A Review of “People Are Idiots” by Larry Winget (and GIVEAWAY)

January 5, 2009

People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It!: The 10 Ways You Are Sabotaging Yourself and How You Can Overcome Them*

I love the title and cover of this book! That said, DON’T LET THE TITLE FOOL YOU…this is a VERY positive book!

For those of you not familiar with Larry Winget’s work, he’s known as The Pitbull of Personal Development. That should tell you something about his style. Larry tells it like he sees it. He has no tolerance for stupidity and refuses to sugarcoat his medicine. Personally, I think this is EXACTLY what people need! I almost always find myself nodding in agreement as I read Larry’s books—”People Are Idiots” is no exception!

Larry opens the book with examples showing why he thinks people are idiots. He breaks down his examples in categories such as health, parenting, finance, etc. Some of my favorites:

“Americans spend $33 billion annually on weight-loss products and services. Wouldn’t it be a lot chaper to just eat less and go for a walk? People complain that they have no money—I could save society $33 billion a year in this area alone.”

“People say they want good public schools for their kids. Yet only a small percentage of parents belong to or attend PTA meetings or go to parent-teacher conferences.”

…and my ultimate favorite:

People sign contracts with credit companies, agreeing to pay their bill on a certain date. While the print is small, the rules and regulations are clearly laid out in black and white—all you have to do is read them. Then people don’t make their payments on time and don’t pay the minimum amount as they agreed (probably because they spent their money at the mall or eating out). Why are these people surprised when their interest rate goes up and the company reports their late payment to the credit bureaus and their credit score goes down?”

In the second chapter, he lists ten reasons why people are idiots and tells the reader to confess how they qualify for each one (yes, I did the exercise!):

People are ignorant.
People are stupid.
People are lazy.
People don’t give a damn.
People lack vision.
People have low expectations.
People don’t recognize the consequences of their actions.
People have bad habits.
People have poor role models.
People have no plan.

Chapter 3 begins the “idiot healing process” through recognition, education, and application.

The Second Section of the book contains what Larry calls “Idiot Fixes,” which are lists…lots and lots of lists. I like lists. Larry has a list for everything! There’s a list on how to take responsibility, how to set and achieve goals, how to be smarter, how to make great conversation, how to manage time better, how to solve problems, how to be a better communicator, and lots of other lists.

There’s even a list for how to dress better. His fashion tips for men cracked me up—especially his thoughts on shoes:

“Shoes should always be shined. Loafers never go with a suit. Penny loafers don’t really go with anything, Fonzie. And in my personal opinion, tassel loafers work only when you want everyone to consider you a pretentious goober named Biff.”

Dang! I have a pair of penny loafers on at this very moment (and I own and wear tassel loafers too)! I think they look nice. To each his own, I guess.

Anyway, despite his fashion advice, this is his best book yet. Everyone—both idiots and non-idiots—will benefit from reading (and APPLYING) this book.

Larry was also kind enough to send me an extra signed copy of his book to give away. So, if you’re interested, please leave a comment below and I’ll randomly-select a winner on Wednesday, January 7. Just remember my two rules:

1. You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada (I won’t ship internationally).

2. You can only enter once.

Related

LarryWinget.com – Larry’s website

10 Questions for Larry Winget – An interview with Larry

Larry Winget on the Housing Crisis – An interesting interview I did with Larry last spring

A Reveiw of “Shut up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life”

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138 responses to A Review of “People Are Idiots” by Larry Winget (and GIVEAWAY)

  1. I look forward to winning!!

  2. I would love to read the book!

  3. I might as well throw my hat into this one as well

  4. Winget cracks me up! I’m entering as well!

  5. great blog

  6. Here’s my entry! Here’s hoping!

  7. This sounds very interesting, thanks.

  8. Here’s wishing for the book. BTW, I don’t think I have ever worn penny loafers or tassel loafers in my 54 years. On the other hand, I went through four years of college wearing hiking boots, so go figure.

  9. Sounds like a great book. I’d love to read it!

  10. Sounds like a great read thanks for offering it to us.

  11. Another good book for 2009. Sign me up.

  12. Worth a try I guess!

  13. I’ve been meaning to read one of his books. My site started getting hits from Google for a term “Don’t be Broke” and I found Larry’s site while looking to see what the hubub was about. Sounds like my kinda guy!

  14. Put me in the drawing…thanks.

  15. Thanks JLP!

  16. I’m a Winget fan – I’m in!

  17. I need this book, I’m wearing loafers with tassles right now. Where did I put my scissors………

  18. Never read any of his stuff. Looks like a good place to start!

  19. Looks like a good read thanks for the offering.

  20. Daily reader of your blog. This book has potential. I may go try to find a copy at the library if I don’t win.

  21. I have been a regular reader of your website. This book seems to be extremely interesting.
    I have not read any of Larry’s books but this looks like a wonderful book to start 2009 with

    To all the viewers of this website Wish you a happy 2009

  22. would love to read the book.

  23. Familyfinanceguy January 6, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Entered.

  24. Sure, I need to pull my head out of my . . .

  25. Thanks for the opportunity.

  26. I have not read any of Larry’s book’s or articles. This book looks to be a nice place to begin the new year with.

    Thank you for offering it to us.

    Here is wishing all the readers a happy new year 2009

  27. This sounds like a fun book to read!

  28. Perfect, I was looking for more good books to read as part of my whole new year’s thing.

  29. I’m in!

  30. Please enter me in the contest. The book looks very interesting!

  31. Wow, not exactly a warm and fuzzy guy, is he? By the way, your feed is working again – yeah!

  32. dont wanna be the village idiot!

  33. Just started reading your blog, and looking forward to many more good posts from you. I’ve read a good amount of finance books, but none by Larry Winget… This sounds like a good one to add to my reading list.

  34. Count me in please

  35. I want to read the book.

  36. Heh, looks like AFM giveaways are getting more popular. Please add my name to the hat 🙂

  37. Looks like an interesting book. I would like to read it.

  38. Look like a good read, hope the comments are working again.