4 out of 4 stars
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The author begins this book by postulating that you will not advance successfully in life if your consistent response to opportunities is always "Yeah, but". He stresses the importance of whom you choose to associate with and the activities that you choose to fill your time with. The author argues that these choices will have a definitive influence on the outcome of your life.
Wdowiak references an instance where a successful businessman handed him a set of Zig Ziglar's See You at the Top audiocassettes. This friend also invited Wdowiak to attend a social gathering with some of his own peers, to see the theory of "osmosis by association" in action. The author credits both of these events as leading to an "awakening" in his life.
I give If Life Stinks, Get Your Head Otta Your Buts by Mark L. Wdowiak 4 out of 4 stars, as I found it to be quite engaging and informative. The author's style of writing was entertaining and even humorous. He refers to "the dreaded six-letter curse words that we all want to avoid: decide, commit, and effort". Additionally, I found the title of the book to be clever and to perfectly summarize the thought process behind his writing of this book.
The book appeared to have been well-edited. The single error that I did find was certainly not enough to detract from my enjoyment of reading this book.
I think that this book should definitely appeal to anyone interested in self-improvement. As the author states, "This book is not for everyone, but it is for you". While he presents several self-help nuggets that you have probably read or heard before, the author also offers additional words of wisdom and gives specific examples of addressing these in his own life. He even refers to himself as the "valedictorian from the School of Hard Knocks". I found this book to be exceptionally flawless. Anyone with zero interest in self-improvement might not find this book as appealing as I did.
The author also includes helpful and thought-provoking questions at the end of some of the chapters. These points would certainly be beneficial to a single reader as well as a group of people reading this book for the purpose of discussion. At one point, the author quotes from The Bible, stating "To whom much has been given, much shall be required". With this call to action in mind, I am curious what readers will require of themselves once they are armed with the information provided in this book.
If Life Stinks, Get Your Head Outta Your But's
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