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The Present: The Gift for Changing Times

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For over two decades, Spencer Johnson has been inspiring readers with his simple yet profound stories of the challenges we face in these times of unprecedented change.
 
The Present is an engaging story of a young man’s journey to adulthood, and his tireless search for The Present, a mysterious and elusive gift he first hears about from a wise old man.  This Present, accordi
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Hardcover, 112 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Crown Business (first published February 1st 1981)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Present : The Secret to Enjoying Your Work And Life, Now!, Spencer Johnson
عنوان: هدیه؛ نویسنده: اسپنسر جانسون؛ مترجم: شهروز فرهنگ؛ تهران، توسعه آموزش، 1382؛ چاپ دیگر: 1384؛ در 63 ص؛ شابک: 9649528210؛ چاپ پنجم 1384؛
مترجم: منیژه جلالی؛ تهران، البرز، 1383؛ در 114 ص؛ شابک: 9644422376؛ چاپ چهارم 1384؛ چاپ 1388؛
مترجم: کامران پروانه؛ تهران، اردیبهشت، 1383؛ در 96 ص؛ شابک: 9645634631؛ چاپ پنجم 1389؛
مترجم: عطیه رفیعی؛ تهران، لیوسا، 1383؛ در 94 ص؛ شابک: 9645634631؛ چاپ پنجم 1389؛
مترجم: نسرین بنایی؛
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Isaac
Jan 08, 2009 Isaac rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting book that emphasizes four things:
1. Concentrating on the present (the best present)
2. Learning from the past
3. Planning for the future
4. Having a goal

Now I like Spencer Johnson. I wanna read "Who Moved my Cheese" now.
Sara Kamjou
این کتاب اسمش رو خیلی هوشمندانه انتخاب کرده. به زبان فارسی این کتاب به اسم هدیه چاپ شده اما در زبان انگلیسی present توامان به معنای زمان حال و هدیه ست و اسپنسر جانسون تو این کتاب در قالب یه داستان ساده ارزش زمان حال رو یاداور میشه. با اینکه شاید تکرار مکررات به نظر بیاد، اما من فکر میکنم ما به این تکرار نیاز داریم تا یادمون باشه به جای غرق شدن در گذشته یا آینده، زمان حالمون رو دریابیم. ...more
Reem Tharwat
Feb 11, 2012 Reem Tharwat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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كان يمكن تلخيص ما يريد الكاتب إصاله في صفحه أو صفحتين بالكثير ... يكرر المعلومه بأكثر من طريقة ويستغبي القارئ بشكل مستفز
الكتاب تدور فكرته هو الإستمتاع باللحظة الحالية والتركيز عليها مع التعلم من الماضي والتجارب السابقة ووضع المستقبل في الحسبان.
Amanda
Mar 09, 2009 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all adults and children who are old enough to understand complicated things
Recommended to Amanda by: I found it at the library
This was written by the same guy as "Who Moved My Cheese" and is an excellent short little motivational book for people who need a better perspective on life. You can easily read it in a few minutes and I'm very glad I found it because it has helped me see things differently. Dr. Johnson has a unique gift for teaching you things about life through parallels that anyone can understand. I think his work is brilliant and I would recommend it to anybody who doesn't mind self-help books. My husband w ...more
Arash Esmaeili
در زبان انگلیسی "present" هم به معنی "هدیه" و هم به معنی "زمان حال" ه،،هر لحظه از زمان حال یک هدیه است،یک موهبت،
این کتابو بطور کامل در اوقات مرده ی روزم خوندم
هرچند بسیار کتاب بیخودی بود
Debbie "DJ"
Aug 17, 2014 Debbie "DJ" rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little Jen of a book. While there are many books focusing on living in the present, I really liked the simplicity of this, and how it was told through story. It helped me to remember what is most important in life. I too, am thankful for the gift of "The Present."
عبد العزيز بن يحيا
كتاب يحمل الكثير من القيم الخاصة بالراحة النفسية التي تجعل الإنسان يعيش بحدود يومه ويتعلم من ماضيه ويصنع مستقبله.

وجدت كتاب "الهدية" الذي جذبني من عنوانه وعكفت عليه وقرأته ولا أدري كم في الحقيقة قضيت لقراءته. المهم أنني قرأته وراق لي كثيرا. 
إذ يتحدث عن الحاضر وكيف يجب على الإنسان ألا يكدر صفو يومه بالعيش بالماضي أين التجارب السيئة التي عاشها فيحيى حتضره مطمئنا بكل ما فيه من تفاصيل ويعمل على بناء مستقبله بتسطير أهداف يقدم كل يوم ولو القليل من أجلها ولا يدع كذلك الاهتمام بالمستقبل يفقده ويبعده عن ا
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Yulia
May 06, 2008 Yulia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: idiots who'd like to think reading this will help them appreciate life
Shelves: idiotic
This could actually inspire rather amusing birthday cards:

(on front of card) Dear, I have a present for you.

(inside) It's right here, every moment of your life.
Breathe in (unless you're in China, have severe allergies, or are around smokers).
Enjoy (unless you have insomnia and really would prefer to go to sleep).
Take note of each second (unless you're taking a test, in which case checking your watch would only waste time).
See your world anew each moment (unless you're taking a memory or other
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Majeda Hashem
Sep 19, 2015 Majeda Hashem rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
تماماً يمكنني قول بأن الكاتب يحاول أن يكتب لملأأكبرعدد من الصفحات فقط ! ..
كان يمكن تلخيص ما يريد الكاتب في صفة أو صفحتين بالكثير ... يكرر المعلومة بأكثر من طريقة ويستغبي القارئ بشكل مستفز
الكتاب تدور فكرته حول الإستمتاع باللحظة الحالية والتركيز عليها مع التعلم من الماضي والتجارب السابقة ووضع المستقبل في الحسبان.
الهديةهي :
عش في الحآضـــر
تعلم من المـآضي
أصنـــع المستقبل
وخلص ! وهذا كل مايتعلق بالكتاب وبس :3
ليش هدر الصفحات والوقت !!! :(
اليوم اتأكدت بأن الكتّاب التنمية البشرية ، أو تطوير الذات ، عندهن
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Amjaad Alharbi
ساعة ونصف هي المدة التي أستغرتها في قراءة هذا الكتاب :$ ، كمية جمممال فيه وااااو
ربما لأني أمر بفترة عصيبة هذه الأيام، فأحسست أن ذاك الشاب يمثلني ")
خصوصاً فيما يتعلق بالحاضر وكيف يعيشه ، يااه جميل ، سأهديه لأحدهم لابد من ذلك ()
وصدقاً صدقاً كتاب جميل وانصح به لكن فيه عيب :( , التكرار الذي حدث
وأسلوب الكاتب في النهاية بسيط كأنه يحدث طفل في الرابعة من عمره وذاك عيبه فقط !
Estabraq
Jul 22, 2014 Estabraq rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
حسناً.. لقد قرأت سابقاً للكاتب نفسه " من حرّك قطعة الجبن الخاصة بي " كان كتاباً خفيفاً ظريفاً ذا مغزى وقصة لطيفة..
وقد توقعت أن يكون هذا الكتاب أيضاً بنفس المستوى ، ولكن للأسف لقد خيب ظنّي بعض الشيء..!
إنّ مأخذي على هذا الكتاب أنّه يحمل فكرة كان بوسع الكاتب أن يختصرها في بضع وريقات فقط !
استشعرتُ بأنّه قد بذل جهداً كبيراً لجعل الكتاب يصل إلى 100 صفحة ، ليته وفرّ على نفسه كل هذا الجهد واستثمره لإنتاج عمل آخر ذا فائدة أكبر ..
إنّ فكرة الكتاب تقوم ببساطة على ثلاث نقاط ، هي :-
العيش في الحاضر ، بمعنى أن
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Alaa Bahabri
لدي قناعة أن كتب تطوير الذات مثل الدواء، لا يحتجها الجميع ، ولا في كل وقت، هناك أشخاص يحتاجون قراءتها باستمرار، وهناك أشخاص يمرون ببعض الفترات التي يحتاجونها,,

و سبنسر جونسون متخصص في أدوية/(كتب التطوير) المتعلقة بالتغيير، فمنذ كتابه الأول : من الذي حرك قطعة الجبن الخاصة بي، وهو يطرح أفكاراً شتى تساعد الأشخاص الذين يمرون بمراحل تغيير في حياتهم
(peaks and valleys)وبرأيي أن أفضل ما كتب هو كتاب (من الذي حرك قطعة الجبن) ، و ثم هذا الكتاب، و آخرها كتاب


و المختلف في هذا الكتاب، هو حديثه عن الماضي والحا
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Suzanne Moore
The story tells about a precious present that when found will make you forever happy! You can't get it by wishing, or looking anywhere, because you already have it. Once you realize what it is, you will be content... only you can give yourself the precious present.

This book taught me to make the most out of each moment and to learn that good or bad, the present is where you are and what matters most... go with it. You can't go back and relive or change the past. Future plans aren't always the sa
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Greg
Self help, executive coaching, life management. Takeaways: (a) Live in the present - When you want to be happy and successful. Focus on what is right now. Use your purpose to respond to what is important now; (b) Learn from the past - When you want to make the present better than the past. Look at what happened in the past. Learn something valuable from it. Do things differently in the present; (c) Plan for the future - When you want to make the future better than the present. See what a wonderf ...more
Hyun H
this book gave me the chance to look at me who have been living in the world. Especailly, about my passed, present, and my furture.....

for a long time, i think that it is not important for me to do my life in present. but, present is my present(Gift). i will do my best in my life. and i will prepare for my furture.
Launi
Jan 04, 2009 Launi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading this book, I found it a little cheesy because it is written in such a simplistic way, and the story line is somewhat bland. However, it got better and it had some valid points. My favorite quote in this book is, "It is hard to let go of the past if you have not learned from the past. As soon as you learn and let go you improve the present."
هدير
Jun 08, 2014 هدير rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الكتاب حلو جدا ...
أسلوب بسيط بالظبط كأن جدك بيحكيلك ..
بس فى نفس الوقت عميق بيساعدك على فهم نظرية الماضى والحاضر والمستقبل
كتاب صغير 106 صفحات
بس اقتبست من كمية اقتباسات رائعة ...

كل حد عايز يبقي حاجة نصيحة اقرأه =))
Ramona
Feb 21, 2009 Ramona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Precious Present was a lovely little book that reminds me to concentrate on living in the present & not to focus on the past or the future too much. I would recommend it to anyone who might need a gentle reminder not to dwell on the past or worry too much about the future.
lulu.
Feb 24, 2015 lulu. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
its a good book, i had an idea about the present but also i have learened new things to be completely present. The ideas were kinda repeated which made it boring for me in some parts.
Vaishali
This was my first Spencer Johnson read. I must say it is pragmatic for people who are so much worried about their past and future that they don't realize the importance of the gift which they possess right now - "The Present". Its a nice book which conveys its message in form of a simple and light story, which lets you think more while you read. As the book itself says that you can either learn a lot if you want to or nothing. So if you stop by after every few pages, relating to yourself, I am s ...more
Marcus
Nov 25, 2012 Marcus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad book... but... I am tired of a sub genre of wisdom literature that combines many of the central messages of classic wisdom concepts with a nod to the idea that if you implement them in your life a very western idea of success will follow. Until a person sees the process AS the goal they are not ready to truly be on that path. This "material spirituality" reminds me far to much of the "prosperity gospel" frequently found in large american churches. Isn't living well enough of a draw in ...more
Nhemskie
The Present-

Three Ways to Use your Present Moments
To Enjoy Your Work And Life, Now!

BE IN THE PRESENT

When you want to be happier and more effective
FOCUS ON WHAT IS RIGHT NOW.
RESPOND TO WHAT IS IMPORTANT TODAY.

LEARN FROM THE PAST...

When you want to make the present better than the past
LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE PAST.
LEARN SOMETHING VALUABLE TO IT.
DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY TODAY.

HELP CREATE THE FUTURE

When you want to make the future better that the present
IMAGINE WHAT A WONDERFUL FUTURE WOULD LIKE.
MA
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Michelle
Mar 16, 2014 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly cannot believe that people have given this book praise for the writing or the message. I had to read it for work or else I wouldn't have read it at all. I'm glad I didn't have to pay for it.

The message is common sense - live in the moment and don't worry about the future (things you have no control over). Plan for things you can control and learn from your past. There - that's the book and better written than the author who I'm sure has made a lot of money from this piece of crap.
Claire
Mar 03, 2009 Claire rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Read a series of these books for work. I generally hate this kind of book, as they rarely succeed in concealing the impression of being written to make a mountain of cash off suits that don't read. (I know, stereotypes, stereotypes).
Forgettable.
Ankur Chawla
Mar 09, 2012 Ankur Chawla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"No need to say anything about him,.... he is a legend in story writing for short stories...know...it is funny that one man can write a story of 50 pages and transform it in a book and selll those 50 pages at a good price and still be the best seller...."
Sriya
Oct 09, 2009 Sriya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's akin to Peaks and Valleys - story with morals - one person narrating to the other - old man teaching n preaching young boy, who later becomes a man - he starts realising words of old man - preaches to others when he himself becomes old man - that previous old man dies...

but nice book
Shosho!
Sep 03, 2010 Shosho! rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
الهدية
عش في الحآضـــر
تعلم من المـآضي
أصنـــع المستقبل

تخيل مايمكن أن يكون علية المستقبل الباهر.
ضع خطة وآقعية.
أصنع شيئاً اليوم من أجل صنع المستقبل.
تعرف على هدفك.
استكشف طرقاً مختلفة لجعل العمل والحيآة أكثــر معنى.
Jelle
May 12, 2016 Jelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bezit, fiction, self-help
Focus on the present. Learn from the past. Plan your future. Know why.

There. I just saved you having to read this atrocity.
Iwan
Dec 08, 2008 Iwan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We often live in the past and in the future but forget to live Now. This simple, easy to read book can remind us to value "the present" more if we want to live more happily and less stress.
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Spencer Johnson, M.D., is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including The One Minute Manager, all in the entertaining style of a parable that contains useful information readers can use in their own lives. There are more than thirteen million copies of his books in print in over twenty-five languages.

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