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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.

    Critic reviews

    "One of the world's foremost authorities on motivation, Schwartz shows how thinking big can bring big results. Learn how to set high goals and exceed them in a big way with this easy, step-by-step approach." ( Ingram)

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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    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!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    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!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    Brain food

    I've listened to it at least 4-5 times as it's good to focus the mind on what matters most.

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    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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    A lot of very good ideas

    This contains a lot of good ideas and examples. It's well narrated; the mix of two readers plus audio examples from many different people works well too.

    Overall very good; I certainly came away with a few things to look at

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    Useful

    I enjoyed it a lot, great tips and ideas to apply to your life and improve :)

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    • JP
    • 06-06-16

    Think BIG! And think BIGGER!

    Simple way to approach life to create value using the power of thinking, goal setting and action!

    Add the power of 10x to it.

    Thank you David!

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    Brilliant book!!

    Id recommend this book to anyone with goals and dreams.. Easy to listen to too

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    Positive Book

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, very nicely written

    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic content, excellent narration. If you feel bad about your own life, just start to listen.

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    • Mario
    • 29-12-04

    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

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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    • Thomas
    • 24-09-03

    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.

    45 of 48 people found this review helpful

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    • Brittany
    • 03-04-04

    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?


    67 of 74 people found this review helpful

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    • Gavin
    • 29-06-06

    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!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    • Sarah
    • 07-09-05

    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.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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    • Bruno
    • 18-11-06

    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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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    • Dean
    • 26-10-07

    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 of 16 people found this review helpful

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    • J. M. Batista
    • 05-06-12

    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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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    • PLR
    • 23-08-07

    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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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    • Brian
    • 04-02-13

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful