How to Get a Grip Paperback – 4 Apr 2011
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If your a 30 something who "can't be arsed" then read this book!! It will change your life, at least a little bit.
So I bought "How to Get a grip" by Mr Matthew Kimberley and, well, he tells it like it is, basically: Get over yourself, suck it up, stop whinging and get your ass moving forward.
Matthew tells us all to focus on the big picture things: health, family and relationships.
He warns that all too often we get buried in the details, then wake up and go `what the frack happened to my life?'
Matthew sates you are the cause of most of your problems, which means that you are also the solution, so stop getting in your own way! Dag nab it! (Ok, he doesn't say Dag Nab it but he should, it's funny)
What's great is that most of Matthew's advice is common sense, we just need to be reminded every now and then, he's really funny and there's no soft, gooey cotton candy or fluff here. Just simple, straightforward honesty.
If you respond to tough talk, then this is for you. If you need a reminder of the grit and crust of what really matters in life, then this is for you.
I'm not giving it 5 stars because as it turns out I didn't really respond to tough love, I need gentle encouragement, sweet talk and goo - but that's just me.
I too have grown tired of self-help books that take 200 pages to explain a simple concept. They might give you a short-term mood boost, but it's soon over and you're back to square one. Part of the problem is that it's hard to hold lots of complicated advice in your head at the same time during your day to day life. But HTGAG's advice is nice and simple, and the humour helped it to stick inside my brain rather nicely. Sometimes the simplicity is a problem because some of the issues are handled a little *too* lightly for my liking. But combine this book with a few others (I have 4 favourite self-help books that together I think are a perfect package) and I think anyone can be turned into a superhero.
Before reading, I was a bit worried that if this book's advice is all common sense, won't I just find it obvious and boring? Not at all. While reading the book, I had multiple, "Aha!" moments, even though I've read somewhere between 10-20 books in this genre. It hasn't been hard work at all - it's just like someone telling you the answer to a maths problem you've been struggling over for a while.
I preferred the first half of the book. The second half is still good, but I found the humour to be a little less engaging and the advice a little more obvious (therefore less useful).
Summary: I loved this book, it made me cry with laughter several times. I bought several copies for my friends and have been recommending it to many more. So you should buy it too.
But when I read the book all I found was great chapter titles filled with poor jokes, examples I felt weren't relevant to me, and stories I felt were a waste of time.
Perhaps I'll copy down the contents page and write my own book for myself?
I'm seriously disappointed because I really had high hopes for this book.
It's possible that this is just what people that are self-help junkies (especially we females) are lacking - that inner 'simple Steve' cuts through all the cr*p and gets things done and saves the introspection for the projects that are actually going to move you forward in life. The only suggestion in the whole tome that jars is throwing out the telly - um ... never! But I've found that buying a midi for the living room so the radio/CD are on - and not turning the telly on is just as effective.
Please buy this book - I hope it does for you what it has done for me - Mr Kimberley you are ACE!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book was cheap as kindle edition.
Justifiably so,cheap and nasty tone.
Laddish tone 'chillax' 'you rock'
Realised I am happy enough being me, could be worse.
not substantial enough for anyone wanting to get back on track-slightly naive-for example the chapter on how to make money could have been written by a school kidPublished 2 months ago by geoffrey
Since reading this book, not only have I got a grip and improved my life, I have also become a mecca like figure of inspiration to friends, family and work colleagues. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ms. Claire J. Mcdevitt
I will always love this book. I've read it several times (which kind of makes it sound like it doesn't work which isn't he case) purely because it is the best reminder in times of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
A couple of useful points and by the authors admission stuff you already know - but pays lip service to most of the topics and rarely attempts to look at underlying issues which... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stoogie
It gives quite obvious advice. Basically, run your life, don't worry about everything and look after your health.Published 7 months ago by Amelia
The whole family got something out of this, so I think it was a successPublished 10 months ago by Doting grannie