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Your Next Big Thing: 10 Small Steps to Get Moving and Get Happy Hardcover – December 18, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (December 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440540764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440540769
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,540,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An insightful book that encourages readers to stop running in place and start the clinical psychologist's ability to sift through a myriad of books, articles, and papers is the secret behind Your Next Big Thing's well of easy-to-understand information." --The Key Reporter

About the Author

Ben Michaelis, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and the author of numerous scholarly articles and studies. He has been featured in The Huffington Post, Parents magazine, Entertainment Weekly, the New York Times, and many other well-known publications and websites. His popular weekly blog on Psychology Today focuses on the importance of creativity in personal and professional growth. He lives in New York, NY.


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Dr. Ben Michaelis, a graduate of Columbia and New York Universities, is a clinical psychologist who helps patients achieve mental health and well-being through creativity. Dr. Michaelis's treatment approach, which emphasizes the innate capacity and desire for imaginative play, was forged during his clinical internship at Bellevue Hospital and his work with inmates from the New York City Correctional System. He has been in private practice in Manhattan since 2004, working with a diverse clientele, including musicians, actors, writers, entrepreneurs, attorneys, executives, and teachers.

Dr. Michaelis's writing has been published in both the academic and popular press. He is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and PsychologyToday.com. Dr. Michaelis has been a guest expert on radio, most recently Whole Living on Sirius/XM's Martha Stewart Living Radio Network, and on the nationally syndicated television program Daytime. He has been featured on TheTodayShow.com, Oprah.com and on numerous other magazines and websites. Dr. Michaelis lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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The book is well written and organized in an easy to follow manner.
lu-see
It is filled with helpful exercises which guide you through the process of deciding your direction in life, where you are in that process and how to move forward.
Sharon R. Denson
I have to admit I was skeptical about reading a book about motivation.
Jos

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on March 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I went through the book exactly as prescribed, and found that by systematically following the steps, I was able to identify new insights, a fresh perspective and lots of action items.

My current status, as a fresh retiree from a life-long career and someone who is looking to stay relevant and maybe generate some additional income, is a subset of the demographic that Ben Michaelis addresses. But, his message has a broad application and lots of insights for the army of "early retirees" out there. Your Next Big Thing: 10 Small Steps to Get Moving and Get Happy

Dr Michaelis: Thanks for the kick start!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jos on April 5, 2013
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I have to admit I was skeptical about reading a book about motivation. But the thing is, this book is magic. It is full of ACTION POINTS, and not just "Go write something down," but thoughtful and meaningful questions that make you get to the bottom of what you want and how you can get it. Oh - and the best part is, it reminds you and shows you that it isn't about getting it either, it's about the getting to it - the momentum, the motivation. It's amazing how much is accomplished when you are moving toward something else - something bigger. And this book really gets that and then delivers it!! I am actually working on two new projects right now that are directly related to my having read this book. Two new projects. Before I had like negative 6 projects because there were so many ideas that I had that I was never going to do and ideas that I just wanted to do but didn't know how to start. So the fact that I am now working constantly, consistently and with CLARITY, is kind of miraculous. This is sort of a thank you note to the author. And a huge BUY THIS BOOK to anyone reading this review.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Harold A. Smith on January 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I've always thought that you can't teach entrepreneurship. This book is about as close as it gets. Dr. Michaelis does a wonderful job of presenting best practices for entrepreneurial / business success in a very digestible and accessible way that doesn't over look human factors but sees them as critical to getting things right.

A very different spin / approach that should be beneficial to:

- entrepreneurs
- people in transition
- anyone who wants to do an inventory of where they are to make sure they are on the right track

A well-rounded insightful book that should be required for anyone who feels unsettled with where they are and knows they can do more... but just doesn't know how to get started on the right path.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Erba on December 30, 2012
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Dr. Michaelis' book immediately pushes you to examine the different, important parts of your life in an easily-digestible, practical way and inspires you to make big changes to those areas and to generally bring more zest to your daily life. We humans tend to become complacent and stagnate in order to stay in our "comfort" zones and not try (scary) uncertain things that are a stretch: this book is a great antidote to that tendency. It is written in a succinct and visually creative/appealing way, which helps to bring much-needed simplicity and playfulness to the consequential and complicated process of change. I highly recommend it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elliot on December 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. It did a great job of not just helping you figure out if you're in a rut, but in what way you're in a rut and gives a really clear and feasible path to getting out of it. I felt a sense of calm just hearing Dr. Michaelis describe things that sounded exactly like what I felt going on around me and felt that I could relate to and take away solid, concrete ways that are going to help me a lot moving forward. I've already implemented some of the suggestions from the book and so far I really feel they've been helpful and feel really positive about the concepts I've learned. I highly recommend this to anybody who feels even a little stuck in life, as I think the concepts described can be applied broadly no matter how or how deeply you feel stuck in your life. Great book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By HZimpritch on December 19, 2012
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When I purchased this book I wasn't looking for my "next big thing" - but I have been absolutely inspired by Dr. Michaelis' brilliant insight! I find his writing style to be very accessible and engaging. Your Next Big Thing is a powerful tool towards motivating positive and proactive moves in your life. This book makes the task of self/life evaluation feel less daunting. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is even remotely considering a change - and if you aren't looking for a life change, it is still inspiring and affirming.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Victoria on January 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Your Next Big Thing is an excellent resource. About a third of the way into it, I realized that I was going to need to read it more than once in order to truly absorb all of Dr. Michaelis' valuable insight. I've now read it twice and suspect I'll probably read it a third time at some point. Either way, it has a dedicated place on my bookshelf. (I also gave it to a couple of friends for Christmas.)

What I appreciate most about the book is that not only is it well written, highly readable, and even surprisingly entertaining, it takes the daunting desire to change your life and makes it manageable. I finished this book with a new understanding of who I am, what I want, and how to get there. What more can you ask for?
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