A Review of “SHUT UP, STOP WHINING & GET A LIFE” by Larry Winget

July 3, 2007

SHUT UP, STOP WHINING & GET A LIFE!

That’s a phrase I have uttered to myself on numerous occasions (usually when I’m watching the news or Oprah Winfrey). It seems as though we have become a nation of victims. It’s much easier for us to point the finger at everyone else for our problems rather than ‘fess up and take responsibility for ourselves. In order to do that, some people need a kick in the pants, and that’s exactly what Larry Winget offers in SHUT UP, STOP WHINING & GET A LIFEA Kick-Butt Approach to a Better LifeAffiliate Link.

I will say that Larry’s style spoke to me from the very beginning of the book. In fact, I found myself smiling when I read this portion in the “Before You Start” section of the book:

If you are going to use quotes from this book either in your own writing or speaking or if you want to share what I have said in this book with others, then remember: I said this stuff. Give me credit. If I did not say it, then I have given credit to the person who did. I fyou quote them, give them credit. If you write a book and I quote you, then I will give you credit. Is that a deal?

Do not share this book. If you think it is good enough you want your friend to read it, then buy her a copy. By the time you finish the book it should be marked up and written in anyway, and that will make it too personal to share with anyone else. Besides it is just tacky to give someone a used book that has been written in. If you think you are going to loan your book to someone who should read it, expecting to have it returned, then you are truly naive. (Besides, how am I going to make any money if you give away you book? Buy another one or two or even a case to share with those who need to shut up and stop whining.)

That part cracked me up. I learned from reading this book that you can always count on Larry to tell you EXACTLY how he feels and what he believes in. Whether you believe the same way or not, it doesn’t matter to Larry so SHUT UP AND STOP WHINING ABOUT IT!

However, since this is a book review, I owe it to you to tell you what I thought about the book. I will state right here and now that I don’t agree with some of the things Larry says. For instance, I don’t necessarily agree with his thoughts on God, divorce, and kids and sex. In fact, those topics seemed out of place in this particular book.

Still, even with my dislikes, I found a lot to like about this book. For instance, here’s Larry’s three reasons why people are not successful:

1. They are stupid.

2. They are lazy.

3. They don’t give a damn.

How’s that for honest? Whether or not you like Larry’s assessment, the fact remains that lots of people aren’t successful and one of the reasons above is probably the source of their lack of success. Fortunately, there’s hope for most people. For instance, you are stupid, then educate yourself. If you are lazy, then get off your butt. If you don’t give a damn, then start giving a damn. F0r most people, the solutions are simple.

If you don’t like harsh, then don’t read this book. If you don’t like feeling like someone is yelling at you while you are reading, then don’t read this book. If you don’t mind that kind of stuff or you are in the mood for a different kind of motivational book, then SHUT UP, STOP WHINING and buy SHUT UP, STOP WHINING & GET A LIFEA Kick-Butt Approach to a Better LifeAffiliate Link.

Related:

Larry’s Website
Larry’s Blog

20 responses to A Review of “SHUT UP, STOP WHINING & GET A LIFE” by Larry Winget

  1. I guess that means I have to buy my own copy!

  2. hmm this is definately going on my wishlist 🙂

  3. I’m going to check this book out from the library, just to spite the author 😀

  4. Egad. Stupid means unintelligent, not uneducated. You can’t educate yourself out of being stupid. And why should someone who doesn’t give a damn have to start giving a damn? Because YOU want them to? The whole point is that they are not “successful” (whatever that means) and don’t care. Let them be unsuccessful and content with it. In fact, I’m not even sure dealing with the lazy part is that simple. If someone is inherently lazy, telling him to get off his but is as constructive as telling someone who is sick to “just get healthy.”

  5. WearyTraveler July 3, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    Well, I know that many of the things that just “don’t go my way” are truly because I’m either too lazy to follow through of they’re, in my parlance, they weren’t important enough for me (attitude). I know that a lot of things also go awry because I’m ignorant of details and facts that I should know (see the first two). So I guess that Larry’s hit the nail pretty much on the head for the things that I LET got wrong. I don’t blame anyone but myself. I’m doing well financially, employment-wise and personal life. However, if I tried harder or put myself more fully into the matter at hand, I’m sure that I’d be more successful in those things that have eluded me.

  6. I guess that also means no book giveaway from this review? =)

  7. Nah, I’ll do a giveaway. I just haven’t bought any books yet.

  8. Why are the working poor not successful? Where I work, most of us work hard and we have four college graduates earning minimum wage.

  9. I have to say that I am generally unimpressed with Winget. I’ve browsed his books at the bookstore and checked out the web-site. His approach seems about as useful as RK – meaning not very. He’s so simplistic as to be practically useless.

    Again, like RK, this comes under the heading of personal finance entertainment.

  10. i think the title says it all pretty well. a whole book on that theme would get redundant by about mid first page.

  11. The biggest single contributor to “success” is socioeconomic status of your family.

    Sounds like an easy fix…

  12. Sounds like it would be interesting to read this book in tandem with “Nickel and Dimed.” That could be an interesting study in contrasts. Is it possible that Winget is conveniently blaming the victim, here?

  13. You know, I would say I need to read this, but I pretty much feel that way about a lot of people already. I’m sure there are some good things about it though.

    I’m going to look for it a used book store! 😉

  14. I think this book is speaking to people who whine a lot and blame everything except themselves for their pitiful life. Poor, poor pitiful me attitude, I am such a victim. He believes most of what people are not happy about “can be changed” and he gives straight forward ways of doing that. Basically if you don’t like your life, get off you butt and change it. You created the one you have. And he really encourages you to do that and shows you how. He is brutally truthful at times, but it works and if also funny at times. He also says since it doesn’t cost much to try some of his techniques and if they don’t work for you and you still want to work on “your stuff”, read other books until you find something that does work for you. He does not sugar coat what he says because he wants it very clear how he feels and how much he believes almost everyone can make their lives better if they really want to. But you can’t be timid. Take charge of your life and quite blaming the world for what you don’t have. Sounds like a lot of you are still looking for the easy answers to have a truly great life and aren’t even willing to risk $20.00 to try and change it. I am almost done with it and it is the best book I have read on changing your ways and getting what you want out of life.

  15. tahnkz Larry,,,u change my life!

  16. very inspiring book ! better that many conventional motivational books out there !!!

  17. # Rob Says:
    July 3rd, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    Egad. Stupid means unintelligent, not uneducated. You can’t educate yourself out of being stupid. And why should someone who doesn’t give a damn have to start giving a damn? Because YOU want them to? The whole point is that they are not “successful” (whatever that means) and don’t care. Let them be unsuccessful and content with it. In fact, I’m not even sure dealing with the lazy part is that simple. If someone is inherently lazy, telling him to get off his but is as constructive as telling someone who is sick to “just get healthy.”

    “when you read more and be better educated , you will be less unintelligent !! “

  18. I agree with rob. I’ve also noticed here and elsewhere that people who read this book and liked it talk about how “you” (other people) need to change instead of reflecting how they needed to change.

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