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The Present: The Gift That Makes You Happy And Successful At Work And In Life [Paperback]

Spencer Johnson
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1 Jan 2007

For over two decades, Spencer Johnson has been inspiring and entertaining millions with his simple, yet insightful stories of work and life that speak directly to the heart and soul.

THE PRESENT is an engaging story of a young man's journey to adulthood, and his search for The Present, a mysterious and elusive gift he first hears about from a great old man. This Present, according to the old man, is 'the best present a person can receive.' Later, when the young boy becomes a young man, disillusioned with his work and his life, he returns to ask the old man, once again, to help him find The Present. The old man responds, 'Only you have the power to find The Present for yourself.' So the young man embarks on a tireless search for this magical gift that holds the secret to his personal happiness and business acumen. It is only after the young man has searched high and low and given up his relentless pursuit that he relaxes and discovers The Present - and all the promises it offers.

THE PRESENT will help you focus on what will make you happy and successful in your work and in your personal life. Like the young man, you may find that it is the best gift you can ever give yourself.


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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (1 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553817957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553817959
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Spencer Johnson, MD, is one of the leading authors of inspirational writing in the world. He has written many New York Times bestsellers, including the worldwide bestseller Who Moved My Cheese? and, with Kenneth Blanchard, The One Minute Manager. His works have become cultural touchstones and are available in forty languages.

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"Like many organisations, we need ways to help our people work better and enjoy their lives, so I'm giving The Present to everyone on our management team" (Carmen Policy, CEO, Cleveland Browns NFL Team)

"Many of the people I have observed could have been even happier and more successful, in their careers and their lives, had they been given the gift of The Present" (Norman Augustine, Fmr.Chairman, USA Red Cross)

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The long-awaited follow-up to the groundbreaking world bestseller WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? - a parable with an invaluable lesson for all of us who live and work in today's turbulent times

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A clever play on words! 23 Mar 2004
By Mike Eccles VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Yes - I was hooked by the title. "What is this about" I asked myself, "now", "a gift"...?
Well in a very clever way it's about both. The book is very short and written as a story within a story, the inner story being about the interactions between a young man (learning) and an old man (the teacher).
We find out in simple words about the potential of the present, the past and the future in a way that I found to be both helpful and enjoyable. I don't want to spoil the story by giving details here. If you feel the need to change the way you look at your life and respond to events around you, then I commend this to you.
(I have given only 4 stars because of the comparison between price and size - it's a bit pricy for 100 pages of rather large print! Nevertheless, a great read!)
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
The Precious Present by Dr. Johnson was a particularly effective book published in 1984 presenting a series of meditative thoughts to keep one appropriately focused on the moment. The only thing I didn't like about the book was the overuse of Capitals in the key meditations. That overuse made the meditations seem to scream at me rather than whisper ("Be In The Present" versus "Be in the present").
In The Present, Dr. Johnson has taken The Precious Present and packaged more of a story around the simple tale of an older man helping a younger one to recapture the joy of losing oneself in what one is doing . . . while keeping the choice of one's current perspective in focus. The gift wrapping around the earlier story is to see how one can tell this tale to someone else . . . and help them learn about how to share it with other people. I felt a little like I was reading instructions for how to create a network marketing company for Dr. Johnson's story.
Inexplicably, Dr. Johnson still uses CAPITALS too much for his meditations . . . and has added BOLDING to make the SHOUTING of his text even stronger. I graded the book down one star for moving away from its simple, quiet potential nature.
I recommend you read The Precious Present rather than The Present to learn these important lessons:
Be in the present; learn from the past to do things differently in the present; and envision a better future and act now to create it.
Like many of the fable books, this one has an enormous price per page. I suggest you read it at the library rather than purchasing the book. It won't take you long.
How can you do something you love now that will build a better future for you and those you love?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple yet very effective 15 Jan 2007
Format:Paperback
This is a must read for anyone who is finding life a little bit over whelming & wants to take control of their life again. A simple read that works on simple principles that just about everyone should be able to relate to and understand.

Read this book before you embark on anything else that's a bit heavier on the psychology side... you may save yourself a lot of time, energy & effort.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Present 16 May 2011
By ja
Format:Paperback
I wanted to read this book at a time of change in my life, and having already read Who Moved My Cheese - which was excellant, I sought more from the same author. This book was a useful reminder of living in the present, stop worrying about the future (although plan for it) and learn from the past. It is about focusing on the NOW which was useful, but when reading it I did think that was fine when you were just concentrating on a few projects at a time - with many on the go it is much harder to practice. But still a good short read which wasn't too heavy.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
The Precious Present by Dr. Johnson was a particularly effective book published in 1984 presenting a series of meditative thoughts to keep one appropriately focused on the moment. The only thing I didn't like about the book was the overuse of Capitals in the key meditations. That overuse made the meditations seem to scream at me rather than whisper ("Be In The Present" versus "Be in the present").
In The Present, Dr. Johnson has taken The Precious Present and packaged more of a story around the simple tale of an older man helping a younger one to recapture the joy of losing oneself in what one is doing . . . while keeping the choice of one's current perspective in focus. The gift wrapping around the earlier story is to see how one can tell this tale to someone else . . . and help them learn about how to share it with other people. I felt a little like I was reading instructions for how to create a network marketing company for Dr. Johnson's story.
Inexplicably, Dr. Johnson still uses CAPITALS too much for his meditations . . . and has added BOLDING to make the SHOUTING of his text even stronger. I graded the book down one star for moving away from its simple, quiet potential nature.
I recommend you read The Precious Present rather than The Present to learn these important lessons:
Be in the present; learn from the past to do things differently in the present; and envision a better future and act now to create it.
Like many of the fable books, this one has an enormous price per page. I suggest you read it at the library rather than purchasing the book. It won't take you long.
How can you do something you love now that will build a better future for you and those you love?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoyed this quick read. You get straight to the point and discover a lovely message.
Published 3 months ago by Kanaram
5.0 out of 5 stars simply but very powerful
A simple, short and powerful book. Implement the idea and your half way there. Will be reading it a few more times.
Published 5 months ago by phil
1.0 out of 5 stars the gift that makes you anything but happy
The more I read, the more, stressed, anxious and angry I became. I felt cheated by this oh so predictable, childishly written, condescending piece of dribble. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs Joan Knight
3.0 out of 5 stars Prefer "Where's My Cheese?"
I enjoyed Spencer Johnson's previous book "Where's My Cheese?" so much more than "The Present". Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pauline Tremain
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gift
I absolutley love this book and I quite ofter re read it when I need a reality check. A lovely book indeed x
Published 12 months ago by Maureen Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars The present .WOW!
What a great little book, very interesting and . Makes you feel good all the way through. I feel so much better already with issues at work. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bridget King
5.0 out of 5 stars very Informative book
I read it straight away, and have now lent it to a relative, who loves it too. It made me think.
Published 14 months ago by Pamela Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful perspective
I was recommended another book by this author & in the process of looking to buy it I came across this book. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ms. Helen M. Mccabe
4.0 out of 5 stars a simple message put across well
as with many of this type of book, the message isn't rocket science but its well put across and its points can easily be applied to any part of your work or home activities.
Published 17 months ago by silver fox
5.0 out of 5 stars The Present
A very simple book with a simple but with a very important message.
This really opened my eyes, highly recommended, excellent.
Published 18 months ago by Mr. G. P. Aboud
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