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Selfish or Selfless: Which One Are You? [Kindle Edition]

Eric Watterson
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In every moment in life, we decide to operate in one of two ways; doing something for yourself or doing something for someone else. Every act can be categorized as either a selfish act or a selfless act. “Selfish or Selfless: Which One Are You?,” discusses how you can discover whether or not you are doing things that are selfish (about your own wants, your own need, and your own desires) or whether you are doing things that are selfless (things that are about other people’s wants, other people’s needs and you do things that benefit others). Do you know which one you are? Have you thought about why you do what you do and how it impacts the people around you? Learn how to discover whether you are selfish or selfless and how to change sides if you need to.


Product Details

  • File Size: 105 KB
  • Print Length: 25 pages
  • Publisher: SON Enterprises (July 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DHYGMS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,080 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A quick read, but... December 30, 2011
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Not much to show for it. I realized that as a short book, it would not go into great depth or detail. However, instead of being- as I had hoped- a book looking objectively at selflessness and selfishness as different personality types and showing how one could use either to benefit, it was little more than a scold from your mother. Selfishness is bad and selflessness is good, and you just have to change from selfishness to selfness and your life will be ice cream and unicorns. Pure black and white, no nuance.
In reality, almost all of us lie somewhere in the grey area in between. Pure selflessness is every bit as bad as pure selfishness when it comes to living in the real world. Selfishness in the right amount can motivate us, and selflessness can open us to possibilities and make us enjoy what we have. If you are not able to make use of both, a meaningful life will be a very difficult thing to attain.
This one dimensional approach is not unique to this book. It seems to be commonplace in the "self-help" genre, so I cannot be too upset with the author. I will also give the benefit of the doubt in that the length of the book made it very difficult to impart any significant information. However, as an electronic book, the length constraints should not be a major issue. The author would have been much better served had they taken the time to flesh out their premise and address the subtle issues that arise when dealing with any two opposing concepts. A less judgmental tone would have helped, as well.
We are all told as children that being selfish is bad. Then we grow up, and the selfish people are the ones succeeding. I would much rather have read about how you can use a balance of the two traits to get ahead without becoming a person you would not want to be than to be lectured again as if I were a child that selfishness is always a bad thing.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the title suggests December 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Who wants to read a book that tells you to give more and take less? That's what the title suggests so many may look at it and decide to pass. But this book looks harder at motives rather than actions. It challenges what is truely selfish and what is selfishness disguised...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible January 20, 2014
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Terrible grammar and spelling. If you want an audience you must proof read and look like you know what you're writing about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars book November 13, 2013
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was kind of interesting but did not find useful for what i wanted the book for. not going to recommend reading
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ehh.. not too wonderful November 18, 2013
By Sarah
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Unless you want to brush up on your common sense, this book is a little too boring in my opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars so so July 5, 2014
By Lin
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Not really what I Was looking for. Not the inspirational material I was hoping it would be. Might help to catorigize your motives if you are in doubt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Very Good... January 19, 2014
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Too light in content and horrific editing all the way through this entire monotonous book of selfish self promotion! period!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enlightening March 27, 2012
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Found that I'm a bit of both, but was surprised that the "helper" in me was very well described. My best friend and I will benefit from this book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written
Great read and would recommend to anyone too read. Learned a lot and it makes you think about how you really look at things+
Published 12 days ago by Shaquita Mitchell
2.0 out of 5 stars but I think it could have been much better written and explored
The concept was there, but I think it could have been much better written and explored.
Published 1 month ago by Zapdos
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not one or the other
It's both. We must have self awareness, a desire to be of service and the willingness to grow. We can be selfless or selfish in an instant. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lisa Felder
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Reading this you have to have an opened mind!!! I found it to be very informative
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Ewing
5.0 out of 5 stars good points
Thought provoking and insightful. Good read to understand sometimes it is ok to be selfish (as in taking care of your needs) so that you can then be selfless in helping others.
Published 2 months ago by Michele Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars helpful!
I found this little book big in helping uncover selfishness and assist in realizing how it hurts relationships as well as to change from selfishness to selflessness.
Published 3 months ago by Jim Danner
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
good self help
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read and practical life illustrations
Easy read and practical life illustrations
Published 4 months ago by Michelle Tyler
1.0 out of 5 stars Religious sermon disguised as a self-help book.
And to add insult to injury it's not going to tell you anything any halfway intelligent person wouldn't already know.
Published 4 months ago by Sabbatical
2.0 out of 5 stars ok
It is a very short read but I did not really enjoy it too much. There were a few things I did like but it was all in the last chapter.
Published 5 months ago by cp
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