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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (1 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553817957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553817959
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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I enjoyed Spencer Johnson's previous book "Where's My Cheese?" so much more than "The Present".

However, his books all tell a truth, and are useful because of it.

This one was just a little bit harder to work with, as with the "Cheese" book you suddenly feel like your previous thoughts and flaws all suddenly become crystal clear to you, and fall into place, whereas this one was that much more obvious from the start, and therefore more like 'work' to read.

But it's still useful to remind us that each moment counts...and that what we decide in that very moment is how our life will be. From that perspective, these books are a very useful tool.
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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. What got me was the number of wasted words it used to get across its message, when quite honestly all that required to be written was that the best present you can give yourself is to live in the present. There are much better books out there, don't waste you time and money on this one.
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Very misleading title as book is actually all about self analysis looking at past to avoid repeating mistakes and focus on positives in present . It's very negative as it try's to push self improvement and fantasy of a better tomorrow . It's actually about avoiding the present.
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After being sucked into reading who moved my cheese, I figured I'd carry and see what other books out there and so Dr Spencer Johnson had another book, and I gave it a try and was not disappointed, the style of writing and humour really catches and expresses itself beautifully too. I highly recommend this book
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Since reading this I've shared it with a few people who are struggling with personal issues at the moment; it helped them hugely and I found it life changing and I don't use that phrase lightly. 100% recommend. Plus it's short so you can read it in half an hour.
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