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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470432373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470432372
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every year, millions of people fall victim to a debilitating disease—a disease that cripples careers, destroys relationships, and undermines the health and happiness of the entire world. This disease is responsible for poverty, crime, war, natural disasters, and our economic ills. It has had no name until now—it's called small thinking. Its hallmarks are a failure of imagination and a disbelief in human possibility.

In The Think Big Manifesto, Michael Port calls you, and the world, to action by offering a simple solution to a serious syndrome. Think big, commit to quantum change, envision your future, climb your mountains, and incite the revolution our society needs—if it is to survive.

But it takes a personal revolution to stop accepting what is and start energetically creating what is possible. You can't wait until later to do big things. It's up to you to achieve your dreams, to head in the right direction, and to keep your focus. If you think you've waited too long, that there's no point anyway, or that it's too late—that's just small thinking.

But even the most talented and self-confident among us often forget to think big. It's not always easy to do. That's why The Think Big Manifesto is not your average motivational guide. In these pages are ten fundamental principles for thinking big and a personal code of conduct for changing the way you approach the world—today. The time has come. Port urges you not to sit back, hesitate, or wait. He awakens your big-thinking self. He stirs the contagious, catalytic power of once dormant big thoughts that are now ready to be released. He asks you to look inward, outward, and upward—to think bigger about who you are and what you offer the world.

The Think Big Manifesto is about changing every aspect of your life—from the way you work to the way you relate to friends, family, and community. With real examples that inspire and inform—like the high school dropout who built a $100 million business or the hedge fund manager who became an organic dairy farmer—The Think Big Manifesto isn't only about thinking big in your career, but about your very place in the world.

Are you ready to lead the change you wish to see in the world? Your Think Big Revolution starts right here, right now—with you.

About the Author

Michael Port is the author of Book Yourself Solid, Beyond Booked Solid, and The Contrarian Effect, all from Wiley. He is the creator of ThinkBigRevolution.com, a global social networking site for big thinkers, has been called a "marketing guru" by the Wall Street Journal, and has been featured on every major television network.

Mina Samuels is a freelance writer and editor. A former lawyer, she works on a wide range of topics including business, finance, legal issues, biography, sports, and fiction.


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If you're interested to see how many times "think big" can be used in a sentence, this is the book for you.
Michael Wilson
Us humans like to think we can read one thing once that will tell us what to do, and then we have all the answers and will do it right from here on out.
Renewment Counseling
Just like Michael does in person, this book reminds us that thinking big is the way for positive change--in our lives and in the world at large.
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55 of 63 people found the following review helpful By B Humphrey on May 29, 2009
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I'm halfway through the book, and this book is an empty suit. You can sum the message up in two simple sentences.

Think big. Don't think small.

There, I just saved you a bunch of time, and the price of a book.

Seriously, it is hard to imagine writing an entire book that just keeps repeating the same thing over and over again. Can I have a refund please?
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Terrance L. Weber on May 28, 2009
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Author could have said it in one page, did not need a whole book. He repeated the title over and over and over and over and over and over and over,... need I say more?
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Fischer on June 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Sadly, this book was a great disappointment. Page after page was the same and there didn't seem to be anything groundbreaking here the the constant call to Think Big became annoying. Do not waste your money...if you have half a brain you are already thinking beyond this book.
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59 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Ray Edwards on April 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I read this book as a favor to a friend.

I did it to be courteous.

Frankly, I was going to speed-read the book just so I honestly could say that I had read it. I am a busy guy, and I had a lot of other books that were higher on my "need to read" list.

I rapidly skimmed the first 5 pages or so.

Then I stopped.

I went back and starting reading slowly.

You see, I had that delightful experience that doesn't happen to me very often... I had run across a book that delighted me by wildly exceeding my expectations.

I read a lot of "self-help" and "business philosophy" books (it's part of what I do for a living, let's leave it at that), and most of them are tripe.

This book is different. Very different.

While I was reading The Think Big Manifesto, I was, by turns, challenged, provoked, charmed and even once or twice annoyed. And I found myself thinking BIGGER about myself and what I bring to the world by the time I reached the last page.

And not one time did Mr. Port use any of the normal "motivational speaker" tricks, nor did he trot out any over-used cliches like "your attitude determines your altitude".

As I said, this book is different.

A fresh view on what it means to "think bigger" (and no, this is NOT a "get rick quick" book... FAR FROM IT.)

This is NOT one of those ephemeral "little books" that come and go like a fad; yes, you CAN read it in a couple of hours. But it will stick with you much longer. And if you're like me, you'll find yourself reading it a second time, with a pen and notebook at your side.

Highest recommendation!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jack A. Skeels on March 6, 2011
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Why read the recent reviews? I'll explain in a sec. But first, my comments.

I am a Michael Port fan and feel that Book Yourself Solid was a truly excellent book. And I think that this book, The Think Big <whatever>, is pretty bad. The name itself is misleading as the book is a shamble, a ramble and rant, all packaged up as if it actually makes some sense. Probably the worst part, IMO, is the first thirty-something largely self-indulgent and incoherent pages where he just goes on and on about injustices in the world and the pending revolution that we need: "...There's a war on. There's some heavy environmental stress that's coming to a boil, so to speak. There's too much poverty. There are children who cannot read...." As if this is news, a crisis or in fact, something that has not been the case for millennia. In fact, most of the things that he cites as precipitators of the need for the <whatever> (including slavery in the US) are things that have improved radically within the last 20-50 years. The book is not about these things, nor is it really about you changing the world or your life.

The title includes the word Manifesto, which I think is an inappropriate use of that word and very misleading. Our US Declaration of Independence is a manifesto. It starts with a clear statement of conditions and principles, and then outlines a specific course of actions. Generally a manifesto combines these actions in a new way, or comes up with some new actions. Jason Fried's book, Rework, which I am not crazy about, at least adheres to this model. The Think Big <whatever> literally closes with platitudes that are either obvious or just plain silly. That final section includes him letting the readers know that "I love you very much (but not in a weird way)....
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By I Buy Lots of Books on May 22, 2009
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When I finally finished reading The Think Big Manifesto: Think You Can't Change Your Life (and the World)? Think Again I put it down and said to myself, "Huh? What was that all about?" It was like a bad movie with no ending. It seemed to ramble along a road to nowhere. I had such high hopes; the title was amazing, the marketing and PR piqued your curiosity. I could hardly wait for Amazon to get it to me in the mail. Now, I can hardly wait to return it to Amazon. I have a big library but this book is NOT going in it. I like books with actual content. This one was a "think BIG" disappointment.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Warwick Davis on June 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I had high hopes for this book as it was bought to my attention via a Seth Godin post. Turns out to be a cheesy "you can do anything you set your mind to" piece of fluff, pages and pages of drivel. It is rare I don't finish a book I shell out my own money on, but I only got a couple of chapters into this one. After a quick flick forward to see that the rest of the book kept going down the same path I cut my losses.
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