Book five of the TBR Tackle. One third of the way there!
This is not your typical self-help book. You won’t find any motivational platitudes or cute business parables here. This is more of a “get off your butt and get to work” approach that can help you achieve more success, make more money, improve your business, and have more fun. Larry Winget doesn’t pull any punches here. He believes that business gets better when businesspeople get better through personal growth. And it works the same way in your personal life-husbands and wives improve each other when they improve themselves, and kids improve when their parents do. In other words, everything in life gets better when you get better, and nothing gets better until you get better. This book can make you better, but it will probably tick you off. Winget is direct, caustic, and controversial. You won’t like or agree with everything he has to say. Yet his advice is full of wisdom and truth that can’t easily be argued with. Words from Shut Up, Stop Whining & Get a Life that prove that this book is anything but typical: “If you don’t have much going wrong in your life, then you don’t have much going on in your life.” “When you work, work! When you play, play! Don’t mix the two.” “What you think about, talk about, and do something about is what comes about.” “When it quits being fun-quit.” “Time management is a joke.” And that’s just the beginning!
MY RATING: 4 STARS
Oh, how I hate reviewing nonfiction…but this one is going to be easy. Larry Winget holds no one’s hand. He doesn’t care about anyone’s feelings. And if you ask him why you’re unhappy and unsuccessful, he’ll tell you it’s your own fault. The ugly truth of it is, he’s probably right.
This isn’t self-help as much as Winget calling the reader out, but the real shocker is that everything in this book is so obvious! Most of us know this stuff already and yet we don’t put it into practice, and he makes his annoyance at such behavior known. A lot. He goes out of his way to put the responsibility for our poor decisions back on us and doesn’t leave any room for comfy excuses. The only negative point I can make is that his manner is so abrasive and so confrontational that it starts to feel forced about halfway through the book. That’s a minor point, though. I enjoyed Winget’s views on failure, success, motivation, and the major aspects of life, and I took a lot away…that should have been obvious all along.
This was surprisingly fun to read and something of an eye-opener. I really think everyone ought to read this book and at least try to learn something from it–no, let me rephrase that. Everyone can learn something from this book. Whether they’ll actually make the effort to do so is entirely up to them. Which is exactly Winget’s point.