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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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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.
Larry needs to head up our educational system and kids need to be taught to be responsible for themselves. This book enlightens adults that were never taught this.
A must read!
Good book for those lacking motivation at work. Of coarse, if they are lacking it at work, they probably won't be very motivated to read this book.
I do want to say that I have enjoyed his writings on other things, but this is defiantly the worst of his work.