The Five Elements of Effective Thinking

  • by Edward B. Burger, Michael Starbird
  • Narrated by Brian Troxell
  • 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking presents practical, lively, and inspiring ways for you to become more successful through better thinking. The idea is simple: You can learn how to think far better by adopting specific strategies. Brilliant people aren't a special breed--they just use their minds differently. By using the straightforward and thought-provoking techniques in The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking, you will regularly find imaginative solutions to difficult challenges, and you will discover new ways of looking at your world and yourself--revealing previously hidden opportunities. The book offers real-life stories, explicit action items, and concrete methods that allow you to attain a deeper understanding of any issue, exploit the power of failure as a step toward success, develop a habit of creating probing questions, see the world of ideas as an ever-flowing stream of thought, and embrace the uplifting reality that we are all capable of change. No matter who you are, the practical mind-sets introduced in the book will empower you to realize any goal in a more creative, intelligent, and effective manner.
Filled with engaging examples that unlock truths about thinking in every walk of life, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking is written for all who want to reach their fullest potential--including students, parents, teachers, businesspeople, professionals, athletes, artists, leaders, and lifelong learners.
Whenever you are stuck, need a new idea, or want to learn and grow, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking will inspire and guide you on your way.


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Thinking about Thinking

The authors of "The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking", Edward Burger and Michael Starbird, are PhDs in Mathematics. They've taken an analytical approach to thinking and problem solving, analogizing the 'classical elements' of fire, earth, air, water, and adding a fifth: change. It's a clinical, almost elegant solution to the problem of people who think linearly but need to be imaginative and creative.

About half an hour into the book,I found a solution to a small but annoying problem that has been vexing me for two years. I'm not quite sure what suggestion worked, but work it did. I also really liked the idea that when stuck on a problem, throw a bunch of solutions at it and edit away the bad ones until you get one that works.

Do all of 'The 5 Elements' work for everyone, every time? Nope. The first year law student who asks endless "What if?" questions is likely to find himself with his mouth duck taped shut, locked in the handicapped stall of the men's room, handcuffed to the toilet paper dispenser.

Brian Troxell's deep, confident and persuasive voice reminded me of John Cunningham's 'Be a Man' audio from the 1997 movie "In & Out."

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- Cynthia "Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always.""

Thinking that could leads to change

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, reflecting on how to become better at what I do. I read about mindfulness, enjoy learning about brain based research on cognition, and I like thinking about issues like free will, systems of approach and activation, social constructs, and all that sort of good stuff where we have to figure out how to fit in and move about as we relate to others and to the self. So I do a lot of thinking on these topics, but what actions have I taken to become better at what I do? The Five Elements of Effective Thinking is a short, well read, well thought out book. It provides practical advice that you can use to help activate new ways of thinking that could shift your perspective, which in turn could produce more favorable outcomes for you. That’s the key here- change starts with a shift in perspective.
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- Jose

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-19-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios