- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Gotham; 1 edition (December 28, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592402267
- ISBN-13: 978-1592402267
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 139 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's Called Work for a Reason!: Your Success Is Your Own Damn Fault Hardcover – December 28, 2006
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With a writing style best described as full-throttle rant, the host of the A&E reality show Big Spender reveals the naked truth about careers, the employer/employee relationship, management skills, productivity and pay. Declaring at the outset that "there will be parts of this book you won't like," while daring readers to continue, Winget (Shut Up, Stop Whining & Get a Life) sets a high threshold for delivering a likable, useful book that will educate and promote behavioral changes. Yet he delivers. His brutal frankness about what's wrong with how businesses—big and small—operate offers a refreshing contrast to other career counseling and management books—even the gray area of ethics is delivered in black and white. In a section titled "What Happened to You?" he reminds readers of what it means to accept a job: "No work—no pay. No work—no job." Companies, as he repeatedly stresses, exist to make a profit, not to make their employees happy or feel fulfilled. Winget's advice is solid: delivering results is the most fulfilling career move one can make. (Jan.)
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Larry Winget simultaneously takes on everyone from smart-ass employees and motivational speakers to bad service, bad salespeople and bad bosses. It's not a fair fight. Winget has an unfair advantage - he tells the truth and doesn't give a damn if you like it or not. But like it or hate it, Larry will challenge you to be as amazing as you know you are. -- Joe Calloway, author of Work Like You're Showing Off!
Thin skinned? No sense of humor? Don't read this book! I warned you. On the other hand, if you want to read a book that cuts through the normal fluff and challenges you personally, then pay attention: Larry Winget will irritate you to be a better employee and a better person. -- Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE President , Sanborn & Associates, Inc., author of The Fred Factor
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I have three jobs (two of which are in businesses I own) and speak from experience when I say pain is the best teacher. It gets our attention. It makes us question our assumptions. It makes us stop whining and focus on what's really important, which generally isn't the thing we're whining about. It shows us areas where something is not right. It makes us confront what we're doing, versus what we think we're doing, and it reinforces the relationship between cause and effect. Finally, it gives us an incentive to identify what is causing the pain and fix the problem. So, when things aren't going well for me, the best thing I can do for myself is to arrange to receive some kind of butt-kicking.
While bad things definitely happen that can't be predicted or prevented, and while it's sometimes impossible to fix problems overnight if they've been brewing for years, we do have a surprising amount of influence over our environment.
This review is geared towards entrepreneurs who want to grow their businesses...
I've read "People Are Idiots" and "You're Broke Because You Want To Be." I gave both of those 4-stars. They are EXCELLENT books. If they were both whittled down to the key points and combined into a single book, it would be 5-stars for sure and rank up there with the best business books of all time. They fall just short because of too much repetition and a few contradictory points.
The reason I only gave this one 3-stars and not 4 is because it's written for an EMPLOYEE to read -- at least mainly. And seriously, what kind of an employee is going to pick up a book that's main message is, "You suck. The guy you work for is awesome, so get off your butt, show up on time, do more than you are required, and accept it" ???
Of course Larry gears a few chapters towards BUSINESS OWNERS which is great, but again I was surprised how much pulp he dedicated toward speaking to the lazy employee. It's like he has a chip on his shoulder and an axe to grind with lazy employees, but seriously would they even read this? Unless the audiobook version is PUMPING through the business P.A. sound system all day long, I guarantee employee will not read or even listen to this. I don't know why he spent so much time speaking to an audience that isn't there!
If you are an entrepreneur looking to grow your business, pick this book up and read the EMPLOYER chapters very closely, but skim through the EMPLOYEE chapters.
If you are new to Larry Winget and you are a business owner and your business is stuck, I would actually suggest starting with "People Are Idiots".
Thank you :-)