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How Successful People Win: Using Bunkhouse Logic to Get What You Want in Life Hardcover – April 1, 2006
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The author begins a story about when he was most miserable and uses that as a point of departure to help us end the misery in our own. The basic idea of this book is to use the idea of the American cowboy as an example of how one gets control of one's life and acquires what one really wants from life. The cowboy is active, decisive, and focused on his purposes and goals. The cattle must be rounded up and driven to the city were they will be sold. There are no excuses, no alternatives, and no one else will come in and do the work for him. Nor would he want them to.
The book is in five parts. The first part introduces us to Stein's story about his own life and the Spirit of the cowboy. Part II frames what Bunkhouse logic is and what it is not. Part III provides some basic thoughts about life, but really makes an argument that anything worthwhile in life is going to involve risk. That is, you might experience actual loss and pain in pursuit of your dreams.Read more ›
But Ben Stein does do a great job of distilling valuable life lessons into teachings we can all benefit from. Frankly, I quickly tired of the analogy of life to a cowboy herding cattle. Seemed quite strained. Nonetheless, I never tired of the book. I even read it through, cover to cover, twice in two or three days. Can't remember the last book I did that with.
I've read some of Ben Stein's other books -- How to Ruin Your Life and its ilk. Those were entertaining, but more fluff than substance. How Successful People Win definitely gives you a lot more to chew on.
This book presents the basic rules of life, and rules of success. You can love them or hate them but you can't ignore them because they are contsants. The book is a very quick read, interesting, keeps you wanting to read more and is just a good book. After I bought this I want and bought his other two books on How to screw up your life and how to ruin your financial life.
Well worth the price
Others have touched upon most aspects of this short book, which is of course about being a success. "Success" here is defined as "getting what you want in life." The book is broken into five parts, with the meatiest being Part IV ("Preparing for the Game") and Part V ("The Rules of the Game"). The binding theme is "bunkhouse logic": an emphasis on activity, mobility, and performance--not excuses. This is something cowboys have known for a long time. You gotta work HARD for success. And then you gotta get up early the next morning and do it again.
If I'm going to allow someone into my head to do a little lifehacking--and pay for it to boot--then for my money I want to hear what works, no matter how tough it may be. Stein doesn't disappoint me. If your idea of success is the sort you get from late night infomercials ("Lose weight with no money down!" "Get rich eating nothing but chocolate!") this book will disappoint you. (Remember what dear Wesley told Buttercup? "Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.") Stein emphasizes what truly successful people have always understood: Success = Work. Hard work, and lots of it.
This lesson (really, the heart of the book) is summed up in Part V, Rule #4: `Life is a Process, and the Process Never Ends.Read more ›
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This book outlines an exceptionally novel approach to achieving success. I appreciated its directness (admittedly brutal at times--but on target), its plethora of unique insights,... Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by ZG
Ben Stein is the best. As always, gives great advice and words of wisdom. I have made money following his advicePublished on December 28, 2012 by uduffus1
Ben Stein is extremely intelligent but can speak to you in such plain, straightforward terms that are easy to understand. Read morePublished on June 10, 2011 by J. Harrer
I read this book years ago when it was first released as "Bunkhouse Logic." At that point in my life I read every self-help book I could get my hands on. Read morePublished on October 10, 2010 by Darrin J. Cook
How successful People Win, is a no nonsense approach to winning at what you want do in life. The information teaches you it's all on you, take life by the throat and say lets go! Read morePublished on May 23, 2010 by Timothy Howerton
Superb book! It reveals several surprising insights that make it well worth reading. Good job Ben Stein!Published on January 21, 2009 by Samuel Holly
Regretably, this book was a huge disappointment. The analogy with the cowboy and the bunkhouse never rings true and actually gets in the way. Mr. Read morePublished on November 29, 2008 by Eclectic Reader
... an inspirational book that actually has something to say. Moving beyond the usual claptrap that passes for wisdom these days, Ben Stein actually appears to have given some... Read morePublished on July 27, 2007 by Tim Warneka
I suppose that a lot of people have a favorite inspirational book, whether it is Canfield's "The Success Principles" or Byrne's "The Secret". Well, this is my favorite. Read morePublished on June 20, 2007 by Michael F. McPartlan