4 out of 4 stars
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[The following is a Review of If Life Stinks, Get Your Head Out of Your Buts: A No-Nonsense Guide to Happiness and Success by Mark L. Wdowiak]
As with most self-help books, the author’s overall approach is to encourage and inspire you to become a better you. That being said, the author (Mark) uses more of a soft “tough love” feel to get your attention and shake you out of your current way of thinking. The book is broken down into four parts: the initial concept, taking responsibility for yourself, taking control of your thinking, and taking action. Mark shows how to apply these ideas to achieve success in all aspects of life, whether it’s money, relationships, etc.
I will admit that none of the information presented is new in and of itself. We’ve all heard “live up to your potential” or variations of this thought. However, I enjoyed that Mark puts more emphasis on how you can take control of your destiny. It’s up to you to become wealthy, to have wonderful friendships, and to choose happiness.
Much of the concepts feel a little repetitive at first, but this is common in the self-help genre. As I read the book, the more I heard variations on “choose success”, the more I started to put it together in my mind. Mark uses personal experiences to great effect to illustrate his tough love message. His personal stories run throughout the book to show how to take charge and meet even life’s unexpected challenges with success.
At first, I didn’t like the concept of “you create your reality”, but as I read on, I realized that how I perceive my past, present, and future goals affect my satisfaction with where I am in life and my hopes for the future. It doesn’t send me to an alternate reality like a science fiction novel, but it does cloud my judgment about current opportunities and blessings.
What I liked most was how matter of fact Mark was while still being positive and uplifting. Yes, he tells you that your happiness and success is 100% your responsibility, but he also shows you that you can do it. You can do it because you’re already great, you just have to apply yourself. You won’t be successful without effort, but you can do it!
Overall, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. Anybody could take these concepts and use them to start pursuing success in whatever areas of life they want to achieve it. Mark’s “Buts” book is easy to read and easy to apply step by step.
If life stinks get your head outta your buts
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