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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 & Get a Life

This is not your typical self-help book. You won't find any motivational platitudes or cute business parables here. This is more of a "get off your butt and get to work" approach that can help you achieve more success, make more money, improve your business, and have more fun.

Larry Winget doesn't pull any punches here. He believes
Paperback, 229 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by John Wiley & Sons (first published 2004)
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Kristie J.
Sep 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Loy Machedo
Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it

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 –
Sep 25, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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,
Jan 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Well... I found this in my house while purging my bookcases in preparation to downsize. I know this was a book my ex was to read for a focus group for his franchise. For the life of me, I don’t know what they thought he would really get from it.
The book really should probably be an e-book. The front end is padded with bolded quotes by famous people. The last half of the book is full of two page chapters. Much of the book is anecdotal at best and honestly completely inaccurate at worst.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Certain people are tough and frank. They have issues but they are smart enough to see through the flimsy motivation books out there in the first chapter, the books do not measure up, and said book sails though the air into the bin.

Enter “Shut Up, Stop Whining, & Get a Life”.

Tough, frank, no-nonsense people that need help (but do not want to be babied) ... step up: this book is for you.

The title tells you it was written by someone just ... like ... you. Life’s disasters? Been there. “You’re
Caro Ledford
Apr 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
I found this book an absolute chore to read. I was reading this for a class, otherwise I never would’ve picked it up. There is absolutely nothing new about his “tough love” approach. He spends entirely too much of this book trying to convince us he’s different. If he was actually different, would he really have to work so hard to convince us? At the same time, he’s shamelessly plugging his other books, which I assume are equally awful. At the end of the day, he seems to be just as much of a scam ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Useful in parts. Others seem like they don't apply. The section on marriage/relationships was everything I felt about relationships but couldn't articulate, everything I should've known about marriage but didn't, and everything I've done wrong in all my relationships rolled into one. It will be mandatory listening for my kids here in a couple years.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On a recommendation of another friend I picked this up from the library. As personal development books go, it's not kind or gentle. The presentation is quite harsh but has solid advice. The advice is not new, I've read it elsewhere, but the delivery is different. This book figuratively tosses ice water in your face or dangles you out a window by your ankle to get you to listen. On the plus side, it's a graphic novel, so there are pictures and it's a quick read. If you are well aware of your own ...more
Jennifer Anderson
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
The final 40 pages made up for the beginning of the book or I would have given it one star. The beginning of the book did not fit this time in my life but may have been more beneficial when I was younger. There were numerous references to “god” throughout the entire book which I would have been happier without. The last few chapters helped redeem the rest of the book.
Denise Parker
Feb 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Hated it - I felt like I was being yelled at with every word I read. I finally closed the book and stopped reading it and chose another book in a different style that was much better in my opinion.
George Ovidiu
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read it when i was 21 and didn't had a clue about life.
Changed my life and went fast forward around 5 years reading it.
Got a new responsible mind set !
Aug 23, 2019 added it
This was the 2nd time reading it. I read it aloud to my wife.

First time read was 10/5/16
Jared Young
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
There were some good principles, but there was a great number of things I did not agree with.
Andrew Njoo
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kick in the face. Kick in the teeth. Kick in the gut. General psychological violence. Really makes you evaluate your victim mentality.
Deanna King
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just LOVE this book !
I found it when I really needed it.
For me, I couldn't get enough of this book !
He tells it like it is.
Awesome !
Amy VanHym
Dec 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"You are here because you need to be here." -- the preface

I am here because I picked this book up in untouched condition for about a nickel at a library book sale because the title was funny, and I won't be here for very long. The prose blathers along repetitively at an early elementary school reading level. The content is padded with lengthy yet empty attempts at creating a conversational tone, and the 'wisdom' is unbelievably juvenile. This book reads like it was written for a child, or a
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Barry Davis
Apr 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, self-help
Also posted on my blog at The Humble Book Nerd:

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!
Amber Ray
Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Shelves: ms, 2015

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,
Nov 06, 2009 rated it it was ok

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! ;)


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
Aug 01, 2008 rated it liked it
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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
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
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
Jan 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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Larry Winget is a motivational speaker and writer on the topics of money, personal success and business.
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