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Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 7, 2010
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Which just proves that nice guys can finish first--that you need not be nasty, mean or impolite to climb to the top in any profession. With 18 rules, this book shows you how you can succeed in life--while being nice.
Gunn doesn't believe in luck to succeed--he believes in hard work, skill, dedication and creatively. One of his phrases that he uses on Project Runaway in in life is: "Make it work". He says: "You should use what you have on hand to transform your situation." In other words, if you wait until everything is perfect before proceeding, it ain't gonna happen!
He believes in politeness and in being kind to others. This book, he writes, is a "manifesto for kindness, generosity and integrity."
What I like about this book most is that, unlike so many recently published, Gunn emphasizes hard work, perseverance and creatively to reach goals--not magical thinking. Obviously, not all of us will reach the level of success that Gunn has. Bit the book is motivational, fun (the dishing--delightful!) and a guide to good living.
I also like the fact that he tells us that the world owes us nothing. There are far too many people who feel, for whatever reason, that they are entitled. Gunn does NOT like these people....These are usually the same people who are rude to waiters and other people (something Gunn rails against. Yes! I used to wait tables and couldn't stand people who were rude just because.Read more ›
I am not a big TV watcher, but I got hooked on watching Project Runway around 5 years ago. Part of the reason was Tim Gunn. There is something so fundamentally decent and kind about that man, and you cannot help but feel affection towards him.
I am usually a fiction reader, but I picked up this book and started reading it and couldn't put it down. It's not simply clever commentary on fashion and etiquette but also replete with Tim's observations about such subjects as varied as child rearing, schooling, and therapy.
And did I mention it's laugh-out-loud funny? I must've woke my husband up a dozen times with my outbursts. One of the parts that really had me cackling were Tim's descriptions of eating (from foreign foods that have animals that are still alive and crawl off your plate) to the topic of vegetarianism.
If you are a fan of Tim Gunn, I don't have to sell you on this book - you'll probably be interested in reading it. And yes, he does dish on some of the designers as well as the judges. But I do believe that anyone could benefit from reading this - his decency, his honestly, and his integrity shine through every page. For those of you who are familiar with Tim Gunn, and for those of you who aren't, here's just a brief quote from the book that so well catches his wit and personality:
"I hold doors open for women, and I also hold them for men. When I'm at Macy's, I don't let the door slam behind me when I walk through. It has nothing to do with gender. I would hold a door open for anyone.
Would I hold the door for a dog? Okay, may not, because a dog shouldn't be at Macy's."
Gunn argues that those rules - working hard, treating others with respect, knowing when to speak up and when to keep your mouth shut, etc. - are not now and never will be out of fashion. Into his rules, Gunn has woven a number of great anecdotes centering around Project Runway and around some well known names in the fashion and entertainment industry, helping to keep the overall tone of the book light and amusing.
Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Lessons for Making It Work isn't the type of book I usually read - fiction is more my thing - but I found it both a lot of fun and nicely inspiring. Even though I wasn't familiar with Gunn before reading this, after finishing, I felt I had come to understand the essence of the man and to admire the manners and methods that guide his life. It was nice to read something from someone with whom I apparently share a good many values and who can eloquently communicate them without sounding the least bit preachy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gave this to my daughter for Christmas and she said it was a really good read.Published 1 month ago by Heidi Elizabeth Vokes
Well, who doesn't love Tim Gunn? I love Project Runway, and naturally wanted to read this book for that reason alone. Read morePublished 2 months ago by dkshoe
I love Project Runway and could not wait to get this book by Tim Gunn! Wonderful, funny, little gossipy and total enjoyable read.Published 3 months ago by Deborah
Let me start by saying that I adored Tim Gunn before I picked up this book. I now love him truly, madly, deeply. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sue J
If you love Tim Gunn... get this book! It's great, and has positive vibes written throughout! Wonderful light read for anyone, but especially for those who love Tim Gunn!Published 5 months ago by Kate E.
Read read read. A must of any professional rules to live byPublished 5 months ago by Mark M Lussier
As a person who makes a career out of being nice (hello, customer service industry), most of the info here is already in my repertoire. Read morePublished 6 months ago by M Stevens