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How to Self-Destruct: Making the Least of What's Left of Your Career
by Jason Seiden
You say, "I want to make it to the top " I say, "Why would you want that?" That kind of success requires personal growth. Personal growth is difficult, stressful, and risky. Put those adjectives in front of anything else and you'd run away as fast as you could How about an alternative form of success that requires no practice, no soul-searching, and no behavioral change wh ...more
Paperback, 186 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Trestle Publishing
(first published September 29th 2006)
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Apr 08, 2011 FAXBoy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Glenn Beck
Recommended to FAXBoy by: Borders
Another impulse buy, this time at a Borders in Chicago over the summer (there was a big display in the front of the store and the cover is such a delicious shade of red that I could not resist). Unfortunately, I missed the reading by a day or two. The book has two modes: sarcasm and advice. The author alternates between the two in each chapter and once you catch onto the conceit and become familiar with his two tones, How to Self-Destruct gets a bit tedious and it was hard for me to get to the e ...more
Got an advance reader's edition of this cheap somewhere. Funny thing, there's this graphic of these little guys inside boxes on the cover. Read this book, follow his advice to the letter, and you can become one of those little guys in the box too. I've been thinking a lot lately about how the history of the labor movement seems to have been erased, and this fine young buck is a great example of the quality of critical thinking in that new world order.
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“Chances are if you find yourself caught up in a political foofaraw at work, or in some family squabble at home, it's because someone else is succeeding in convincing you that his problem is your problem. The non-self-destructor recognizes this and as soon as possible, gives the sleepless night back to the person to whom it belongs.”
“The greatest thing I learned while taking classes at Second City was the very first thing they taught: 'Yes, and...'. In improv, you keep scenes alive but accepting whatever you are given and then adding to it or amplifying it. There is no space on stage for 'No,' 'I'm sorry, you're mistaken,' or 'Yes, but...'. Those transitions kill energy, set up interpersonal conflict, engage the ego in a defensive posture, and stymie the flow of conversation onstage.”More quotes…