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Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life: A Kick-Butt Approach to a Better Life

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Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life was immediately hailed as "not your average self-help book" and demanded attention and praise right out of the gate. It is now considered one of the icons of the personal development movement. Now, Larry Winget is back with his signature caustic, no-nonsense, hilarious style, which earned him the titles "Pitbull of Personal Development ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by John Wiley & Sons (first published 2004)
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Viktoria Anna
Genau das, was ich gebraucht habe: ein kleiner Tritt in den Hintern.

Lieblingsstellen: Viele! Hier nur zwei davon.
"Stress kommt daher, dass man weiß, was richtig ist, aber das Falsche tut."
"Es gibt immer ausreichend Zeit um die Dinge zu tun, die du wirklich tun willst. Wenn du es nur stark genug willst, wirst du die Zeit finden oder sie dir nehmen."
Loy Machedo

This is the third book of Larry Winget that I decided to read and complete and it took me all but a few hours. And as advertized on the label – he is truly the Pitbull of Personal Development.

But herein lies the twist.

What can you expect from this book?

Straight forward wisdom?
A controversial method of thinking?
Something new?

Well you will be a bit surprised, if your expectations matched mine.

I believe this book came in around 2004 when Larry had already released around 8 book before that – mos
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Tyra
Sep 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked Larry Winget's no-holds-barred approach to a better self and a better life and, to my surprise, I found it helpful. The overarching idea is that if you want something, which could be anything from a better job to a better marriage, then go after it! (notice ! for he uses a lot of them).

For example, in one part of the book he explained how he once lived in Oklahoma, mainly because of family. He hated the weather, though, which gnawed at him daily. After doing a little math, he determined
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Angel
Sep 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2005 was a pretty good year for reading, since I read a lot on the commute when I lived in Houston (about the only good thing out of that hideous commute to the city). Anyhow, here is my impression of this book from my journal back then:

>>This is a good, smart, straight forward self-help advice book. I think my director selected it for the business section, but the author addresses all walks of life. Basically, the idea is to take responsibility for your life. Don't like it, change it, bu
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Sinondang
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buku tentang pengembangan diri yang unik karena 2 alasan, pertama disajikan dalam bentuk komik, kedua gaya bahasa dipakai cenderung ke negatif, sehingga bisa jadi membuat tidak nyaman pembaca. Terlepas dari gaya bahasanya, menurut saya hal tersebut tidak mengubah tujuan dan isi buku ini, yaitu untuk mencapai hidup yang lebih baik. Buku ini juga mengajak pembacanya untuk mempertanyakan nilai-nilai yang sudah ada dengan sudut pandang yang tidak konvensional. Hal-hal yang disampaikan buku ini sanga ...more
Eva Picciati
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book to read every once in a while
Brian
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No holds barred tell it like it is. While others try to make you feel good and tell youit is the big bad worlds fault lARRY PUTS IT IN PLAIN non pc TRUTH. iT IS OUR OWN FAULT.
Christina Wilder
It's impossible to miss the direction of Larry Winget's book "Shut Up, Stop Whining, & Get A Life"; the cover is in bold print, and Winget is crouching on the cover and pointing to the reader. He looks more like a member of Hell's Angels rather than someone who can help you with your life's troubles, but that's what works for him, and that's what sets this book apart from most self-help books.
Most books in the personal development section are designed to comfort, to inspire, sort of like a p
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Indah W
Aug 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: motivational
This definitely NOT the usual kind of motivational, self-help or whatever elo mo mengkategorikan buku ini sebagai apaan, ahahaha..

Kalo yang udah terbiasa baca buku2 motivasi dengan bahasa2 yang halus, menghibur, dan menenangkan, waahh.. dijamin bakal terkaget2 pas baca buku yang satu ini karena so many times mungkin kita akan merasa diserang oleh sang penulis, wakakakakak :p

Contohnya nih yaa..

Seringkali khan kita ngerasa pengen diterima oleh orang lain sebagaimana adanya diri kita and banyaaak b
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Barry Davis
WINGER CALLS HIMSELF “THE PITBULL OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT” AND THE WORLDS ONLY “IRRITATIONAL SPEAKER.” UNFORTUNATELY, THE BEST PART OF THIS BOOK IS PROBABLY THE TITLE, ALTHOUGH THERE IS SOME SOLID, NO-NONSENSE, GLASSERIAN-TYPE ADVICE THROUGHOUT. HE WRITES IN A CLIPPED, CONVERSATIONAL TONE, OFTEN MAKING SHOCKING STATEMENTS TO INVOKE DISCOMFORT AND CHALLENGE. FOR EXAMPLE, - TIME MANAGEMENT IS A JOKE (WE ALL HAVE THE SAME TIME, PRIORITIES ARE WHAT YOU MUST FOCUS ON), THE ONLY WAY TO CHANGE IS TO CH ...more
Gemma
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, self-help
Also posted on my blog at The Humble Book Nerd:
https://humblebooknerd.wordpress.com/...

Oh, how I hate reviewing nonfiction…but this one is going to be easy. Larry Winget holds no one’s hand. He doesn’t care about anyone’s feelings. And if you ask him why you’re unhappy and unsuccessful, he’ll tell you it’s your own fault. The ugly truth of it is, he’s probably right.

This isn’t self-help as much as Winget calling the reader out, but the real shocker is that everything in this book is so obvious!
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Zazzu
Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Not a bad premise for a self help book, but I think the writing was a little thin, and I think he needs to provide better/more concrete steps to improving your life.
Example: Telling someone to eat less and exercise more is all well and good, but sometimes that's too big of a task. Breaking down a task into smaller pieces and achievable goals is sometimes a big help in keeping on task...for weight loss, adding more fiber, veggies, and water to your diet can help curb cravings to eat less.
Also..
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Ebony
May 14, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
Winget said he was going to be harsh, but he wasn’t. He just told people the truth in a confrontational yet conversational style. His bragging about being an asshole seemed more like a marketing strategy than reality to me—considering all the Bible verses he quoted. I finished it. I’m not entirely sure why. I guess I grew to like him, and I wanted to know how he was going to say what he said because none of it was really new. It had a sexy tile with controversial chapter titles, but much of the ...more
Ilya Mrz
Jan 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ms, 2015
Take-Aways

Stop whining. Take responsibility for the events in your life.
Appreciate the crap that slaps you silly. Learn from your mistakes.
Crawl out of your comfort zone. Gather your wits and face reality.
Create a plan. Without a detailed plan you will flail around without direction or drive.
Stupidity, laziness and indifference create failures.
If you don’t love your job, leave it. (Or find something about it to love.)
Take stock of the people, things and commitments that fill your life. Dump, alt
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Дени Проданова
Какво да ви кажа... Купих книгата за приятелка, която има нужда от помощ и рекох да я прочета, за да съм сигурна, че ще има файда. Като цяло съм съгласна с 98% от написаното. Наистина моята философия за живота съвпада до голяма степен с възгледите на автора. Разбира се прочетох и големи глупости (заради които падна едната звезда), а другата падна заради самия автор.
Абе, Лари, пич, осъзнай се! Противоречиш си! През 15% от книгата обяснява каква щяла да бъде тя (директна, изпълнена с болезнена ис
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Christine


The title of this book jumped out at me from an Office Max endcap - I was feeling particularly moany & whiny at the time, & figured I needed something different to shock me into action.

Well, I got the shock, at least! ;)

MY TAKE ON IT:

Mr. Winget's style is definitely very different from the majority of business/motivational books I've seen. While reading "Shut Up," I found myself irritated or in disagreement with him most of the time. It seemed that his efforts to shock the reader outnu
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Amanda
Aug 01, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kristie J.
Sep 27, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I forced myself to finish this book so I could add it to my "read" list. I struggled over whether to give it 1 or 2 stars. I do think we all need to hear the "shut up, stop whining, and get a life" message from time to time, and some of the advice in the book is practical. However, only the first one-fourth of the book is really about the "shut up, stop whining, and get a life" message. The entire rest of the book is the author preaching about his own personal beliefs and opinions about religion ...more
TC
As you can probably tell from the title this is a different kind of self-help book. And if you can't tell it from the title I will admit it here, it is not for everyone, but it sure is funny. It is a kick-your-butt approach to getting your life on track and taking responsiblity for the things that are wrong in your life and then it shows you how to deal with them. Not everyone will find it useful and if you are easily offended you will probably not find it funny either. But if you are willing to ...more
Keksisbaby
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
Untypisch für Selbsthilferatgeber gibt der Titel des Buches die Quinteszenz des Buches wieder. "Halt den Mund, hör auf zu heulen und lebe endlich!" Zugegeben sehr provokant, aber genau das ist der Autor. Er liebt es zu provozieren und dadurch seine Leser seine Botschaft zu vermitteln. Er plädiert dafür das Leben aktiv zu gestalten und das Beste aus allem zu machen, sich aber auch seiner Fehler und Schwächen bewußt zu werden. Manchmal auf eine Art und Weise, dass man ihn für das größte Arschloch ...more
Richard
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of Larry Winget's plain talking approach to self-development. Overweight? Eat less and exercise more. Hard-up? Spend less and earn more. Fundamentally it's the simple answers that are the most powerful.

With that said, Winget's plain talking approach felt forced to me while I read this book. Some of the later chapters are only a page or two long and gave short, sharp advice that hit the mark. The chapters that were longer than that sometimes felt like they were too long and laboured the
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Christopher Lewis Kozoriz
Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan. ~ Larry Winget

I listened to this audio-book while driving to and from work. Unfortunately the audio-book was "not" read by the author, but a paid speaker. I prefer to listen to audio-books that are read by the author because I find you can get a better feeling of what the author is trying to say.

Also, there were things in this book that I did not agree with, such as having se
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Douglas
Oct 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-improvement
Larry Winget was a guest speaker for Tony Robbin's Wealth Mastery Seminar. Very blunt and honest; just the way I like it.

The book was a worthwhile read with some bits of information that I will definitely keep in mind. My favorite was when he said something to the effect that: there is plenty of opportunity for people to do what they want, but what is scarce is people with the resolve to do it.

I blew through this book in two days. A lightning fast read. If you haven't heard him speak, you'll fi
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Elizabeth
from the library
author calls himself a philosopher! He is a motivational speaker in the International Speakers Hall of Fame. ??

"three main reasons People are not successfull: people are stupid. People are lazy. They don't give a damn." He modified stupid to mean that people don't do what they know they should do.


"If your life sucks,its because you suck."

It isn't really as bad as these quotes. He actually has good thing to say but nothing I haven't read before and I am not motivated to read this
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Rachel
Jan 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who complains and doesnt do anything about it.
This book was very outside of the box however very useful. Some things in there I thought were mean, others I knew were true but I didnt want to acknowledge. This books helps you in getting over the hump of complainning and always feeling like you are the victim of your life (which you aren't). I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who complains and to anyone who is in for a good ride as well. Certain aspects of this book helped me right from the start. They stick in your mind and mak ...more
M. Badawy
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first time ever to encounter someone speeching like Larry, through his unconventional, non-traditional and prosthetic way, this is by far the best self-help I've ever came across, and the Kick--Butt approach you may have never came across before that may really work wonders in the way you do envision life, people, work, and even relationships.
Nevertheless, I came into some areas where I didn't really think I sited with him, yet that was some very healthy read to me, probably would even love t
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Jim George
Jan 14, 2012 rated it liked it
I agree with the author wholeheartedly. People for the most part are stupid, they don't take responsibility for their lives, they are too worried about being politically correct. They let their mouths write checks their booties can't cash. They point their fingers and blame everyone else, feel entitled, do just enough to get by, they are not willing to step up to the plate of the game of life. Just do the right thing, ante up, take responsibility. If the most important thing gets done, regardles ...more
Laura
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This too is a great book. I normally do not write in books, but I found myself writing and highlighting all the way through this book. I really like Wingets no nonsense approach. As I read the book, I wanted to smack Larry a number of times but, that's what made the book so good. What he said was the brutal truth. Larry is going to be speaking at the ATRA EXPO in Vegas in October. I am looking forward to seeing him in person.
Armand
Apr 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Except for the part that you won't get a cold if you don't will it, Larry gives practical and straight advice without sugar coating his words. Sometimes arrogant but effective as he tells it as it is and honest enough to say that you won't have to agree with everything he says so long that you can work out a life plan based on what you believe, what you say, and what you do that gives you the best result based on your personal life design.
Tomas Svitorka
Oct 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
number of really good points... although in this case most of its power is in his delivery... does make you laugh big time and often... also uncomfortable over your own laziness... if you strong enough to admit it to your self.... but I have to admit I was getting a bit itchy through the "God" chapter and for me disappointingly the "God" thing kept appearing bit too often for my taste.. but all in all worth reading.
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