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The Five Elements of Effective Thinking Audiobook

The Five Elements of Effective Thinking

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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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    TM 05-06-14
    TM 05-06-14

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nandy Backoulou 04-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Beyond Excellent!!"
    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 2014
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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.

    10 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Ahmed Pretoria, South Africa 06-08-16
    Ahmed Pretoria, South Africa 06-08-16
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    "Concise and to the point"

    This is audio book is short and very easy to listen to. It is well narrated and comes packed with great information on how to force change for the better in your life. I highly recommended it!

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    steamer.ssf Baytown, TX, United States 05-19-16
    steamer.ssf Baytown, TX, United States 05-19-16
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    "A Good Reminder on Creative Thinking"

    This is nothing really new but the material is well organized and presented. I found it inspiring and encouraging to challenge my thinking in the daily routine.

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    J. Hamrick Pismo Beach, Ca 05-02-16
    J. Hamrick Pismo Beach, Ca 05-02-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Things many already know."

    I listeners to this short book, without more than confirmation of what I already know.
    Story is not really a story.

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    Jason Dude 04-22-16
    Jason Dude 04-22-16 Member Since 2012
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    "I listen to this book again every few months"

    Amazing advice given in an approachable manner without unnecessary elaboration. I feel I have become a better worker, learner, relative, and friend thanks to the this book.

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    Kumoyo 04-11-16
    Kumoyo 04-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A must-read practical guide to effective thinking!"

    This book has everything you need to know to be an effective thinker! Great work!

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    Brian Ball 04-02-16
    Brian Ball 04-02-16
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    "Learn something every time through."

    The narration is great. I listen to this book every six months or so. Easy value proposition considering it teaches you how to just start - even though you'll get it wrong at first. Start. Make improvements. Get better with each small attempt. Here's how.

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    Kris H 03-03-16
    Kris H 03-03-16

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    "Top performers do an easier task= life changing."

    Exciting root causes for successful learning, product development, even developing a new company. great

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  • MarkPT
    1/22/15
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    "Droning!"
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    Disappointed! I've read a lot of mindset books/self help, and via the reviews was looking forward to this. I only managed an hour - even my 10yr old daughter said "What is that?!" I had to agree! The American narrator does not help - speaking quickly and a dull tone, but the messages are very hazy - I don't mind I pickup just one thing from a book, an hour in and nothing - it's going back

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • JedHoll
    5/9/15
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    "Nice book to listen to"

    Overall if you are a self improvement junkie, there isn't a great deal of new material and a lot of familiar examples. Despite this I really enjoyed the book, the book is broken down into five main "elements" and the authors argue convincingly for each element.
    I found the book very affirming, encouraging and uplifting. It was a new take on the subject.
    I would recommend it.

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  • spencerhudson
    2/26/15
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    "Rewinding and starting again tomorrow - great book"

    Hugley interesting book full of advise and thought provoking ideas. There is a lot to take in and it's going to take a couple of reads , but starting tomorrow again

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