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JEFF FOXWORTHY is the largest selling comedy recording artist in history, a multiple Grammy Award nominee, and the bestselling author of more than twenty books. He is the host of the hit Fox television show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?. His syndicated weekly radio show The Foxworthy Countdown is carried in more than 220 markets across the United States. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Atlanta, Georgia.

BRIAN HARTT is a veteran writer and producer of hit comedies including Kids in the Hall, Mad TV, and The Jamie Kennedy Experiment. He also worked with Jeff on Blue Collar TV. He lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and two children.

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Perhaps you find the title of this book puzzling. Why on earth would anyone want to stink at his or her job? Think about it: We all stink at something, and I would much rather it be my job than sports or sex.

 The opposite of stinking at your job is being really good at it, and that is where the trouble begins. Being really good at your job probably means you’ll be promoted, which means increased responsibility. Are you going to let a bigger salary bribe you into being responsible? 

I didn’t think so!

 Besides, increased responsibility means longer hours. Shouldn’t you want to work less? Isn’t that what life is all about? After all, nobody on their deathbed says, “I wish I had spentmore time at the office.”

 Holding an important job means being accountable to management and possibly even stockholders. Who can have any fun with that kind of anvil hanging over your head? 

If you follow our simple guidelines, you will probably never make very much money and you’ll greatly disappoint your parents and spouse, but you’ll also eliminate a ton of workrelated stress, which means you’ll live a very long time without very much money. The semi-rotten apple is yours for the taking.

The Job Interview

Before you can stink at your job, you have to secure a job. This process usually begins with the job interview. This is very important! Try to appear as normal and grounded as possible, at least for the interview. Smile a lot. You’re trying to sell a product. As you prepare your résumé, let the sky be the limit. Why waste years and a fortune actually getting a PhD at Harvard when you can just say you did? Employers like to hire people who have experience in their chosen field, so tell them what they want to hear. Just get the job. To make yourself even more attractive as a potential employee, it is wise to “spice up” the personal/special skills part of your résumé. 

Claim to have served in the Peace Corps, say you can drive an excavator and, incidentally, that you climbed Mount Kilimanjaro (twice). . . . Sounds good, right? Very impressive? 

Don’t stop now–you’re on a roll! 

Tell them you have a black belt, play classical violin, and can speak four languages. Name it and claim it! They will be excited about having you on board . . . for now.

TIP: Do a good job of selling yourself, but try not to go too far. Telling the company that if they don’t hire you they’re stupid may backfire. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 2222 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Villard (April 25, 2009)
  • Publication Date: May 12, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0027MJTY2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C3 on May 20, 2009
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I haven't read any of Jeff's other books, but I am pretty familiar with his stand-up and TV performances. This isn't even close to what he is capable of. It is a VERY brief book, with less than half the pages having any text. The other pages have some cartoons or decorations, so it isn't much more than a 30 minute read. What material there is, just isn't funny. It is mildly amusing at best. Certainly not worth the $11 price. If you are expecting something Dilbert-like, you will be sadly disappointed. If you are expecting something up to his usual level of entertainment, you will be likewise disappointed. "Disappointing" is the best word I can think of to describe this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Thesing on August 7, 2009
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Jeff Foxworthy has once again produced a laugh a page book. Once you start reading
"How to Really Stink at Work" you will see your work mates and maybe yourself as
you read page after page. Make sure you have the time to read cover to cover
before starting the first page because you won't want to stop until the last page has been read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Thompson on April 30, 2013
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I really enjoy reading it.I would recommend it to any Gfoxworthy fans.I'm looking forward to any new books he has.Please keep me updated.
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