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The Think Big Manifesto: Think You Can't Change Your Life (and the World)? Think Again Hardcover – April 27, 2009
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Every year, millions of people fall victim to a debilitating diseasea 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 nowit'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 needsif 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 latethat'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 worldtoday. 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 upwardto think bigger about who you are and what you offer the world.
The Think Big Manifesto is about changing every aspect of your lifefrom the way you work to the way you relate to friends, family, and community. With real examples that inspire and informlike the high school dropout who built a $100 million business or the hedge fund manager who became an organic dairy farmerThe 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 nowwith 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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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)...." If only both parts of that statement could be true.
And the ratings? Look closely and you'll notice that all of the recent reviews tend toward the very negative. And if you look at the early reviews, most of them are ridiculously fan-boy positive. How could that happen? Those familiar with social media marketing will understand how to interpret that. And I'll take a sec here to recommend a very fine manifesto that you can read (largely) for free, The Cluetrain Manifesto. Google it.
If you need one last confirmation of how bad the book is, check out the prices on Amazon. All of Michael's other books have a "floor" price (used condition, typically a paperback) of about $5-8. I bought this book (brand new, hardback) for $1.56 from Amazon. Amazon shipped it for free. The market has spoken.
I'm a huge fan of any message that encourages people to step out and be bold enough to passionately pursue their purpose. Michael Port's most recent book, The Think Big Manifesto, is a pep talk in book form that inspires you to dig deep and connect with what you stand for. Full of examples, memorable quotes, and thought provoking ideas, here are the highlights of this small book with a big message:
* Favorite example of a Big Thinker: John Wood founder and CEO of Room to Read
* Best tip: Control - Alt-Delete is'nt only for computers, use it to over throw your internal critic
* Favorite made-up word: de-GURU-ize
* Something to think about: The difference between being connected vs being attached to people and ideas
* Book mentioned that I'm adding to my reading list: Synchronicity by Joseph Jaworski
* Pages to re-read: Section on Getting Comfortable with Discomfort
The term Think Big IS repeated many times in the book - but as a mantra to reinforce the authors deeper intended message. It is written in an enjoyable and straightforward manner that makes it a good and fast read. It is for that very reason I am perplexed that so many failed to comprehend the message. I found it to be thought provoking and truly inspiring. The author invites you to join his web site and, surprise, it is free. I found this book to be ignition to the kindled fire.
If you are someone that likes this genre in general I believe you will greatly enjoy Think Big.
I've read hundreds of self development books over the years and would usually end up with at least one little nugget of wisdom that I could apply or appreciate. Not here for me anyway. I believe the author has great intentions in his message Think BIG but, writes in circles never leading/guiding the reader anywhere. You could read this book in about thirty plus minutes or just re-read only the book cover/title over and over for thirty minutes plus and you'd end up just as annoyed. To sum it up: Author says You should really Think BIG.That's about it. My opinion a TOTAL waste of time.
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