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The Present

The Gift that Makes You Happy and Successful at Work and in Life
Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (210 ratings)

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A timely gift from the author of Who Moved My Cheese?, Spencer Johnson, M.D.

Dr. Johnson's stories of timeless, simple truths have changed the work and lives of millions of readers and listeners around the world. Now comes an insightful new tale of inspiration and practical guidance for these turbulent times.

The Present is the best gift you can receive, because it makes you happy and successful!

That's true whether it means:

  • Having peace of mind and feeling more alive; or
  • Being more productive and more prosperous; or
  • Finding whatever is important to you and to those you work and live with.

    For over two decades, Spencer Johnson has been inspiring and entertaining millions with his simple yet insightful stories of work and life that speak directly to the heart and soul.

    The Present will help you focus on what will make you happy and successful in your work and in your personal life. You may find that it is the best gift you can ever give yourself.

  • ©2003 Doubleday (P)2009 Random House

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    "Many of the people I have observed could have been even happier and more successful, in their careers and their lives, had they been given the gift of The Present." (Norman Augustine, Former Chairman, American Red Cross)

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    excellent thought builder!! well written...

    I would recommend this book for any one to read. it helps to put "stuff" in perspective! a very good read.

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    A blueprint for happiness.

    I was very excited by the end of this book. It had amazing advice that I intended to incorporate into my daily life and will be listening to it again and again I for many years to come!

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    Great Author!

    Great helpful advice!Great ideas! I love this author's books .Who moved my cheese was a great book too.Can't wait to read his other books ,life changing. I want to share this with everyone.

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    easy good read

    I liked how simple the story is to understand. puts life in an easy to understand concept to follow. focus on the present, learn from the past, plan for the future

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    Another must read

    If you know Spencer Johnson already, this is more classic Spencer with great story telling with a message. If don't, The Present would be a good place to start.

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    Good and short

    it was a good story that could have used more solid content, but good all the way around.

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    A repeatable life-changing read.

    Dennis Boutsikaris is an exceptional narrator, his manner and presentation make this book enjoyable to listen to again and again, which it's powerful message requires.

    I have several of Spencer Johnson's works in both written and audio formats. His narrative styles makes complex and life-changing concepts easy to comprehend, remember and apply. His humility, which can best be summed up as remember that you are human, makes his anecdotes so applicable.

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    Another great book by Spencer Johnson

    A short book containing a crucial message - the importance of living today and enjoying life.

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    Great Read

    Love the Life Lessons, Balance of Life, and just the overall message the book sends in general. Nice!