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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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    Life-changing literature.

    I loved the audio version so much, I immediately went out and bought the unabridged book. You can have a life changing experience if you truly take what Dr. Schwartz says to heart (listen and apply).

    Topics covered are:

    ~How to develop the power of belief
    ~Steps to build confidence and destroy fear
    ~How to think and dream creatively
    ~Ways to harness and develop your ideas
    ~Managing your environment
    ~Improving relationships with people
    ~Turning defeat into victory
    ~Using goals to help you grow
    ~How to think like a Leader
    ...and much, much more.

    If I could only recommend one book to you, this would be it. What do you have to lose? Is the risk of wasting $8.95 more important than possibly finding success and happiness for the rest of your life?


    75 people found this helpful

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    Your mind is a computer garbage.

    There are some useful tidbits in this one but largely it follows the "Your mind is a computer" stuff. At times it almost insults your intelligence. Learning and growth are much more spiritual than this literature would have you believe.

    55 people found this helpful

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    There is allot here

    This is a very concise book on thinking beyond your immediate circumstance and taking a different perspective. The author encourages you to get beyond reacting to others and setting your own course in life. I found the book very helpful but needed to listen to it twice as it gets right to the point.

    51 people found this helpful

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    Simple Learning

    The content of this book is written in a very simple format which is great for negaholics that are trying to make a real change in their lives. For those who follow Covey and Frankl, this book confirms many if not all of their teachings

    25 people found this helpful

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    Don't waste your time or money

    Without question, the most disappointing book I have downloaded from Audible.com: There is no "magic" to "The Magic of Thinking Big". This rehash of tired platitudes doesn't even rise to the level of "common sense dressed up in sales-speak." Instead, it is a continual sell job that brings to mind the worst of late-night television sell-a-thons.

    It is poorly narrated as well -- the sound quality was about what I get when I read notes or text selections into my computer to share with friends and associates. The narrator sounds like a huckster -- I was particularly struck by his reference to "bleefs" (beliefs)!

    Don't waste your time or money; this is a zero star book, rated at one only because zero is not an option. There are many great and wonderful books available from Audible.com and you can put your attention to far better effect with any of the others.

    18 people found this helpful

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    This a great book

    I loved this book and every so often go back and listen to it again as there is so much inspiration in it. Yeah, I know some people say it's just a load of self-improvement mantras rehashed into a new pot, but I love the way it's presented, the change in voices, the changes in tempo and you can't help smiling once you've been listening to it. My only minor niggle is the 'plastic' music used to divide the sections - but I'll forgive this for the feel-good factor.

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    A Big Winner

    I listen to a lot of motivational audio books and read some as well. Often times they are hit or miss. This book was just GREAT! I loved it and learned a lot from it. It gives great examples that you can actually relate to.

    14 people found this helpful

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    A classic

    Read the book over 10 years ago (and many times since), then got the audio. Simple & Easy to follow. This book is a classic. I only wish it were unabrigded.

    14 people found this helpful

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    The Magic of Thinking Big

    If you've had any exposure to the motivational crowd (Robbins et al) you should pass on this one. It feels dated. If you?ve never experienced a motivational book or seminar?tuck in.

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    Should have known better...

    I keep forgetting to check for the "abridged" mention. I have yet to like an abridged audio book I liked. This one was no exception. It is a far cry from the unabridged written book I bought some 25 years ago.

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    • 07-23-14

    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?

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    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!

    7 people found this helpful

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    • Teresa
    • 08-09-16

    Great book! think big, be happy & plan ahead.

    listening go this inspiring book while I walked in the park, get ready for work or clean the house. life isn't the same without goals and vision!

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    • Si
    • 07-12-15

    Buy it and implement

    A great program with real actionable strategies that can make a real difference to your life.

    A good balance of story and actors to keep you engaged and entertained.

    One of my favourite repeat monthly to keep you on track.

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    • Lovelylozzo
    • 03-14-21

    Awesome!

    Loved it! it has allowed me to identify certain things within me that I MUST change to enable me to become even more successful in what I am doing. I have been my own enemy by limiting myself and goals. Think BIG, make changes and act more. Walk with authority, think and speak positivity and more.

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    • Krisstal
    • 10-23-18

    Inspiration

    Uplifting and motivating advice no natter what era.
    Give it a try ypu can win.

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    • C Wild
    • 01-18-18

    It really is Magic!

    I had the good fortune to be introduced to this book when I was just 18 and it opened my mind to the power of belief in yourself and positive thinking. It has been a book that I have purchased for many people close to me as gifts and I have read many times over the years each time learning and reminding myself of how powerful my own thoughts are. True magic, thank you David J Schwartz. Christoz.

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    • Chukwu
    • 03-14-22

    A great audiobook for self-improvement.

    This is best audiobook I have listened to this year. It is a must for anyone interested in self-improvement.

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    • michael feeney
    • 11-13-21

    Excellent listen with great reminders

    The magic of thinking BIG ans how to ensure you do..

    Great listen well done

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    • Anonymous User
    • 09-10-21

    Great book

    Very actionable and straight forward.

    A great reminder why it makes scientific sense to believe in yourself and think positively.

    I loved it!

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    • Anonymous User
    • 10-21-20

    Great book to read for you need to open your mind

    I love this book. great read to open you mind, for any one want to grow within the busness world.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 03-13-20

    I recommend this to start your self help journey

    here you gonna find all the steps you need to start! give it a go!

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    • Mohammad Chamanpara
    • 08-20-22

    Profoundly impactful

    An amazing book to let go of self limiting beliefs and replacing them with faith in one's own abilities. Introduces several wonderful ways, approaches and tools for success. Absolutely life changing.

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    • Christina
    • 11-23-21

    worth listening to more than once

    Llots of ideas and examples. Need a pen and paper to jot down things. will listen to again

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    • YLIACK A HERRERA
    • 10-16-21

    Amazing

    This book is a must if you want to get in the right path of success. It confronts your way of thinking and pushes you to understand that there is much mute you can do to think big.

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    • Tina Greatz
    • 03-18-21

    Made me think bigger

    Thank you for the wake up call I start my journey right now.... I totally recommend this book.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 11-02-20

    Yiew!!!

    Great Mindset booster.
    Recommend to anyone looking to advance in a role or better themselves as an individual or an employee and colleague.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 08-23-20

    Think Big!

    Bring peace to mind that anything is possible if we choose to think outside the box.

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    • Aden Omnet
    • 06-26-20

    Love it

    Loved it so much I read it twice in a week and shared it with all my friends.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 12-20-19

    Old school but first class👍

    Made you think, reflect and want to be a nicer better person. Provided some great practical tips for work, family and life.

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    • Jess Trask
    • 01-23-19

    book did not load

    this book did not load, I have been unable to listen. Unable to report the error