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Awaken Your Perfect Self: How to Become Better Than Everybody Else

2.62  ·  Rating details ·  76 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Based on a series of interviews with self-perfection guru Jim Hoenfhmfjn (pronounced "Hinfmfn"), this short story introduces the reader to Jim's philosophies in 15 easy-to-digest life lessons.

Learn how to put yourself before others, take instead of give, and stop being a follower and become a leader. Propel your life forward and achieve ultimate success - start perfecting
Kindle Edition, 38 pages
Published May 3rd 2012
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Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
**A free copy of this book was provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

Why the low rating?

Maybe people didn't get the book, that's the only possible reason I can come up with, because it absolutely deserves higher rating. I have to admit I downloaded this book from NetGalley without noticing the subtitle.

At first, I was uncomfortable when I started reading it, because my philosophy is not to achieve success using other people. Then I realized its a satire on nowadays gurus and f
I received a free copy of this short from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

There really wasn't anything to like here.
This text was categorized as "self-help" and although the title might be a hint that the text is not to be taken seriously, I still feel that the category is probably a bad choice.

Unfortunately, as humor or satire, it's not very funny either. It mostly falls flat. This is not the dry humor of Twain, full of witticisms and entendre. It's pretty much just the silly story o
Trixie Fontaine
I loved reading this. The 99 cent price point is perfect for a bedtime or brunchtime snack. I didn't want it to end.

The secret is in the comforting repetition of someone being duped by only slightly-exaggerated sociopathic bullshit. It's familiar, like bacon and eggs (but before the world -- I mean America -- overdid it by telling too many BACON jokes). The embarrassing part is that even though it's making fun of Tony Robbins-types, I actually experience a sensation of being inspired by the less
Jan 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc-books, 2014-reads
This book was just another sleazy feeling book. The narrator's life gets hijacked by this guy he's sitting a book about, and the whole time I'm reading, I just want to reach into the pages and smack the narrator, tell him what's happening, and to get some common sense. The title sounds like a self help book, but reads more like a memoir. Definitely not a book for me, but it was short so I completed it. I get that it was probably meant to be a spoof, he's writing from/in prison after all, and I g ...more
Jun 17, 2012 rated it liked it
For ninety-nine cents, this book is a steal, but I wouldn't pay a penny more. The book is really a short story with multiple chapters. Some were funny, some were painful, but in the end I was satisfied with a mild diversion from the humdrum pattern of life. Just understand from the start that this is not high or deep literature, not a self-help book, and not to be taken seriously. Though the narcissist in me wants to believe there is a self-help book like this, this is a work of satire (I point ...more
Bryan Bigari
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't generally write long reviews but after seeing the low rating I felt I had to leap to this book's defense.
As one other reviewer wrote, the only reasonable explanation for this book getting a low rating is the purchasers not realizing it was satire. Which should be a sign of 1) how badly this book is needed and 2) how prevalent the genre this book savages is in our society.

In my work I have to regularly deal with people that unwittingly use the voice of the author in their everyday lives.
Rosemary Daly
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book is completely outrageous!!!! I can ONLY hope that the author intended it as a satire on what to do to be successful. Let's just say that as you read it = you continue to wonder just how much more outrageous his game plan for success is going to get!!!! It's more like a book on what not to do to be successful - unless your idea of success is landing in prison for fraud, stealing, larceny and graft. If you are really looking for a book on achieving success - skip this one. If you are loo ...more
Laura Elizabeth
Good lord, this rating may seem harsh.

First, it's really harsh if the author meant it legitimately.
But I believe, it's a satire.

Seriously though... it probably should be listed in the humor section, rather than self-help, as it's mostly making fun of selfhelp books. While I'm not one who typically reads or thrives on self help books (I'm more of romance, fiction, science fiction, etc) there are those who sincerely need the reading and advice.
Jan 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm surprised that some people were not clear that this is a spoof.

There are several pretty big clues, incl the writer being in prison.

this is a very well done spoof of all the 'get rich quick' gurus, with their books, tapes, courses and infomercials.
it's very funny, esp the end it great.
Nov 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: galley
This amusing story satirises self-help literature. The deadpan not entirely self-aware narrator gets mixed up with slippery self-perfection "guru" Jim Hoenfhmfjn. A short novella. The one joke lasts about half way then there is a little interest in the narrative. Eager readers can follow the narrator's further adventures in sequel The Road to Hell is Paved with Kitty Litter.
May 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
I don't like satire. I'd rather the author state what they mean. I don't want to figure it out.
Stacy Stephenson
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book irritated me to no end. I only finished it because it started out as it it would be a good read. I hope the premise behind this book was solely humor.
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
I get it. It was funny. Not THAT funny, though, and the "lessons" tediously repetitive. All in all, good idea..."ehh" on the delivery...oh well.
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This reminds me a fair bit of Steve Martin's writing at its best. Kind of makes you wish you were one of those people who actually said the word "lol", because, well, lol.
Jun 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Meh. A satirical look at self-help books, poking fun. Not nearly as funny as touted.
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Brian Haigh is originally from Canada and got his BFA in Theatre from the University of Victoria in British Columbia. During university, he was a member of a comedy troupe, co-writing, performing, and producing shows that toured across Canada for four summers. He has appeared on radio, TV, and in print. After college he moved to Tokyo for five years, working as a teacher and a copywriter while doi ...more
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