2 out of 4 stars
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Are you tired of being unsuccessful? Well, If Life Stinks, Get Your Head Outta Your But’s by Mark L. Wdowiak helps you navigate through your life by giving you no-nonsense, tips and tricks to becoming a more productive and successful you. At least, that’s what it tries to do.
I have to say that this book is a little preachy and a lot cliché. Honestly, it reminded me of why I don’t like reading self-help books because they tell me things that I already practice in my everyday life. What got my goat, so to speak, was the fact that the writer blames you for your situation. While I agree with him in most cases, he doesn’t take into account that some things are just out of your control like chronic illness, cancer, etc. Yes, you are the master of your fate, but sometimes fate throws you a curve ball that puts everything on hold. That’s just life, and it’s not taken seriously in this book. Another thing that I didn’t like was the fact that the author lessens your struggle because someone always “has it worse” or “has been through the same thing as you.” Although I understand that, it makes it sound like the things you go through, don't matter, which is not true in the least.
Even though Mark L. Wdowiak does say a lot of his tips and tricks in a very straightforward way, some of what is written is pretentious and repetitive. I don’t know how many times I rolled my eyes when the words, “you are responsible for yourself” showed up. It felt like the book was just one long tangent, and when it wasn’t being monotonous, the author inserted his own experiences and forced the reader to live his life with him. I understand that he was trying to use examples for a purpose, but sometimes the stories just seemed out of place in the midst of all the “good advice.”
What I like about the book is that it’s very blunt in the delivery of the “advice” and explains everything in an easy manner. However, there are a few grammatical things that just put me off even more. Using words like “waaay,” and symbols for the cursing, made me feel as though this was geared towards children instead of adults. Besides that, and a few extra words and added parentheses where they’re not needed, the grammar isn’t too bad.
In my opinion (which doesn’t matter in Mr. Wdowiak’s eyes), this book is 2 out of 4, and I can only recommend it to people who know they lack common sense. I was looking forward to learning new things, but in the end, If Life Stinks, Get Your Head Outta Your But’s just winds up being the same as any other self-help book out there. Filled with things I already know, and a little bit useless.
If life stinks get your head outta your buts
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