I enjoyed Larry Winget's "Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get A Life." The subtitle, "A Kick-Butt Approach to a Better Life" sums the book up pretty well. Now, if you want a quick version of Winget's message, along with some great illustrations by Shane Clester, you can read "Shut Up, Stop Whining & Get A Life: A Kick-Butt Approach to a Better Life" in comic form by SmarterComics. The adaptation is by Cullen Bunn, and in a short 50 page comic or graphic novel format, Winget's message from his original book is captured, shared, and told in an entertaining way with the illustrations. It is a very quick read, and I really liked the illustrations and the key messages from the original book that are shared in this format.
I also like the idea of Smarter Comics, because I think it is a way to get ideas to some people who might not otherwise read the longer books. It is also a fun way to review the key points of the original books as a refresher. It has been a while since I read Winget's book, and I admit that I enjoyed this quick review. Obviously, it does not contain nearly as much as the full length book, but some of the key ideas and the brunt of the message Winget preaches is found within this short adaptation.
If you are not familiar with Larry Winget, the self-described "Pitbull of Personal Development," this is a good place to get a taste of his teachings, and if you agree with him, move on to his books. Personally, I do agree with much of what he says, and have enjoyed all of his books, and that's why I enjoyed this short comic.
I also really liked that last page, that didn't have comic illustrations. Winget says you've only read a comic, and none of it matters if you don't take action. Action changes things, and it is the only thing that matters. So if the things he says ring true for you, and inspire you to change your life for the better, great. But you must act to make that change. I also like that he tells you to take that action right now. Now is the only time to act!
If you need a quick kick in the pants regarding how to be more successful, this smart comic just might do the trick. If you are a Winget fan, you'll like it. Maybe even wish it were longer. If you don't know Winget, this is a good quick introduction. Take his advice and put it to work to make your life better, because that is what it is all about.
Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of Hard-Won Wisdom From the School of Hard Knocks and others.