4 out of 4 stars
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If life stinks get your head outta your buts by Mark L. Wodwiak presents the foundation for having a successful life. He approaches this in a manner unlike many of the self-help books that you will find on this topic. He does not mince his words. Instead, he gives it to the reader straight. The title alone is a clear indication of what will follow.
The first five chapters form the introduction to the intent of the book. Mr. Wodwiak explains his reasons why some people do not achieve the success they claim to seek. He expresses the importance of an open mind in being able and willing to accept new ideas. There is an emphasis on taking responsibility and working smarter to be successful. One thing he makes clear is, “yeah, but” is not an option. This author believes that the correct mindset and intention will cause a person to create success in their life. Anything less is their responsibility alone!
Following the introduction are three sections labeled; crawling, walking and running. Each chapter concluded with one or two points, suggestions or a question. The request for initials was a call to action and an opportunity to acknowledge what had just been absorbed.
I found the book both engaging and enlightening. The author describes his own experiences in a clear, concise fashion. There are a lot of positives about this book. He offers many examples to clarify his position on a particular topic and drive the point home.
I liked the fact that each chapter was short, focusing on a particular point that the author wished to make. The author suggests the importance of positive thinking and seeking out intelligent and successful people as a means to achieving success. The difference between an obligation and a responsibility was also an important point to understand. The quotes used in this book were positive, thought-provoking and added emphasis to what he was sharing. While some may perceive that Mr. Wodwiak used a blunt tone in his writing, I found he was quick to point out that they are not responsible for another person’s happiness and failure is a learning opportunity. One of my favorite quotes was, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Sir Winston Spencer-Churchill.
The author makes a point of explaining that success will mean something different to each person, whether it is a good career, money, fame, being a good parent, or being content with their life. There was little I could fault with this book other than one minor error. Perhaps, lying in bed making a to-do list for the next day may not be useful for some people, it might keep them awake. However, writing a list of tasks a little before ending the day could be useful for some. In this way, they could relax knowing these tasks will not be forgotten. For these reasons, I gave the book 4 out of 4 stars. I would recommend this book to young people and those wishing to find success in their own life.
If life stinks get your head outta your buts
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