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How to be a Complete and Utter Failure in Life, Work and Everything: 44 1/2 steps to lasting underachievement (2nd Edition) Paperback – 14 Jun 2007

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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Life; 2 edition (14 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273706071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273706076
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"How to be a Complete and Utter Failure" turns the concept of self-improvement on its head. It brings together 43 and a half leading ideas in personal and business development, and offers a total antedote to the motivational, gung-ho, over-enthused tone of all the usual self-improvement guides. Delivered in fast, easily digestible chunks, in a style that makes you laugh while you learn, this book offers tongue-in-cheek advice about what not to do to ensure certain failure in every aspect of your life. From not having any goals, to not getting advice from people you've never met or who are dead, to not taking personal responsibility for your life and results, every idea, strategy, suggestion and story is guaranteed to propel you into the slow lane of total inadequacy and has been tested with thousands of real people. "How to be a Complete and Utter Failure" comes with a warning - that you don't think about taking the direct opposite steps to those outlined in the guide, as this could seriously damage your chances of becoming a failure. Behind the humour, though, is good advice and a serious message.And whether you choose to heed the warning or not, it's an extremely entertaining read.

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Do you want to fail in everything you do and waste all your potential?


Life is about being negative, right? It’s about not taking opportunities, never changing and, most importantly, feeling unhappy and unfulfilled.


How to Be a Complete and Utter Failure is your ultimate ANTI life coach. From not having any goals, to not taking personal responsibility for your life, every idea, strategy, suggestion and story in here is guaranteed to propel you into the slow lane of total inadequacy. 


Be warned: whatever you do, don’t do the opposite of what you learn here or else you’re in serious danger of making some positive changes and leading a more successful life.


This book doesn't do what it says on the tin. Quite the opposite. It is written with commendable charm and clarity, laden with chuckles and insights in equal measure. You will laugh and you will think – often at the same time.

Neil Mullarkey, Founder-Member of the Comedy Store Players


I love this book – by saying the exact opposite of what you should do – it really hones in on the messages – and breaks the bad habits.

Sahar Hashemi, Co-Founder of Coffee Republic



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