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Get Off Your "But": How to End Self-Sabotage and Stand Up for Yourself Hardcover – April 20, 2009


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (April 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470399937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470399934
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. In Stephenson's powerful and practical debut, the psychotherapist and professional speaker reveals how to banish self-doubt and insecurity in a world where they may seem omnipresent. Beginning with the source of his own struggle, a rare and painful disease that causes his bones to weaken and break under minimal pressure, Stephenson offers a structured approach to a wide array of topics, including dating, weight loss, lack of motivation, friendship, finances, and goals. While his advice is encouraging and insightful, Stephenson's text is also notable for examples, mottos and resonant personal stories of enormous obstacles and accomplishments (his work with the Clinton administration, attaining his Ph.D., opening his own private practice). Though his unwavering optimism can be daunting (bringing one's day-to-day gripes into sharp relief), Stephenson is empowering and uplifting throughout, and should prove helpful whether facing a lifelong challenge or a more immediate battle.

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In Stephenson’s powerful and practical debut, the psychotherapist and professional speaker reveals how to banish self-doubt and insecurity in a world where they may seem omnipresent. Beginning with the source of his own struggle, a rare and painful disease that causes his bones to weaken and break under minimal pressure, Stephenson offers a structured approach to a wide array of topics, including dating, weight loss, lack of motivation, friendship, finances, and goals. While his advice is encouraging and insightful, Stephenson’s text is also notable for examples, mottos and resonant personal stories of enormous obstacles and accomplishments (his work with the Clinton administration, attaining his Ph.D., opening his own private practice). Though his unwavering optimism can be daunting (bringing one’s day-to-day gripes into sharp relief), Stephenson is empowering and uplifting throughout, and should prove helpful whether facing a lifelong challenge or a more immediate battle. (May) (PublishersWeekly.com, May 18, 2009)

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Expected to die at birth, Sean Stephenson has faced an army of reasons to give up and countless opportunities to embrace pity. He suffered more than 200 bone fractures by age eighteen, reached a height of only three feet, and is permanently confined to a wheelchair. Despite his challenges, he took a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world, including Tony Robbins, Richard Branson, President Clinton, and his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Sean has had more life adventures than most people who are twice his age. He
worked on Capitol Hill for a U.S. Congressman and in the White House alongside
President Clinton. He has also testified in front of the United States Senate on two separate occasions, traveled the world as a professional speaker in 11 countries and 47 states, is a board-certified psychotherapist, and has just released a new book called, "Get off Your 'BUT': How to end self-sabotage and stand up for yourself."

You might have seen Sean on his Biography Channel Special, "3 Foot Giant" or
featured on The Oprah Show, CNN News, CBS News, WGN News, C-SPAN, the
Discovery Health Channel, Jimmy Kimmel Live, or in the Washington Post or the The New York Times. With all that said, when you get to know Sean you realize all of his struggles and accomplishments are not what defines him as a man, it's his love for life and unending pursuit to rid the world of insecurity.

Customer Reviews

I found it, entertaining, eye-opening and practical and very easy to read.
VICKI GABATHULER
If you get just one distinction from reading this book, it will be worth way more than the money and time you spend to get this book and properly follow it.
Ron Cully
This is a book that will change your life in so many ways if you are willing to do the work.
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219 of 224 people found the following review helpful By M. L Lamendola VINE VOICE on April 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book has endorsements from big names ranging from the business literature (Ken Blanchard) to the self-help gurus (Susan Jeffers). The back jacket has a quote from former President Bill Clinton ("Sean is an amazing person with an important message"). Tony Robbins wrote the Foreword.

At this point, I could probably end the review because when those movers and shakers recommend a book what more do you need to know? Just get the book. Ah, this is a "but" situation! "I could write a review but" with those endorsements from such successful people...." The "but" situations we encounter every day can have far more profound effects than missing the opportunity to review a book of this caliber.

Sean's style is one of encouraging and prodding, but he's not a rah-rah guy. He's a realist. According to brain researchers (see my other reviews of brain-related books), reality is largely what we make it. The brain filters and repackages information before the conscious mind sees it, largely based on preconceptions and what it "ought to" see. The brain is, essentially, a predictive computer and it will predict based on what it perceives rather than what it senses. That is, it makes its own reality. This fact has only recently been verified in the neuroscience field (physical brain studies) but has long been a fundamental premise on the motivational lecture circuit.

Why is Sean a realist instead of a cheerleader? After all, anyone who is successful on the lecture circuit has it made, right? Classic silver spoon, right? Not right.

Years ago, I learned about a rare disease thanks to the movie "Unbreakable" (came out in 2000, starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and Robin Wright Penn). In this movie, Jackson's character (Elijah) has extremely brittle bones.
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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Rich Litvin on June 8, 2009
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Sean Stephenson faced the excruciating pain of almost 200 broken bones by the time he was just 18 years old, because of a condition called Brittle Bone Disease.

At 19 years old he had already achieved some amazing things but he was still unhealthy and aching for so much more in his life.

Then he met Tony Robbins who encouraged him to dream big.
REAL BIG.

Set TEN YEAR goals, said Tony.
So Sean did.

He set a goal to publish a book that changed people's lives and to have his own TV show by the time he was 29...

Sean turned 29 this year.
The same year his book was released AND he recorded his TV show "Three Foot Giant".

Get Off Your "But" - is an incredible book.

I work with people to help them build the confidence to achieve outrageous goals, so I know a thing or two about confidence. But I wrote notes on almost every page of this book. I loved it!

I've never written a book review on Amazon before - but I felt I had to today. The stories of both Sean's own life and that of his friends are truly inspirational. And the exercises really work.

I'll finish with a quote by the TV show host, Jimmy Kimmel:
"Sean Stephenson is the Yoda of personal development, with less pointy ears."

Oh, and some guy called Bill Clinton:
"Sean is an amazing person with an important message."
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Ashley D. Smith on April 24, 2009
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Sean Stephenson share his beautiful view of the world and life in Get off your But...and it comes through the world of a man who has overcome obstacles than few could imagine!

My life was blessed by this book and it's very creative ways of altering the way you view your life and circumstances- to STOP making excuses and live the life that you were made to live.

I am almost through reading this great book and I have already recommended it to all of my family and friends!! It's a must read for anyone who is looking for a fresh perspective and a life of "excellence"!

It has fun stories & practical ways that you can rise above and overcome the lies that hold you back. It will entertain you and change you all at the same time!

A MUST READ!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ron Cully on November 29, 2009
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I had the privilege of meeting Sean at a conference in Calgary where the Dali Lama, Richard Branson and F.W. deKlerk spoke along with another 15 or so amazing speakers. Sean was one of the most (if not the most) captivating speakers. Sean's sincerity about helping and loving people is very real and he has insight that hits very much to the core of why people sabotage themselves.

I've been studying work from the masters in this area and spent a year working with Tony Robbins through his Platinum Partnership program, and I got some great new insights from Sean. Sean is a true gift to us all.

If you have any level of dissatisfaction with where you are in your life or if you have any desires to move ahead in your life, you owe it to yourself to read this book and do the exercises. If you get just one distinction from reading this book, it will be worth way more than the money and time you spend to get this book and properly follow it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten Curley on September 28, 2009
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Get Off Your "But" is a truly dynamic book. The author uses the age-old reasoning of 'if I can do it (be a happy, successful, motivated, loving and loved person) so can you.' What makes this work is that he uses his personal story of being a child that was not supposed to live but did anyway and the hurdles that came with his physical limatations coupled with a lot of humor to show the reader that life really isn't as bad as we make it out to be in our own heads.

This book pried my eyelids open to see that the road blocks in my life are of my own creation and can therefore be uncreated. I've had a year of unbelievable loss that has spiraled into depression, fear and self-doubt. I was living in a "but" filled world. Recognizing that I was staying at my pity party a little too long made me look for a little kick in the pants and I found it in this book.

The exercises in the book, while not easy, were just the mirror I needed to see myself in and if you are reading this review you more than likely need a long hard look in that mirror too. Buy this book. All it can do is kick you in your "but."
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