It's Called Work for a Reason!: Your Success Is Your Own Damn Fault
Some authors of business books stroke your ego by reinforcing information you already know. Others give you detailed statistical analysis of the economy, or buying trends, encouraging you to get lost in t...more
Seldom if ever, do you have a book that there will be placed on two extreme sides of an opinion. This book qualifies for that ‘once-in-a-blue-moon’ phenomenon.
Larry Winget with his ferocious teeth of wisdom, his Pitbull persistence and his Irritating persona has managed to do it yet again. This is a book you will either hate or love – I can assure you nothing in between.
If you are an employer you would wish to employ this as your official HR Manual going to the extent of ensuring each and ever ...more
By: Larry Winget
Reviewed February 2008.
This book is very straightforward, useful, easy, and even entertaining. Larry Winget gives this expectation up front and delivers throughout the book. The background for the book is the experiences and theories of the author. The motivation is very subjective, yet hit a common vein with me, and I would expect would do the same with others. I would not consider this book a solo tool for becoming a better manager, em ...more
By Larry Winget
I will admit that I have avoided reading this book for years. Not because I dislike work or am not dedicated to doing a good job. Rather, I had problems with the cover. The front cover of the book is emblazoned with gold lettering and features a man wearing sunglasses, flowered shirt, gaudy rings, and chartreuse boots. First impressions are everything. My first impression was: how could someone who dresses like that teach? I am happy to say ...more
1: Complete and total BS, the author wrote the book for one reason, *his* personal finances.
2: Another motivational speaker who it tells it like it is.
While the book seemed to have inklings of both of the above abhorrent qualities, it was unique and interesting in it's own right. Larry describes himself as 'the world's only irratational speaker' (tradem ...more
He basically says stop your whining and start working hard. Success is your own fault...so, if you suck that is because you are doing a sucky job. :)
The book boils down to this: take care of your customer, stop the blame game and just get the job done- if i ...more
It was cheesy and the author seems quite full of himself. Pretty much all common sense stuff and most "facts" provided by the author are his educated opinions on the way things are. He does make some good points and I can't say it was a ...more
There are loads of don't do this but do this ideas mentioned throughout, but all it's really go to do is produce a result of either; "Duh, who doesn't do that" or "Who the hell does this guy think he is?!?!. What's lacking are those that say, "This book has changed everything I've thought I was doing about work and made me more productive." I'd like ...more
Larry Winget confronts us with the four letter word...WORK. In this book he instructs on many topics related to work. Some of them include:
- What you need to do to succeed at your work;
- What you ought not to do at work;
- Personality types of people at work i.e. The Kiss-Ass, Mr. Positive, Sweet Sally, etc; and
- Customer Service;
He also shares many useful stories from his own life that help illustrate what he is inst ...more
The language is a bit coarse (not for me, I actually didn't notice it but then I'm a potty mouth) so if you're put off by that, I'd giv ...more
And what's with the heavy accent (on the audio book)...the author sounds exactly like Hank on King of the Hill. It's distracting, he should have paid someone to read the book and spared us the accent--but he was probably afraid the hired reader would be too la ...more
Yes, his attitude occasionally comes across as a shtick, but the book is full of good tips for both the corporate worker bees, managers, and business owners. And it's fun read to boot.
In this book, he shares 'cut to the chase' strategies for improving your life and work. Part humorous but realistic sharing. If you need a kick in the butt to get going, this is the book to read and take action by applying the suggestions.
I recommend ALL books by Larry Winget... but only if you like it when someone "tells it like it is" - he is very upfront and in your face. Great on TV, too - with the show "Big Spender" :)
count this as another library book i started but didn't make it all the way through. not based on the book, but my own pitiful reading habits.
There is no need to make it complicated. How to (do well) is not a "secret." He keeps it simple with a little bit of repetition that he warned us about up front. If you can stand the coarse language, he makes it plain and simple.
Share This Book
Take personal responsibility.
Things change, so be flexible.
Work smart and work hard.
Serve others well.
Be nice to others.
Have goals; want something big for yourself.
Become excellent at what you do.
Trust your gut.
When in doubt, take action.
Earn all you can. Save all you can. Give all you can.
Enjoy all you've got.
Above all keep it simple.”