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Review by CinWin -- If life stinks get your head outta y...

Post by CinWin » 27 Jun 2018, 14:22

[Following is a volunteer review of "If life stinks get your head outta your buts" by Mark L. Wdowiak.]
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While seemingly short in the number of pages, If Life Stinks, Get Your Head Outta Your But's: A No-Nonsense Guide to Happiness and Success by Mark L. Wdowiak is long in the amount of wisdom provided. It is written in the method of tough love. There will be no coddling or hand-holding in Mark's guide to success. He firmly believes that the only person responsible for both success and failure is you. One cannot blame anyone or anything else and no excuses are allowed. This self-help book is comprised of thirty-two chapters with discussion in three specific areas.

Area One is Crawling. It concentrates on taking responsibility for yourself and your actions. He says that what one focuses on will manifest in your life. Take the focus off your weaknesses and concentrate on your strengths.

Area Two deals with Walking. It is where you take control over your thinking, feelings and emotions. Mark states, "You will be successful if you are willing, able, committed and prepared".

Area Three is Running. Here we learn how to take action on our behalf. The author believes that "all you need to do is to increase your current knowledge and sense of awareness, improve your thinking, behaving, decision making and then take action".

I have read a lot of self-help books on how to be successful and happy, from Tony Robbins to Wayne Dyer, but this book takes a new twist to the standard philosophy they all claim. Mark is very adamant in his belief that you are responsible for everything. You create your life and everything that is happening - good and bad. Only you can change your life into what you want it to be. He is also very "no-nonsense", as the title states, in his teaching approach. Like they used to say in the '80's, "He spits the real". The number one fundamental philosophy is not to ever make excuses. In other words, no "buts" are allowed in Mark's worldview. I found all of these aspects in If Life Stinks, Get Your Head Outta Your But's very refreshing. Also, there were no grammatical errors so I believe it was professionally edited.

The only strange part was at the end of each chapter. He had a place where you were to initial. I thought it a bit counterintuitive since it is an e-book and you really cannot write in it as you could a paper book. Also, instead of the occasional "interesting facts" he inserts at random places, I would have liked to have seen a summation of each of the three areas. This could be in the form of activities to do, or just thoughts to ponder. Except for these two items, the book was a plethora of wisdom and basic common sense. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. Anyone, at any age, with the desire to improve themselves would enjoy and benefit from reading this thought-provoking book.

As Mark Wdowiak says, "Success is not a destination, it is a continuous journey".

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Post by Espie » 18 Feb 2019, 17:53

Mark is very adamant in his belief that you are responsible for everything.
His words are wise indeed, and yet it's easier to forget the essence behind them. It's more convenient others, the traffic, inflation, the "world order," the stars or just about anyone or anything except ourselves or what we do. That would be fine in a way if the thought could help us be and do better; it isn't, though, if such causes undue disadvantage to others as a result.

Thank you for your insightful review.
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"To err is human; to forgive, divine."-Alexander Pope
"Put GOD first; He'll bless your efforts with success."-Proverbs

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Post by shereads shereads » 19 Feb 2019, 15:48

Nice review! I would be interested to read this and see if I agree with the premise. I can’t help but assume that the author has come from a background of privilege.

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Post by Lunastella » 19 Feb 2019, 18:31

This approach can be refreshing and tough love is sometimes necessary. I'm not sure it would work for everybody, let's say, for example, a person with depression and a tendency to self-blame, or an abuse victim would probably not be benefited by this approach. But, in general, I think it can work. I'm not much of a self-help reader but I found your review interesting. Thank you.

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Post by BelleReadsNietzsche » 19 Feb 2019, 20:21

Lunastella wrote: ↑
19 Feb 2019, 18:31
This approach can be refreshing and tough love is sometimes necessary. I'm not sure it would work for everybody, let's say, for example, a person with depression and a tendency to self-blame, or an abuse victim would probably not be benefited by this approach. But, in general, I think it can work. I'm not much of a self-help reader but I found your review interesting. Thank you.

I think this is well-said. (I am a self-help reader though. :) ) I especially like that the author tells his audience to focus on their strengths more than their weaknesses, however; I've found that when we focus too much on weaknesses, we aren't able to harness are strengths or work around those weaknesses as well. I kinda like that his different sections are "crawling," then "walking," then "running." Thanks for the balanced and thoughtful review!
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Post by skindrukas » 21 Feb 2019, 10:01

I've read few other reviews on this book a while ago and none of them truly touched me. I must admit I don't believe in self-help books. I enjoy reading them sometimes, but for some reason it seems I forget it all as soon as I close the back cover. Your review, on the other hand, made me realize I'm trying to run while in the crawling stage and made me curious about the book. Thank you for the unexpected lesson!
The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers. --- Matsuo Basho

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