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It's Called Work for a Reason!: Your Success Is Your Own Damn Fault [Paperback]

Larry Winget
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Book Description

Jan. 1 2008

New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Larry Wignet offers sharp, unapologetic—and invaluable—advice for succeeding in the work world

For all those who are frustrated at work, who seem to have no luck in business, who are underappreciated at the office, who are uninspired by their daily tasks, who just aren’t finding the career success they desire, Larry Winget is ready to share his wisdom:

It’s called work for a reason.

It's time for a swift kick in the pants from The Pitbull of Personal Development®, Larry Winget. Studies say that we actually work only half the time we are on the job. So then whose fault is it when we don’t get the results we want? Stop making excuses for your lack of success and stop acting like someone owes you a living.  Larry is here to ruffle your feathers and show you how to take responsibility for your results. Whether you punch a clock, own your own business, or manage other people, Larry's advice will work for you.

Find out why:

  • Success is simple
  • Teamwork doesn't work
  • Our co-workers are really only "co-goers"
  • Results are everything
  • You don't have to love your job (but it helps!)

Remember the work ethic of your parents and grandparents and make yourself worth more than you cost. That's the way to get ahead, and there's no big secret that will get you there quicker.

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With a writing style best described as full-throttle rant, the host of the A&E reality show Big Spender reveals the naked truth about careers, the employer/employee relationship, management skills, productivity and pay. Declaring at the outset that "there will be parts of this book you won't like," while daring readers to continue, Winget (Shut Up, Stop Whining & Get a Life) sets a high threshold for delivering a likable, useful book that will educate and promote behavioral changes. Yet he delivers. His brutal frankness about what's wrong with how businesses—big and small—operate offers a refreshing contrast to other career counseling and management books—even the gray area of ethics is delivered in black and white. In a section titled "What Happened to You?" he reminds readers of what it means to accept a job: "No work—no pay. No work—no job." Companies, as he repeatedly stresses, exist to make a profit, not to make their employees happy or feel fulfilled. Winget's advice is solid: delivering results is the most fulfilling career move one can make. (Jan.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


“Larry Winget simultaneously takes on everyone from smart-ass employees and motivational speakers to bad service, bad salespeople and bad bosses. It's not a fair fight. Winget has an unfair advantage - he tells the truth and doesn't give a damn if you like it or not. But like it or hate it, Larry will challenge you to be as amazing as you know you are.”
—Joe Calloway, author of Work Like You're Showing Off!
“Thin skinned? No sense of humor? Don't read this book! I warned you. On the other hand, if you want to read a book that cuts through the normal fluff and challenges you personally, then pay attention: Larry Winget will irritate you to be a better employee and a better person.”
—Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE, President, Sanborn & Associates, Inc., author of The Fred Factor
“Winget sets a high threshold for delivering a likeable, useful book that will educate and promote behavioral changes.  He delivers…Winget’s advice is solid: delivering results is the most fulfilling career move one can make.”
Publishers Weekly

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to Larry Winget Sept. 4 2014
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A must read. I have recommended to my kids. Now they are big fans of Larry. Also recommended to all my managers at work. The ones with highest standards embrace it. Others....not so much. There is very little shades of grey here
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5.0 out of 5 stars Larry does it again! March 15 2013
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Although I don't always agree with everything Larry says. I really enjoy his books. To the point, blunt and effective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to basics. Jan. 10 2010
I have read every one of Larry Winget's books. His common sense approach to life is refreshing. Unfortunately is it also lacking in today's workplace, with the "what's in it for me" attitude being the norm. Companies exist for one reason, and one reason only, to make a profit. Either you are an asset to your employer or you are a liability. Thank you Larry for telling it like it is. Follow his advise and you will be far ahead of your co-workers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you can't handle the truth, don't bother buying it. Jan. 17 2007
By Robert L. Stinnett - Published on
I debated for a long time whether to give this book 2 stars or 5. Normally, it wouldn't be an issue -- I mean, you either like a book or you don't. The problem with this book was that I loved certain parts of it, and other parts I questioned. However, in the end I decided to give it 5 stars for one simple reason.... the author tells the truth, and sometimes the truth isn't what you want to hear.

To be fair, in the very beginning the author will tell you that you will like certain parts of this book and hate other parts. But believe me when I tell you this -- the parts you like, you will love with a passion. Honestly, I have never read a business book as good as this one. It was an impulse buy at the airport while waiting for a flight and believe me, it was the best buy I ever made.

The author does a terrific job of basically telling it like it is -- work is WORK. It is not play time, it is not social hour and it is not time for doing your personal errands. He points out why our workplaces are overloaded with people who do nothing but pull the entire performance of the company down. People who should be fired, but management doesn't have the guts to do it. He also does a 180 and goes on to say that there are also companies out there who treat their employees like they are nothing -- that they think low pay and dissrespect is a wonderful way to keep those employees in their chairs and thankful to have a job.

That's part of the love/hate relationship with this book. He examines both sides of the business coin. Both the employee and the company. And when he does it he doesn't hold back any punches!

One part I particularly enjoyed was his whole take on this "team" nonsense. I'm sure you've read plenty of books about the precious team and how we all must "get along" and "work together". Well he flat out says that teamwork doesn't do anything but let the slackers hide amongst the group while bringing down productivity. Individuals wants recognition when they do something -- and a true superstar does not want to share that with anyone. They did it, they deserve the credit, not the other bunch of people who did nothing but call useless meetings to discuss the same items over and over again.

The same goes with another example he gives of superstars. Who cares if they come in at 9AM and leave at 10AM? If they are doing 4x the work of everyone else then they have EARNED it! As an employer learn that superstars work by their own rules and tell the complainers who have a problem with it that when they start doing 4x the work of everyone else then they can talk -- but until then sit down, shut up and get to WORK!

If you are an employee... READ THIS BOOK!

If you are an employer... READ THIS BOOK!

If you are a CEO... READ THIS BOOK!

Read it, undertand what he is saying and then ACT! For the sake of the employees left who still are trying to be productive and get things done... ACT!
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent For Some; Not Very Good For Others Nov. 11 2008
By Taylor Rand - Published on
I also couldn't decide for a long-time whether a 5 star or 2 star rating was appropriate. Larry's blunt drill instructor caustic style really could be very USEFUL for those who've either forgotten, deliberately ignore or never learned the obvious truths Larry delivers. It would be too easy - although largely true - to say that Larry repeats himself, rarely uses one sentence when three will do, contradicts himself and frankly is a shameless self-promoter.

BUT if you're tired, depressed, discontented at work, his "snap out of it" truisms could get you moving positively: either doing your job better, enjoying it more or finding a better place of employment. And frankly, there are more than a few people out there who've never incorporated Larry's simple truths.

However, if you're relatively well-content in your job, doing it well, but looking for some solid non-intuitive tips to getting ahead, then this isn't your book. You'll see behind the "stop whining" bluster that other reviewers have already pointed out.

Larry's the king of the obvious, prince of the basics; but sometimes the basics are needed. If Larry had written a dating handbook, he'd tell you to shower more, wear clean clothes, stand up straight, etc. and talk to the girl. If he'd written a personal finance book, he'd tell you to spend less than you earn and have savings. If Larry were coaching baseball, he'd explain the rules and tell you to keep you eye on the ball.

Well, ok, Larry, but some of us need more help when stepping up to bat. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy or benefit from Wingate's opinions - it's far better to have tough love than to keep complaining alone or with others - but there's a lot more in earth and heaven than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading Jan. 23 2007
By John Chancellor - Published on
This is a well written, easy to read book that contains a wealth of great information. Larry's style is in your face, confrontational. And no doubt some of what he says will rub you the wrong way, most of it is right on target.

He starts with the basics. If you are looking to place fault, find a mirror. He has a lot of fun attacking many of the stupid things businesses do. He constantly tells us to stop and think about what we are doing and make sure the why we are doing it makes sense. Good advice for so many businesses we are all forced to deal with on a daily basis.

He tends to make broad general statements and then makes other statements that might not be in total agreement. For example, he says that you should fire any employee that is dishonest. We all know that there is no such thing as total honesty. (Remember Diogenes spent his life looking for the honest man.) There is degrees of dishonesty. Later in the book, under "Short Lessons" he tells us that "People will generally lie to protect themselves." This is a truth. What you really need to learn is that if you make it too expensive for anyone (spouse, child, employee) to tell the truth, they won't.

He also cites the oft told story of the three brick masons who were asked what they were doing (but he fails to properly credit the story to Sir Christopher Wren - the architect responsible for rebuilding St. Paul's in London). He finds fault with the third brick mason because he saw a higher purpose in his work. But he does tell us that the major job of a leader is to share the vision of the buisnes with all the employees.

All in all, it is really a good book with lots of sound advice. He does fill the book with very interesting stories and talks a lot about his personal life. His "Short Lessons" are worth reading and commiting to memory. Great obeservations on life.

Don't just read the book, study it, learn form it and then put the lessons into practice.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Book June 18 2008
By P. Monaghan - Published on
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The book is a good read, however it is focused towards individuals who have poor work ethic. Also, it seems that he repeats many concepts over and over. Many of the chapters seem to have the same exact concept as the one before, although it is titled and worded differently.

Good book for those lacking motivation at work. Of coarse, if they are lacking it at work, they probably won't be very motivated to read this book.

I do want to say that I have enjoyed his writings on other things, but this is defiantly the worst of his work.
22 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars lacking substance June 18 2007
By C. Coates - Published on
Pretty much common sense basic material. It is the 5 minute speech given by your father on your first day of college or the basketball coach before the big game. Sadly the content could fit in a well written 3 page magazine article, it definately does not need to be a book. I thought "Stop Whining" was interesting, but Winget's latest book is just a rehash and a needlessly winded one at that.
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