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The Think Big Manifesto

3.17  ·  Rating Details ·  157 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Think Bigger. About Who You Are. And What You Offer the World.

Stand for something before someone stands on you. Revolt against the play-it-safe, don't disturb the peace, cynical and silenced society that, more often than not, buries big thoughts.

Michael Port, bestselling author and creator of, knows it's not always easy to think big. But big thinking
ebook, 208 pages
Published April 3rd 2009 by Wiley (first published 2009)
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Stacy Holmstedt
This would be a good book to read if you're 16. Imagine if Mr. Rogers had a big ego ("I just made that word up! It's not a real word! That's what we call a 'neologism'. Do you know what a neologism is?") There were a few nice cheerleadery pick-me-ups, so if you don't mind divorcing yourself from reality and there's a tedious weekend ahead, dive right in.
I should preface this by saying that I've taken one of Michael Port's workshops and have already drawn inspiration from his message of organizing your work life around your core principles, so when this book takes things to the logical next step, substituting "life" for "work life," I'm pretty much there. It's a slim volume, and the message is "fast and dense," as the old cyberpunks would've put it -- like Seth Godin, Michael's trying to pack a lot into a small container.

And now I'll boil it dow
Sep 24, 2014 Stefanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes, you need a pep talk. I like that this one did not rely on sports metaphors (largely because in sporting events, for one to win, someone else must lose, which is not the case in personal goal striving) and did involve consideration of the effects on those around you. Personal fear of failure is what needs to be overcome and what is the focus here.
Jan 25, 2011 Rosa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, business
I’ve been a Michael Port fan, recommending his previous books to others, however I struggled to get through The Think Big Manifesto, and did not enjoy it.

Port admits he’s gone out on a limb with this book, trying something different from his previous writing, and while I admire the effort, I don’t think his publishing team served him well in releasing this without more revision to improve it. It’s written as an essay and conversation, and wanders without better manifesto structure, too often fal
Jun 05, 2013 Waseem rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was 'ok';...truthfully I've read better on the genre, the only thing I liked about it is compared to other 'think big' books ive read, it was nice to see a broad example of case studies of people who have 'thought big' not just in a financial or business sense, but even small life obstacles like taking on corporations to protect their beloved surroundings from being changed etc, was kinda different

hence the 3 stars...was really borderline, i was gonna give it 2, but credit where its du
To summarize: "I'm thinking big, they're thinking big, and you can think big too!" It was like having a little cheerleader in a book. Fun for the first bit but a little to "Ra Ra" to read after awhile (even the type is really big). I also went to his site thinking it would be fun to join a network where we support each other's ideas. However, it is pretty much a dead network as of now. Maybe it was a little bigger when the book first came out. Anyway, there are good ideas but it is not an amazin ...more
Alisha Mcfarland
May 20, 2013 Alisha Mcfarland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unexpectedly refreshing. I thought it was going to be more business related since that is how I was introduced to Michael Port but it was so much more than that. If you're looking for a swift kick in the a$$ to get your life going in the direction you would like it to go - without excuses - and in a BIG way - read this book. I also like that it is small, cleverly put together, super easy to read (lots of stories) and leaves you with specific affirmations you can use to keep you on track. Thanks ...more
Jun 11, 2009 Dale rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Port is a kind of life coach for entrepreneurs. He seems to have a genuine desire to help people break through the self-imposed barriers that holds them back from reaching their full potential. But this book just doesn't offer much of value. It is a very small book (thankfully!) but could be made much smaller without loss of useful content. In fact, if you see the book on the shelf, open it to page 164 and read the remaining 3 pages of the book: there you will find everything the book ha ...more
Jan 12, 2010 Brandon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Possibly the worst book I have ever read. This book is short and in large type, but I could not get through half of it without giving up and I rarely give up on books. If I could count the variation of instances of 'think big' 'think small' 'big thinking' etc it would probably total 20% of the words in the book. Overhyped and underperformed.
I think at most times in my life, I would find this book inspirational, but right now, it's just blah blah blah. I loved Book Yourself Solid, and I'm really enjoying the weekly Think Big Spreecasts on the author's website--those are totally inspirational.
short. liked the question what would you be unable to give up. like the idea of the online community. gave me drive to try something I wouldn't have thought of otherwise. a bit too manifesto-y
Teri Temme
May 22, 2013 Teri Temme rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For the days you are thinking small and letting others get you down. Read this book and you will be back on track! Thank you Michael Port.
Annie Smidt
The basic idea is solid, but it is just that, a basic idea, reiterated ad nauseum, with too much abstraction.
Ben Love
Borderline wishy washy “rah rah” speech, however a good book for the occasional mental “pick me up”. Really only starts becoming interesting from around half way through.
Kat Robey
Mar 16, 2016 Kat Robey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short and Powerful. A fist pumping, high-fiving read. Great Pep talk just to listen for a few minutes.
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An optional-read book on career management and development.
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