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Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life: A Kick-butt Approach to a Better Life Hardcover – 3 Sep 2004

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (3 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471654655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471654650
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.4 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Internationally renowned success philosopher, business speaker, and humorist, Larry Winget offers advice that flies in the face of conventional self–help. He believes that the motivational speakers and self–help gurus seem to have forgotten that the operative word in self–help is "self." That is what makes this book so different. Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life forces all responsibility for every aspect of your life right where it belongs on you. For that reason, this book will make you uncomfortable. Winget won′t let you escape to the excuses that we all find so comforting. The only place you are allowed to go to place the blame for everything that has ever happened to you is to the mirror. The last place most of us want to go.

Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life is simply a self–help book like no other. It takes on every idea you hold sacred. It trashes the motivational platitudes we have all grown up with and learned to trust. Larry attacks the importance of a positive attitude, the sanctity of marriage, sex, religion, fitness, friendship, money, stress, and happiness. This is anything but conventional wisdom, yet makes so much sense that his ideas are nearly impossible to argue with.

Larry Winget, also known as The Pitbull of Personal Development®, is confrontational in his style, direct in his approach, irritational in his manner, yet Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life is still hilarious. You will find yourself laughing out loud as he discusses his frustration with people who refuse to take responsibility for their lives and their results. Yet the most interesting part of this book is Winget′s emphasis on the importance of love and service to others. He explains that these two factors are the key to all success, happiness, and prosperity in both your personal and professional life.

You probably won′t agree with all Larry Winget says in this one–of–a–kind book. You may not like the concepts and ideas he believes will change your life. Winget doesn′t care. His ideas aren′t for everyone and he readily admits that. He just wants you to look at your life and your business, and if you aren′t totally happy with your results, then give his advice a try. If it works, you are way ahead. If it doesn′t, you haven′t lost anything.

From the Back Cover

This is not your typical self–help book. You won′t find any of your typical motivational platitudes or cute little business parables here. This is more of a "your results are your own damn fault, no one cares about your problems, get off your butt and go 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 the people in the business get better sales improve when salespeople improve; customer service improves when the people delivering it improve; and employees get better when their managers get better. 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. However, it will tick you off. Winget is direct, in–your–face, 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, and 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!

This is a one–of–a–kind book, from a one–of–a–kind author, that will help you live a one–of–a–kind life.

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Format: Hardcover
I have read so many self-help books over the past 15 years of so and this is, without question, one of the very best.
Winget says that we make things too complicated and I agree. The book is clear and to the point. If you want a book that will kick start your success this is a very good place to start.
So Shut up, Stop Whining and buy the book!
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Imagine walking on the railroad tracks in a state of bliss, unaware of a train heading in your direction. Life feels good, albeit a bit empty. Suddenly, your big brother (the bully!) pushes you off the tracks with a hard shove. He hollers about your stupidity, laziness and indifference. In this fresh slap of a self-help book, author Larry Winget becomes your surrogate big brother. He delivers an unconventional helping of advice with punch, insight and a few well-deserved mental smacks. No subject is sacred. From religion to money, Winget gets into your business with practical, thoughtful suggestions. The text, which includes space to take notes and write down self-help action plans, is a workbook on motivation and drive. It works best when Winget advises you about employment, money and relationships. It's less successful when he preaches about murkier issues of religion, spirituality and teenage sex. Even when he oversteps, Winget is entertaining and helpful. (Don't miss the insightful, funny dedication.) We recommend this book to harried professionals, underachievers and anyone who needs a good mental thrashing to get up and get going. Now sit up straight.
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Larry tells his story and gives some very valuable tips to apply in all areas of life. The book is easy to understand and offers insight into many areas of life. Another very good aspect is you can pick it up anywhere , read 5 minutes, put it down and go out and apply the lesson learnt.
I highly recommend this book for anyone looking at making their dreams reality.
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Briliant book, trouble is you can't really recommend it to the people that really need it can you ha ha! I can't abide whingers and moaners and I try not to have them in my life anyway. This book just gets you to take a good look at yourself and makes you realise that it is totally up to you and only you to change things if things aren't going right.
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I love this book, this guy doesnt mince his words - he says it like it is. He is frank and honest, I appreciate this sort of straightforward talking.

Its like a kick up the behind, good for people who keep moaning about life. Read this to change your perception pretty quickly.

Its an amusing book.
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There is a bit of bravado about this book but Larry is not, despite his claims to the contrary, someone who doesn't care if others succeed. I have read a few of his books and, to my mind at least, I detect in him a sadness when others don't live a life as fulfilled as it could be.

The clue to the content is firmly in the title. Larry offers some great nuggets of advice - none of which will do you anything but good. All of this is wrapped up in a determination to get us to face the facts of any situation. I agree when Larry says that there are no 'secrets' to success - in any given situation we all generally know what we have to do to make it better the only question is are we willing to do it? In this great book Larry will show you a few ways to make things better but it is up to the reader to actually do these things. There it is - the truth hurts!!
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I've read numerous self-help books which promise the world yet I read the first 5 chapters to find they offer no substance whatsoever. This isn't your typically self-help book. It'll get you out of that spiral that you are in, and open the gateway to huge success. The author does not promise the world, but I have learned that the world is mine/yours, if we just wake up and take control of our lives. There are many lessons within that will save you from time wastage, general failure, business failure, a blame culture, and self-pity. The title and cover of this book might seem naieve, but I promise that this is one of the best books I have ever read, and I am very glad to have stumbled upon it.
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