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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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    Matthew Sydney, Australia 07-20-14
    Matthew Sydney, Australia 07-20-14 Member Since 2013

    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 2013

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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
    Amazon Customer United States 06-10-14 Member Since 2010
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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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    Nandy Backoulou 04-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Five Elements of Effective Thinking to be better than the print version?

    I would recommend having both.


    What other book might you compare The Five Elements of Effective Thinking to and why?

    I don't have any book in mind, but open to suggestions. If i find similar books (easy to read, to the point, inspiring) i'll read them all.


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

    I learned to the important of questions, following ideas thru, and being open minded.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 04-21-14
    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 04-21-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Maybe for grade school children?"

    From the title, I downloaded this book expecting something more philosophic, instead what I found was something more akin to a how-to manual for poor students wanting better grades. The lessons were very basic and obvious. The analogies and examples were trite. It was wordy, as if the authors were trying to stretch what little they had in order to reach some minimum word count.

    In the end, I had to wonder who exactly they were trying to reach with this book. I mean the poor students who would benefit most from this book would be the least likely to search for it, download it, and listen to it (3 times if you followed the instructions of the authors). I did not finish this book.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    TM Chicago, IL United States 05-06-14
    TM Chicago, IL United States 05-06-14 Member Since 2012

    TJM

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    "Short and Somewhat Useful"
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    Its brevity (at a little over 3hrs) was appreciated since many self-help books have a few basic concepts, but pages and pages of waffle and repetition.

    There is a little waffling here and even some repetition, but the concepts are sound.

    I like the mnemonic used to remember the principles (Earth - think deeply, Fire - embrace failure, Air - ask questions and Water - flow of ideas), it proved quite effective for me.

    This book was definitely written with the young college student in mind and I found parts of it embarrassingly sophomoric, but I'm not above re-evaluating my approach to thinking and found value in it.

    Narration was ok, a bit dry.

    Worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gabe 05-03-14
    Gabe 05-03-14
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    "Brilliant ideas for studying and working."
    What did you love best about The Five Elements of Effective Thinking?

    Practical ideas and techniques to studying and working.


    What other book might you compare The Five Elements of Effective Thinking to and why?

    The Power of Less


    Have you listened to any of Brian Troxell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    It improved my planning when starting a significant project.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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