The Magic of Thinking Big was initially published in 1959 and has sold over 4 million copies since then. From the reviews I’ve read people seem to compare it to the famous “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie.
The Magic of Thinking Big is divided into thirteen chapters each tacking a different issue. It comes with specific examples of different people applying the different ways of “Thinking Big” and each chapter has a summary with a list so you can go over the different sections and areas in which you think you need to improve.
The advice itself? I think there are definitely things that everybody can take from this book. The tips themselves are very general and can be applied to all different types of professions and walks of life. Personally, I found Dr. Schwartz’s way of defining success a little limiting – with a great bias towards making more money – and the advice slightly misleading (e.g. to make more money you have to work harder and longer, but this is disguised under other traits such a “persistence, commitment, helping out others, take on the work of other people”).
It was definitely interesting reading a book in which the author assumed that the reader is a republican, I don’t believe I’ve come across that in any other book before.
To be more positive though, the author compliments the reader throughout the entire book, which is very gratifying. There are so many different tips inside the book, that everybody can take something from it – be it “be more positive”, “interact with people outside of your usual group”, “complain less” or “don’t make up excuses” – there is something for everybody. The points themselves are also very descriptive and explain how you can get about fixing some of these traits that you know are holding you back.
Lastly, this book is written for males in the 60s, all women are treated as housewives. I just thought I’d mention this because I didn’t know this before starting the book and I got really worried about the blatant sexism.
Overall a quick and interesting read. Not very heavy and with tips to improve your lifestyle and habits.
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