The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz, Ph.D.

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Book Review by Daniel R. Murphy

Synopsis of Content:

Schwartz illustrates for us how to use self talk to our advantage and how to defeat those kinds of negative thought that drag us down. He uses a Mr. Triumph and a Mr. Defeat to illustrate this.

In Thinking Big the reader learns how to squelch the voices, both internal and external, that tell us we cannot succeed and how to exploit our ability to use our inner voice to give us more confidence.

Thinking Big means thinking about what we can do and believing in oneself as a self discipline. This 1959 classic is as true and useful today as it was a half century ago. It is further support for the age old concept that when you truly believe you can do it then you can do it, and the how to do it follows. In this book Schwartz gives some good ideas on how to make that your reality.

Readability/Writing Quality:  

This is written in the dense text popular in the 1940s and 1950s. The book may be slow going for modern readers more accustomed to the leaner and better organized books of today. If you can wade through this however it is worth it.

Notes on Author:

The late Dr. David J. Schwartz, Ph.D. was a Georgia State University professor and President of Creative Educational Services, Inc. He was a leading authority on American motivation and leadership. Long before today’s self improvement gurus were teaching self talk Schwartz was teaching people to tell themselves that they are better than they think they are and they will succeed!

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Three Great Ideas You Can Use:

  1. Think progress and believe in progress and you will find progress and success.

  2. What you think about your own ability and potential will have great influence on what you do ultimately achieve.

  3. Salvage lessons learned from each setback and move forward always.

Publication Information:  

The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Published by Fireside/Simon and Schuster in 1987, ©1959, 1965 Prentice Hall. 238 pages.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.