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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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    Sean United States 06-10-14
    Sean United States 06-10-14 Member Since 2015
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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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    TM 05-06-14
    TM 05-06-14

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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.

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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.

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    L Incerpi 08-28-15
    L Incerpi 08-28-15
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    "Brilliant!"

    Just finish my second listen. I've decided I'm going to listen to this book every week until its principles become an automatic part of my processing systems.

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    Paris 08-26-15
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    "Thought provoking "

    I've gone through this book multiple times from start to finish. I love it. It helps me think about my own tasks in different and effective ways.

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    Ellen S Robinson 08-12-15
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    "Insightful and unique "

    The authors have identified counter cultural and very key skills to broaden your perspective. Very instructive

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    Robert 08-03-15
    Robert 08-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Perspective"

    It'll definitely give you another way of seeing things throughout life. I've been able to work my way through my challenges revolving around work, personal life, and emotional satisfaction by using some of the methods provided in this book. Would highly suggest to read it, and I'm looking forward to listening it to it again.

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    mlw 07-21-15
    mlw 07-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    Fundamental concepts everyone needs to master. Concepts are laid out well, and the three listen recommendation seems like good advice.

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    Molly 07-14-15
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    "buy this!!"

    IT IS VERY USEFUL! QUICK TO THE POINT AND IMMEDIATELY APPLICABLE TO LIFE!

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