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Enthusiasm Makes the Difference

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"I am convinced that the fortunate individuals who achieve the most in life are invariably activated by enthusiasm." -- Norman Vincent Peale

If you have a tough time coping with life's disturbances, disappointments, and challenges, this book is for you. Dr. Peale offers a simple, sure-fire solution for stress: a healthy dose of enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the magic ingredie
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ebook, 272 pages
Published May 15th 2003 by Touchstone (first published 1967)
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Christopher Lewis Kozoriz
"It has been established by repeated demonstration that a person can make of himself just about what he wants to, provided he wants to badly enough and correctly goes about doing it. (Norman Vincent Peale, Enthusiasm Makes the Difference, Page 427)

Enthusiasm will be infused into you as you read this book. The author provides many practical examples of people who were infused by enthusiasm. Some people are naturally enthusiastic and some people are naturally pessimistic. If you are naturally enth
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John
Jun 09, 2015 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how Peale's work here deviated so far from the successful communication of concept and practice in "... positive thinking." After making my way halfway through the book 3 years ago, I picked it up again to be very quickly reminded of why it slipped away the first time. I had the misfortune of picking the book up again at the point where a client wanted his wife back and went to find her in the garden. Don't expect to be convinced to the level that Carnegie engages an audience (throu ...more
Bret James Stewart
Norman Vincent Peale was a well-known Reformed Church in America minister, author of self-help books, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work in theology. His best known book it The Power of Positive Thinking. This book, Enthusiasm Makes the Difference might be considered a subcategory of the general concept of positivity, with its focus upon how to generate and maintain enthusiasm throughout life. Peale differentiates positivity as the way one thinks about a problem, ent ...more
Robert
Oct 21, 2012 Robert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Robert by: Bruce Cooper
A couple weeks ago a fellow Toastmaster mentioned this book in a speech he delivered. Always seeking something new (and not being unaware of my lack of enthusiasm) I purchased this Kindle version of the book.

It was okay. Peale's enthusiasm is evident. For that, it is a good enough read. Alas, I am what Peale would describe as a sophisticate, thus struggled with the message. If Peale were alive today, I have no doubt there would have been a pitch to join his "team", ala John Maxwell, for $5,000.
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Mohammad Jawich
Practiless; Opposite of practical!
Kathy England
Fairly repetitive, in fact it includes stories that have appeared in his previous books. And, the word enthusiasm could be replaced with "positive thinking" - the book would read the same. I did appreciate his chapter on setbacks and bad things that happen to us. It seems the modern world wants to believe that we can do away with all adversity, but Peale points out that sometimes adversity is what makes us set goals and accomplish something, that adversity promotes growth. He also included a sec ...more
Judy Bell
Sep 01, 2014 Judy Bell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made me delve a little deeper into myself and live with passion, with enthusiasm again. It helped me to focus on getting over the barriers in life and taught me the importance of self motivators!
Pam
Feb 23, 2009 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It makes you more aware of all the good in life. Enjoy the moment. That's where you will find happiness. A feel good book.
Michael  Baggetta
I read this book as a Stock Broker two years into my new position. I loved this book as I have the others written by this great man. This is a must read self improvement book! Written in 1967.
Stephen
Self help gem. A bit dated and ultimately inspiration for anything else one might have read. Perhaps overly simple- but still a good reminder.
James Tessin
Aug 17, 2013 James Tessin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mixed feelings but has some value.
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Dr. Norman Vincent Peale (1898–1993) was a minister and author (most notably of The Power of Positive Thinking) and a progenitor of the theory of "positive thinking".

Peale was born in Bowersville, Ohio. He graduated from Bellefontaine High School, Bellefontaine, Ohio. He has earned degrees at Ohio Wesleyan University (where he became a brother of the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta) and Boston Unive
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