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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Trestle Publishing (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979943108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979943102
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When reading the book How to Self-Destruct there is that moment, after pages and pages of laughing at the stupid things other people do in their careers, when the reader hits the prescient passage.

It is that moment when you look up from the pages and say, "Hey, how does this guy know me?" --Ann Belser, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

About the Author

Jason Seiden delivers a powerful message of professional and leadership development, tailored specifically to the needs and ambitions of Generations X & Y. He shows adults who are ready to take the next step in their careers how the business world works and helps them succeed without sacrificing their souls. Ivy League educated, Jason is an experienced consultant to Fortune 500 executives and a graduate level instructor of leadership and negotiations.

More About the Author

I improve the way professionals work and live by making them better communicators, especially online.

My work has appeared on national and cable television, radio, print, and online news outlets. I am the Interim co-Chair of the Career Advisory Board (presented by DeVry).

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This book is witty, incisive, and very, very fun to read.
Michael Gaubatz
I can't help but feel as though things will go much better this time, given my new insight into what it takes to be a masochistic success-story!
Christopher Foundas
It takes a serious look at how we tend to let our own fears and potential failures get in the way of success at work.
L. G. Cosby

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa Ruda, Ph.D. on October 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
As a management consultant with a doctorate degree in organizational psychology, I witness the self-destructive behavior of executives on a daily basis. I never cease to be amazed at the careless, short-sighted, and oftentimes ridiculous behavior of educated people in high level leadership positions. Jason has captured this lunacy in an insightful, concise, laugh-out-loud debut that provides a roadmap for how to manage your career. By highlighting those things we do to self destruct, Jason also skillfully guides the reader toward behaviors and attitudes that lead to success. I would recommend this book to colleagues and clients alike.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary S. Katz on January 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
I learned more about career development by reading this book than I did from earning my MBA, and I certainly laughed a whole lot more. Jason's wit and wisdom make this book almost impossible to put down. It had me taking a good look at myself and identifying the ways I have been sabotaging my own success. It also has some great tips for improving your personal life. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!
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A humorous and insightful jouney of our actions and attitudes as we try to ride the road to success. Jason's self deprecating humor allows you to feel in good company as you muddle your way up the ladder. Laughing your way through your own self-destructive behavior you can acknowledge, accept, and begin to make the changes neccessary to stop the destruction.

Funny and Intuitive, leaves you feeling there is hope, and change is possible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy I. Stolberg on October 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is so intelligently written and such a great "thinker" book, that I could not put it down. What differentiates this from other books of its type; I thoroughly enjoyed reading it AND "thinking" as I did so. The book prompts you to evaluate yourself and continue to reevaluate yourself at every turn of the page...It is one of those books that as you read you catch yourself saying "that really hits home and makes sense!" Intelligently written, punctuated with excellent bits of humor, and a learning experience all in one...what else could you ask for in a book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexia Martin on February 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
When I started to read this book when I first received the box I ordered, I just couldn't get into it - asking, what is this guy talking about all this crazy stuff on self destructing? But, I gave copies to my team, family, and friends and kept getting feedback that they loved it. So, I finally really sat down and started to read it and the light bulb, for me, finally went off as I got to the first pink section. My first learning, is once again, that my literal/pragmatic approach occasionally makes me miss out on great ideas. Jason calls me a "literalist."

So, I got really engaged in the book and read almost all the pink sections, some of the white sections and if you are a "literalist" like me, you will love this.

And, it's not just a career book, but a book to be read if you are thinking about retiring. (I call that redirecting.) I think Seiden should write a book for upcoming retirees, but he says he has no credibility yet on that topic. I say this guy can tackle just about anything, and succeed. And you will too if you read this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sonshi.com on December 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
Jason Seiden's "How to Self-Destruct" has captured the essence of a businessperson's path to success by showing us clearly what is holding us back. Do not be fooled -- it is more than a humorous book but a practical, no-nonsense guide for those with ambition who rather roll up their sleeves than complain about their situation. If you are good at making excuses, God help you if you decide to read "How to Self-Destruct." It's not your father's business book.

Sincerely,
Thomas Huynh, founder
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Moyer on September 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
I laughed because it was funny and I cried because I've done so many of these stupid, self destructive things! This book is a great for people at all levels of employment especially kids just starting out. Useful, practical advice delivered in a very funny and easy-to-read format. Nice job Jason!
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Written by expert personnel problem-solver Jason Philip Seiden, How To Self-Destruct: Making the Least of What's Left of Your Career is a self-help book with a twist - rather than offer rose-colored, optimistic encouragement to make the best of oneself, How To Self-Destruct simply and plainly spells out how to utterly waste one's life, sabotage one's goals, immerse oneself in misery and apathy, and ultimately, self-destruct. Guidelines for a sure road to lifelong failure and regret include "Remind everyone how great an honor it is for them to help you", "Only make logical arguments, both to yourself and others" (a sure road to failure given how emotion-driven human beings are), and "Fall for a married main, or fall for a woman attracted to married men. Either way." The tongue-in-cheek negative approach in How To Self-Destruct drives its points home with an unforgettable dose of wry humor, though fans of video games, Bill O'Reilly, casual Fridays, and other aspects of popular culture should brace themselves for a snarky denouncing. Sidebars for the "truly masochistic success-seeker" such as "A masochist's rule for involvement: Speak up and speak out... Run for office if that's what it takes" offer balance to the (overall) very effective list of ways to ruin one's life, but ultimately, How To Self-Destruct stands tall among self-help books in that it unquestionably lives up to its title.
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