- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan (October 6, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310330521
- ISBN-13: 978-0310330523
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 230 customer reviews
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The growing entitlement mentality in this country is completely toxic, slowly eating away at our spirits like acid. I’ve said for years that if you want to win, you’ve got to take responsibility. You’ve got to leave the cave, kill something, and then you can drag it home! Personal responsibility may be the hard way, but it’s the only way. (Dave Ramsey, New York Times bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio show host)
The Entitlement Cure is a powerful book that gives people a true roadmap to success. If you want a better life, starting right now, buy this book. (Daniel G. Amen, MD, founder, Amen Clinics, author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life)
Dr. John Townsend has written a helpful and encouraging book to help us deal with the issue of entitlement, whether we see it in others or in ourselves. Overcoming this mindset isn’t easy. It requires discipline, honesty, and responsibility. That’s the hard way, but it’s the only way worth taking. (Jim Daly, President ― Focus on the Family)
There are so many real-life examples based on John’s experience and expertise that reinforce why the hard way is the best way and God’s intended way for our success. This is more than a book to read, it’s an engaging conversation with a “friendly” expert. (Gary Daichendt, former executive vice president, Cisco Systems)
Buying and reading The Entitlement Cure should be one of the easiest decisions you ever make. Why? Because we all need John Townsend’s life-giving message. Don’t miss out on this compelling and immensely practical book. You will love The Entitlement Cure! (Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, authors of)
There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth getting to. The Entitlement Cure is full of wisdom, truth, empowerment, and principles that will help you and those around you actually achieve success. I’ve been waiting for this book and could not put it down. It is a new word for our generation. (Christine Caine, founder, The A21 Campaign)
There is no such thing as “the easy button,” but my friend John Townsend delivers real remedies to today’s entitlement mentality. The Entitlement Cure is a game changer. (Dr. Kevin Leman, New York Times bestselling author of The Birth Order Book and The Way of the Shepherd)
Dr. John Townsend is one of the leading psychologists in the world today, and his new book, The Entitlement Cure, will help hundreds of thousands of readers. He describes the hard way as developing the habit of doing what is best, rather than what is most comfortable, to accomplish worthwhile outcomes. In reality, the hard way actually becomes the easiest way to achieve success and love. I highly endorse this book. (Paul Meier, MD, founder of the national chain of Meier Clinics)
The only place where “success” comes before “work” is in the dictionary. Cutting corners is a shortcut to losing --- there is no free lunch. John has hit on one of the most pressing problems facing families, businesses, and society. We have a rising culture of entitlement. The Entitlement Cure is a straightforward illustration and guide to curing this epidemic. (C. Kemmons Wilson Jr., founding family of Holiday Inns)
Dr. John Townsend has addressed a devastating result of the disappearance of personal responsibility in our culture--- entitlement. He provides the necessary tools to identify it and a system to deal with it. The Entitlement Cure is a useful addition to everyone’s toolbox. (Bill Yingling, former chairman and CEO, Thrifty Corp)
About the Author
Dr. John Townsend is a respected leadership consultant, psychologist, and New York Times bestselling author. John is the founder of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling, and the online digital platform TownsendNOW; he also conducts the Townsend Leadership Program. He travels extensively for corporate consulting, speaking, and helping develop leaders and their teams. He and his wife, Barbi, live in Newport Beach, California, and have two sons, Ricky and Benny.
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Like it or not, we're dealing with the reality of entitlement. Comedians John Crist and Chonda Pierce have grasped the humor of entitlement in their viral videos. I'm a HUGE fan of the topic as I see entitlement dominating communities and tempting people into prideful positions. Many of my social media friends are currently reading and quoting from the book. It appeals to a wide demographic audience. Here are my book notes (make sure you read the entire book for a better understanding):
1. Entitlement is a sociology disease. From this viewpoint, diseases have identifiable symptoms, diagnosis, underlying cause, and cures. Isn't that worth investigating?
2. Family members get stuck in entitlement. If you remember that John Townsend has written several books about healthy boundaries, then it's no surprise that entitlement is spread through enabling. We can help entitled family members by setting safe limits or what is permitted in our relationships.
3. Move family members from deserving to responsibility. This is a big lesson I need to teach my adult children, and it's done with intention. Somewhat similar to the "Peter Pan Syndrome" of never growing up!
4. Motivating someone from entitlement to responsibility requires discipline and structure. It's not easy to teach someone to be a self-feeder, yet when she learns to fish and feed herself, everyone is blessed! I need discipline on my part not to rescue her from failure, and she needs to learn by taking risks and making mistakes. In-between is prayer. LOTS of prayer!
I'm pretty sure I highlighted 85% of my Kindle ebook version!
Whether the issue is a person who fears conflict, or refuses to admit "I was wrong," or simply is lazy—The Entitlement Cure helps us take the next hard step toward true success, joy, and growth instead of continuing to chase easy choices that dump consequences that are anything but easy.
The book is worth every penny. And then some. I'll read it again.
The Entitlement Cure: Finding Success in Doing Hard Things the Right Way
By Dave Walker - Cincinnati, Ohio
The issue of Entitlement has been cited by many as one of THE major problems in America. This book is not just a wake-up call, motivational read, an insightful tome defining the issues involved or merely a call to action. Thankfully, this is a book in whose chapters lie a tool chest from which the reader can discover “the what, and how to” of building the skills necessary to restore people from the entitlement mentality. First, it helps the reader explore the possibility of what the author refers to as the “pocket entitlement”. That is, what you might be carrying around in your own life. Once the log removal is underway, the reader is asked to do the next hard thing; helping those in his reach and influence who are stuck in the grip of entitlement.
The author, Dr. Townsend, does not hide the fact that combating entitlement is hard. In fact, he drives this fact home over and over throughout the book. Though there is no easy solution, there is an effective one. In each chapter he takes a realistic look under the surface of the various issues and nuances involved in Entitlement. One skill this book will help you develop is how to initiate a consequence-based conversation to provide the entitled person with a needed dose of reality. One of the conundrums one faces is how to make it clear to a person the ways others experience the entitled behavior of that individual. The seven elements the author provides outline a caring way to approach the person with an entitlement complex.
Each chapter is solutions-oriented and ends with three practical skills to develop in counteracting the grip of entitlement in that area. Yes, it is hard work and takes a number of specific skills. The process this book teaches develops a critical character ability that psychologists call internal structure. This process also involves learning how to apply what the author calls the calendarized process, external structuring, relational support, revamping a self-image that helps, what obstacles to expect, and how to face the pain that gets you past those obstacles to combat this condition and be healed.
I have read through the entire book and now I am stuck with a dilemma. I cannot call myself a responsible person and hold The Entitlement Cure in my hands without doing the next hard thing: to go back through the book and start developing the skills taught within its pages. I now understand this condition more thoroughly and know the answer for combatting this pervasive, devastating problem in me and our culture. I now have had some of the blindness lifted in areas of my own life. I have no excuse. I now possess the means to the solution. It is not easy, but I too believe the hard way is the right way.
I must accept the authors charge to become a change agent in my own life. Then I may be genuine in my offer to help others overcome their aversion to dealing with this reality in their own lives as well. Join me. Get this book. Read it, learn from it, and stop playing the blame game. Learn to take meaningful risks. Accept personal responsibility by taking the risk of confronting entitlement wherever you observe it with the skills available in this culture changing book.
This book is not the solution. You are! That is, if you read it. Ask God for the grace to build the skills it teaches into your life, and to loving use you to deliver others from the entitlement trap, from “I Deserve” to “I am Responsible” living.
He defines entitlement as the belief that I am exempt from responsibility and am owed special treatment. It’s an attitude that says “I’m special and exceptional,” that believes the individual is owed something, that denies responsibility, and that refuses to accept responsibility.
The “cure” Townsend prescribes is the Hard Way, that says, “The habit of doing what is best, rather than what is comfortable, to achieve a worthwhile outcome.” The Entitlement Cure would be a great read for teachers, pastors, employers, coaches, and more.