01-13-15
    Darcie Leib 01-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Can't wait to listen to it again!"

    Such great formula for a better you! I I'm excited to listen to it again and start practicing on more effective thinking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tunde 01-06-15
    Tunde 01-06-15
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    "Extremely important"

    I really like this book, it introduces you one of those skills that you wonder, "why haven't I heard this before" it really resonates with me. I particularly like parts about learning the fundamentals and asking questions!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Niceville, FL, United States 01-02-15
    Heather Niceville, FL, United States 01-02-15 Member Since 2010

    Mother, Wife, Cultural Anthropologist, always a scholar and lover of books!

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    "Useful, insightful, effective"

    As a lifelong learner and a new teacher, I found many insightful lessons in the chapters of this book. I put some elements to work right away, and am planning how to implement all of them into my personal growth as well as my class design.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Lane 11-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Very good listen"
    Where does The Five Elements of Effective Thinking rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book has a lot of good information. The information tends to make my mind wander and I have to come back to the spot I drifted but this is a good thing. It is good for organizing thoughts and pushing them to the next level.


    What did you learn from The Five Elements of Effective Thinking that you would use in your daily life?

    Learning the basics


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 07-20-14
    Matthew 07-20-14

    I enjoy learning, try to invest time in becoming a better, more considered person & have developed a genuine love in learning new languages.

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    "Delivers on the expectation set by the title"
    Where does The Five Elements of Effective Thinking rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In its category it sits near the top end.

    I've come across similar titles, however the analogies offered and the stories used I found to be valuable and practical in their application. These books can often state at least in part the "obvious", but a well authored title will still have you considering the obvious in more depth and more constructively along with useful new ways to consider key aspects of thought in a practically meaningful way. The Five Elements of Effective Thinking does so exceptionally well.


    Any additional comments?

    The simplicity of the push up analogy in how obvious an analogy it is I feel best represents the brilliance of this title. It's well worth the cost, and there's a good chance you'll get value from this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Lewis San Diego 07-03-14
    R. Lewis San Diego 07-03-14 Member Since 2014

    Exercise Scientist

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    "Should be Prerequisite for College!!!"
    What did you love best about The Five Elements of Effective Thinking?

    I wish I had read this book before undergrad and graduate school! It would have helped me understand my professors so much better! This was an excellent book with it's concepts directly affecting my thought process and my teaching and learning strategies. Most are things that should be common sense but we don't realize them. If you know someone going to college, GET THEM THIS BOOK!!!!! If you are a working professional outside of schooling like me, however, you will still find this book compelling. It has helped me in my creative thought process. I am a public speaker and content creator, in addition to my day job as a fitness professional, and it has helped me immensely with my lecture creation, exercise program design, and even my teaching strategies.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best thought provoking books I have read. If you can take a step back and swallow your pride for a bit, this book will open your mind to new horizons.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David J. Brand 06-22-14 Member Since 2014

    I am interested in the following: leadership, coaching, creativity, design thinking, learning agility, gadgets ...

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    If you could sum up The Five Elements of Effective Thinking in three words, what would they be?

    Full of nuggets


    What did you like best about this story?

    It has many practical tips for increasing your thinking effectiveness


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Many illustrative stories sprinkled throughout.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Five Elements of Effective Thinking?

    Will work more specifically follow the "flow of ideas" as I work.


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to this multiple times to keep top of mind the key concepts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle 06-18-14
    Kyle 06-18-14

    I've got to do something while I walk the dogs...

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    "Incredibly worthwhile"
    What did you love best about The Five Elements of Effective Thinking?

    Concise. Clear. Well-organized. Insightful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It touches on very important principles of effective thinking. Whether analyzing a subject you have currently "mastered" or just delving into a new one, this is a great guide to ensure a firm understanding.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Each chapter is compelling; it's hard to say which could be singled out as the best.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Five Elements of Effective Thinking?

    Countless. I've been through this book more than 5 times already and I have picked up on something new and valuable with each iteration.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is short, but powerful. Very much worth the time and money, in my opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 06-10-14
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    "A good, solid book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Five Elements of Effective Thinking to be better than the print version?

    I can't say as I haven't read the print version. I would think one area the book might be better than the audio program is the "illustration" portions. They sound somewhat disjointed when presented in the audio version. It might be a little easier to read them in the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In my opinion there really aren't any characters that stand out. There are a number of anecdotal stories, many of them regarding students, that are peppered throughout. But, none of them was very memorable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I did somewhat enjoy the short story of the young college student in the calculus class whose dogged persistence paid off in not only his class work, but his self-confidence.


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

    No extreme reactions. It's just a good, solid book that probably needs to be listened to a number of times as I believe with each listen, you'll learn something new.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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