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The Magic of Thinking Big

Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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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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    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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    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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    Great material

    Initially i wasn't drawn, but as i started to open up i started to really appreciate the simplicity in this message. Lots of great tools and information throughout, i just didn't really love the extra voice commentary at times.

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    Listen to this with a pen at the ready

    There’s some great advice in this book and it makes you feel very positive and motivated while listening. It keeps you very engaged. Everything is delivered succinctly and all pieces of advice are so simple, Yet understated. You’ll want to jot things down!

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    Good fundamentals

    The last chapter was of best value for me in finding what I need to do to achieve my goals

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    solid content inside

    this book is excellent - lot of useful tips how to be happy and productive.

    I strongly recommend to read this book combined with 80/20 principle.

    well done Dr Schwartz !



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    The magic of thinking big

    I really enjoyed this audible. Fantastic for anyone looking for more out of life highly recommended.

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    Very Interesting Book!

    Great content. Examples were good. Helps refocus you on goals and actually just doing something nice to make others feel good, making u feel good.

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    Short and powerful! Loved it.

    Great narration, flows well and has a TONNE of great tips and advice to make you a better and more successful person.

    *WARNING* Only listen to if you want your life changing!

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    great

    loved it. listened to it on a long car trip. very ibdpiring and easy to listen to

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    • Mario
    • 29-12-2004

    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

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    • Thomas
    • 24-09-2003

    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.

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    • Brittany
    • 03-04-2004

    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?


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    • Gavin
    • 29-06-2006

    A kick in the rear

    I listen to a lot of self help books (believe me I need it) and I found this one to be one of the best. The multiple narrators and scenes gave the book a liveliness I haven't encountered before. The tips were practical and easily applicable to daily life. The sheer positive ness of this book makes you want to jump start your life. It’s a good one!

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    • Bruno
    • 18-11-2006

    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.

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    • Sarah
    • 07-09-2005

    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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    • J. M. Batista
    • 05-06-2012

    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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    • Rae
    • 04-02-2013

    New to Personal Development - Must Read

    Would you consider the audio edition of The Magic of Thinking Big to be better than the print version?

    I have been a student of Personal Development for over a dozen years, this is a great "starter" book.

    Have you listened to any of David J. Schwartz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no

    What did you learn from The Magic of Thinking Big that you would use in your daily life?

    It was more of a reminder.

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    • Dean
    • 26-10-2007

    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.

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    • PLR
    • 23-08-2007

    Great book

    This book is very motivational and has good ideas. I don't know that the techniques were cutting edge, but are still very practical and enduring. I actually listened to the book twice.

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    • Simon Byrne
    • 12-07-2015

    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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    • Krisstal
    • 23-10-2018

    Inspiration

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

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    • Christopher Dawkins
    • 18-01-2018

    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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    • Teresa
    • 09-08-2016

    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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    • Robin
    • 23-07-2014

    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?

    None

    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!

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    • Fresher1
    • 06-02-2020

    Felt very dated

    The topics are definitely valid but the reading and sounds felt very dated. Would recommend getting another title.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 22-01-2020

    Lots of thought provoking comments

    Loved this book. It was recommended and there were so many take aways that are of value. Not worrying about mistakes and learning to gain experience by breaking through obstacles are just two for me.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 25-11-2019

    It's an interactive book. causing me to be active

    Over all, the book allows you to think out loud and examine some of the ways in which you are currently living. I've taken on board some of the points for example just giving yourself 30 minutes of silence. At first it was impossible., I'd find things to distract me... truly sad. but I'm getting there.

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    • Mr Adam Fillary
    • 18-11-2019

    didnt quite flow for me but superb logic

    slightly dated but the premise is good... I think they could weave a modern play or some of the case studies. core content is still mostly relevant .

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    • Thali Lotus
    • 11-09-2019

    Short & Sweet

    great use of comparison and examples to help demonstrate how applicable things can be used on your work life