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Thinking for a Living: Creating Ideas That Revitalize Your Business, Career, and Life Hardcover – October 28, 2001
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If you think about it, think carefully about it, this is an intriguing idea: Come up with terrific ideas and sell them for enormous sums of money. (That in itself is a terrific idea.) In reality, obviously, there are very few people who have the talent to "think for a living" as Reiman does. However, and this is the single greatest value of the book, literally everyone CAN learn from Reiman how to think more creatively in his or her career situation...and to think more creatively about how to improve that situation. Moreover, Reiman has some excellent insights into how to improve one's mental and spiritual health. His values are unashamedly old-fashioned. He seems totally committed to his marriage and parenthood. He seems to have a deep and abiding faith in God. He clearly agrees with Joseph Campbell who once said that "The privilege of a lifetime is to be who you are.Read more ›
This book could have been organized better. Like... major transitions buried deep in paragraphs. Were the sub-heads put there for decoration? The egotistical patty-pat-pat's could have been edited out more. And, where's the meat?
The concept of the book is great, the author is experienced, but the book falls somewhat flat.
This book is like Doug Hall's "Jump Start Your Brain" but minus a lot of its content.
Still, there are some great ideas here. You should buy this book for its references and a few of its ideas. It's an easy read -- and that reflects it's lightness on detail.
One thing I thought was important is the concept of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on the 3 areas of creativity: the expert, the domain, the judges.
Most books discuss how to improve the individual -- the expert. But there are 2 other important areas. The domain is the marketplace... with its competitors, etc. This would be the source of ideas and demand for ideas. The judges are the rewarders of new ideas. In some cases this might be the users who will purchase your product. In other cases it might be the companies that purchase your ideas. They provide value and rewards to the idea generator. We must evaluate and improve all three of these areas. Or, select those areas were there's a good match of all three.
Thankfully, Csikszentmihalyi's books are referenced and discussed. This book also discusses other references as well.
After reading the book I believe the author is a sincere and knowledgeable person. But I believe the purpose of this book was to sell his idea-generating company. Given that off-the-mark main direction, it is no wonder there were so many self-congradulatory anecdotes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is so repetitive. This book is so repetitive. This book is so repetitive. Plus, it never really gets around to fleshing out it's one idea: ideas are going to be big. Read morePublished on September 17, 2013 by Option316
My impression is that this book is more about the author bragging about all that he has accomplished and thought about, than anything else. Read morePublished on February 13, 2012 by Chreader
This book is thought provoking, in the best sense of the word. I'm not entirely through with it but I already know that I will reread it. You can't get enough of a good thing.Published on January 6, 2012 by Ingrid Whiting
The only thing Brilliant or revolutionary about this book is "How does someone turn PURE DRIVEL into a top selling book? Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by Ollie Holmes
Atlanta, Georgia- What you pay for an idea? A dollar? Two or three dollars? How about a million dollars! Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by Dr. Wilson Trivino
The first word that comes to mind when discussing "Thinking for a Living" is "inspiring." Joey Reiman's outlook on the world is completely unique, and his optimistic perspective... Read morePublished on June 10, 2011 by Daniel Cole
This book has nothing to offer ,don,t waste your time reading it.you could give it away to your local church or someone you ...
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Reiman is a terrific visionary, but this is an absolutely mediocre book with little in terms of substance. The material is indeed scattered. Read morePublished on November 23, 2003 by Wernie