4 out of 4 stars
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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".
If life stinks get your head outta your buts
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