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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 ingred

Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 29th 1996 by Ballantine Books (first published 1967)
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John Miklavcic
Jun 09, 2015 John Miklavcic 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
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
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.
Judy Bell
Oct 29, 2014 Judy Bell rated it it was amazing
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!
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.
Self help gem. A bit dated and ultimately inspiration for anything else one might have read. Perhaps overly simple- but still a good reminder.
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.
Leslie North
Oct 28, 2008 Leslie North rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
excellent. a lot of ideas for business
James Tessin
Aug 17, 2013 James Tessin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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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