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It's Called Work for a Reason!: Your Success Is Your Own Damn Fault Paperback – December 27, 2007
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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
“Winget sets a high threshold for delivering a likeable, useful book that will educate and promote behavioral changes. He delivers…Winget’s advice is solid: delivering results is the most fulfilling career move one can make.”
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Top Customer Reviews
I learned a lot when I was reading it, and have recommended it to others- there are very few books I truly like this much, but it motivated me to buy Winget's other books. Not all are as good as this one though. At times its a little imperfect, or I may disagree with parts, but its honest, an easy read, and a fun read- but at the same time still beneficial.
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 book is mainly common sense. Almost everything in this book you already know. The difference is that you may not voice that concern, or your company may not voice that concern. In my opinion the customer is not always right, but the customer pays the bills and the customer must receive excellent customer service in order to get the customer to give you money by buying your product or service. Its not rocket science.
I also liked this book because finally someone agrees with me. My company uses the term "he/she gives 110%" Really? 110%? It makes me crazy every time I hear that comment.
100% is everything a person could possibly give, it is everything they have. But you are telling me this other person can give 10% more than everything they possibly have? Really?
No wonder so many companies are in financial trouble right now. Those 110% geniuses who obviously skipped math and physics classes in school are in charge of the company budget.
My son marches to the beat of his own drum, and I felt that the title would appeal to him and catch his attention enough to read it! It worked. : )