Book Review - The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

The debate about nature vs nuture and what makes a person smart is about to change

Have you ever wondered what makes a brilliant person? How did some of the world’s highest achievers, such as Einstein, Winston Churchill, and Tom Edison, accomplish so muchFive Elements during their lives?

I recently discovered that intellectual prowess and success do not need to be inborn. By teaching yourself the correct thinking techniques, you too can achieve and be successful. And paradoxically, if you are not afraid of failure in the beginning, you are more likely to do well. By using your failures as a stepping stone towards positive and constructive change, you will eventually succeed.

I learned this lesson from reading The Five Elements of Effective Thinking by Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird, before being privileged to interview Michael Starbird on my radio show, Goldstein on Gelt. (There's a video of the interview at the bottom of the article.)

The theory behind the book is to adopt specific thinking strategies. There is no such thing as a “brilliant person.” The secret of true intelligence lies within the way that you use your mind.

Even though the authors of this book are both math professors, it is not written in complicated, scientific language. Its easy style brings it within the grasp of most everyday readers.

I also liked the positive way that the authors encourage the reader to transform himself by believing that he really is capable of adopting effective thinking methods. These methods contain much common sense and are relatively simple to act upon. The imagery that is used – of the five elements of nature (earth, fire, air, water, and change) corresponding with the five elements of thinking is beautiful, powerful, and very meaningful.

So are you looking to improve your intelligence levels and methods of thinking? If so, it’s time to read this book and take a step forward to finding your own potential.


Disclaimer: This article is for educational purposes and is not a substitute for investment advice that takes into account each individual’s special position and needs. Past performance is no guarantee of future returns.

The Five Elements of Effective Thinking

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking
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