Book Review: The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz


Title – The Magic of Thinking Big The Magic of Thinking Big(GoodreadsAmazon)

Author – David J. Schwartz (Goodreads)

Published – April 2nd 1987

Classification –Non-fiction

Summary – The Magic of Thinking Big is your classic success book, a phenomenal best-seller, and a good read. First published in 1959, this self-help book tells the reader to improve their life by changing their thoughts.



David J. Schwartz is a professor, motivator, consultor in leadership development, and of course, author. This book often is found high on success and achievement book lists

Many might scoff at the title, but this might just have a big impact on your life. Right away, Schwartz addresses the non-believers who are thinking “It’s nonsense to think you can make a mountain move away by just saying ‘Mountain, move away’.” He says, “People who think this way have belief confused with wishful thinking…But you can move a mountain with belief…The how-to-do-it always comes to the person who believes he can do it.”

Within this book, you’ll learn about things like:

  • the power of belief
  • overcoming “excusitis”
  • see what can be, not just what is
  • overcoming your fears
  • adding value to things, people, and to yourself
  • turn on your creative power
  • going first class in everything you do
  • get into the action habit
  • overcome defeat
  • make attitudes your allies
  • and of course, how to think big

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These are success principles you most likely won’t learn in school or your job. Schwartz writes a book for people in all situations – school, work, personal problems. It all revolves around the fact that you have to, for lack of better words, think big. Each section is easy to apply and simple to understand. It’s straightforward but not bogged down by vocab or “here is your success trifecta” bogus.

The biggest take-away from my first time reading this book is that “action overcomes fear.” You can think about and ponder things all day and worry yourself sick, but once you are making the motions you feel a lot better. I can worry about how the heck I am going to get a big assignment done but once I get into action mode I feel accomplished. I can worry about a big presentation coming up but now I know that once I get up in front of everybody, it will be over before I know it.

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Here is a dare for you: pick up the book, open it up to any page, point to a random sentence, and read the paragraph. Use this to see if The Magic of Thinking Big is worth the read. I can almost guarantee that you will pick up a small nugget of knowledge with that small paragraph. If that is possible, imagine what the whole book would do.

Overall, this book helped me and I often will pick it up to read small sections at a time. I think it can be of great help to others as it has been to me.

Once you finish, Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich and John C. Maxwell’s How Successful People Think are great compliments to this book.


The Magic of Thinking Big should be at the top of your reading list.

Have you read The Magic of Thinking Big? How has it impacted your life? What advice can you give to hesitant readers?


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3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

  1. Veronica Thiel

    I’m not usually one to gravitate towards books like this, but this one seems like an exception. I am very interested in checking it out and seeing if it makes an impact on my life.

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