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Why You're Dumb, Sick and Broke...And How to Get Smart, Healthy and Rich! Hardcover – October 9, 2006
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In this powerful and groundbreaking book, Randy Gage reveals the secrets of manifesting health, happiness, and prosperity in your lifebut in a way you've never experienced before. He takes the timeless and universal principles of success and applies them to the complexities, challenges, and realities of today's world.
Why You're Dumb, Sick and Broke . . . And How to Get Smart, Healthy and Rich! takes on all of the people, institutions, and beliefs that threaten your health, happiness, and prosperity. But be forewarned: Gage is blunt, outspoken, and brutally honest. No target is off limitsfrom religious leaders to media outlets, from well-meaning family members to New Age self-help gurus. He is dedicated to exposing the insidious role of "memes" that can infect your subconscious mind and cause you to sabotage your own success.
From reality television to an education system that kills critical thinking abilityfrom cults to organized religion, from dysfunctional families to the pervasive mentality of victim-hood and entitlementGage holds nothing back in revealing the forces at work in keeping most people dumb, sick, and broke. Read this book and discover his powerful action plan for getting smart, healthy, and rich!
From the Back Cover
Randy Gage has been dubbed "The Millionaire Messiah" because he believes it is a sin to be poor and you were born to be rich. His "Deepak Chopra meets Dennis Miller" style is bold, brash, but right on target if you want to know the secrets of success. He takes timeless universal truths and shows you how to apply them in today's complex world.
This book is not warmed-over, New Age mumbo-jumbo but scathing, straight talk on what it really takes to wise up, get healthy, and get rich! Gage is controversial, politically incorrect, and not afraid to take on some of the most hallowed institutions of our day, from organized religion to government, pop culture to the food you eat.
This thought-provoking book will challenge your beliefs, confront your fears, and—if you are open to it—show you how to get smart, healthy, and rich!
The Late Pope:
"Like most religious leaders, his actions actually worked to keep his followers dumb, sick, and broke. He leaves behind a legacy of poverty, ignorance, and despair."
". . . are corrupt by their very nature. Your government wants and needs you to be a worker drone in the collective support system in harvesting wealth from the productive people and distributing it to the unproductive—which solidifies their power base."
"Your highest moral prerogative is your own happiness."
The American Diet:
"Ninety percent of what most of us eat on a daily basis is now 'fake food.'"
"Most people subscribe to the cosmic Santa Claus theory, believing in a God who is making a list and checking it twice, gonna find out who's naughty and nice."
The Movie Titanic:
"It panders to the fear-based, lack-centered, and limiting beliefs that most people have about money and success. Titanic programs you on many different levels that it is noble to be poor, rich people are immoral, and money is evil. And the more you liked that movie—the more subconscious lack programming you have. I think it's the most evil movie ever made."
People Whose Life Purpose Is to "Serve God":
"Ought to be in a straightjacket."
Top Customer Reviews
All of us make bad decisions at one time or another. Obviously, Gage asserts, it is "dumb" to repeat them. For example, to become addicted to health-threatening behavior as well as to spend far in excess of income while maxing out credit cards. Various bad decisions can significantly reduce one's quality of life, standard of living, and career. How easy it is to be controlled by what James O'Toole has aptly characterized as "the ideology of comfort and the tyranny of custom." Presumably helping people to avoid or escape from such control is one of the reasons why he wrote this book. It is a worthy objective.
Frankly, I would have added another star to the rating were it not for Gage's frequent use of confrontational ("shock") rhetoric which, in my opinion, creates distractions throughout the flow of his narrative.Read more ›
Some people are offended by his writing style, others do not accept his message of accountability. No surprise since the majority of Americans are in the herd.
If there is something inside of you that says "all the dots are not connecting for me" or if you are in a pattern of negativity and/or lack, Randy's book will help you. Reading it solves nothing, but if you develop a plan of action and then take action there will be change.
If you continue to hold others accountable for what is happening in your life, then your life will be what they make it.
I bought this book partly because it was well-reviewed by a large number sources; after reading the actual book, I wonder which book these people actually read.
Gage starts out strong with an interesting personal anecdote of getting mugged and his analysis of how he brought this on himself. After those five pages, the book fizzles out into dull generalizations followed by overly-poetic musings on Puccini operas and sunsets.
I get the feeling that very little of this author's financial advice is drawn from real-life experience and much of it is re-hashed from other wealth-advice books. He speaks about having "made millions" in Real Estate, but speaks about it with the vocabulary of a novice in the two pages he devotes to this vehicle. One sees this especially in his way of believing that the value of the property will always increase, that you'll always make money from renters, and that flipping houses and selling them for a profit is a great idea (this book was published in 2006!).
With this lack of substance is paired a peppering of scattered unsavory remarks about how Pope John Paul II worked to keep his followers "dumb, sick, and broke" and how the media programs audiences to believe that poor people are happiest. I don't think any of the outlandish ideas expressed in this book really fit: all seem out-of-place and pushed in just to try and give a marketing stir (as he admits on page 155).
The back of the dust-jacket calls this book "Shocking. Controversial. Brilliant." Really, it is none of the above, I am honestly sad to say that this was a waste of time, but a brilliantly-marketed book that had me hooked until I realized the content did not match the marketing.
If you are really "dumb, sick, and broke", save your money and DO NOT waste money on this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Randy does a great job talking about what holds you back, as well as what will propel you into your success. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoy discovering a new way of thinking , that serves my highests goals and helps me feeling energized !! Thanks Randy .I really is a great work .Published 2 months ago
So good that I had to read it at once. Randy Gage is geniusPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
"People Whose Life Purpose is to Serve God, ought to be in a straightjacket."
This is all I need to read, to run as fast as I can from this author.
The Information is a wake-up call for everyone who wants to maintain a good quality and standard of life.Published 15 months ago by LA Blues
Read this once, starting it over this weekend - its that good.
If you need some changes in your life, this book will help
start the process.