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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.
©2012 Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By R. Lewis on 07-03-14

Should be Prerequisite for College!!!

What did you love best about The Five Elements of Effective Thinking?

I wish I had read this book before undergrad and graduate school! It would have helped me understand my professors so much better! This was an excellent book with it's concepts directly affecting my thought process and my teaching and learning strategies. Most are things that should be common sense but we don't realize them. If you know someone going to college, GET THEM THIS BOOK!!!!! If you are a working professional outside of schooling like me, however, you will still find this book compelling. It has helped me in my creative thought process. I am a public speaker and content creator, in addition to my day job as a fitness professional, and it has helped me immensely with my lecture creation, exercise program design, and even my teaching strategies.

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One of the best thought provoking books I have read. If you can take a step back and swallow your pride for a bit, this book will open your mind to new horizons.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Tudor on 11-12-12


What made the experience of listening to The Five Elements of Effective Thinking the most enjoyable?

Easy to understand and all the chapters and elements followed on nicely

Which character – as performed by Brian Troxell – was your favorite?

The struggling maths girl

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, this is a book that I like to listen to over and over again

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29 of 31 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By MarkPT on 01-22-15


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Disappointed! I've read a lot of mindset books/self help, and via the reviews was looking forward to this. I only managed an hour - even my 10yr old daughter said "What is that?!" I had to agree! The American narrator does not help - speaking quickly and a dull tone, but the messages are very hazy - I don't mind I pickup just one thing from a book, an hour in and nothing - it's going back

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Gari on 07-08-17


Loved this book from beginning to end. It's a quick one but packs a punch! Essential reading for all...

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