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The Entitlement Cure: Finding Success in Doing Hard Things the Right Way Hardcover – October 6, 2015
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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. Dr. Townsend is the founder of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling and the online digital platform Townsend NOW; 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, have two sons, Ricky and Benny, and live in Newport Beach, California.
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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!
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.
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 reality is we live in an era of entitlement. Learn to recognized attitudes of entitlement in yourself so you live a healthier, more satisfied life. Learn to recognize entitlement in others and how to effectively interact with them so you do not fall prey to their deception and manipulation. It's HARD but well worth learning and using these truly effective tools.
This book is helping me face a tough personal situation. It has forced me to quit my wishful thinking and face the reality of life as it is.
There's no better time than today to begin healthy thinking and living. A HUGE bonus is that the book is available for a great price.