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Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life: A Kick-Butt Approach to a Better Life, 2nd Edition, Revised and Updated

ISBN: 978-1-118-02451-5
272 pages
August 2011
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Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life was immediately hailed as "not your average self-help book" and demanded attention and praise right out of the gate. It is now considered one of the icons of the personal development movement. Now, Larry Winget is back with his signature caustic, no-nonsense, hilarious style, which earned him the titles "Pitbull of Personal Development" and "World's Only Irritational Speaker." Winget's "get off your butt and go to work" approach to self-improvement boils success down to a simple formula: Everything in your life gets better when you get better.
  • Get tangible advice from one of the world's most successful speakers and the author of five bestselling books and television personality.
  • Learn the keys to turning your life, money and business around.
  • Stop making excuses, stop blaming others and take responsibility for your life and your results

The brutal advice he offers has changed the lives of millions of people and increased sales for countless businesses. In this Second Edition of Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life, Winget takes the same principles and expands the lessons with brand new examples, stories, and added wisdom. It may sound ruthless, but your life is your own fault and if you shut up, stop whining, and take action you can create a better life.

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Preface ix

Acknowledgments xv

About the Author xvii

Introduction xix

Chapter One. Shut Up! 1

Chapter Two. Stop Whining! 9

Chapter Three. Get a Life! 19

Chapter Four. Live by Design, Not by Default 29

Chapter Five. Slaughtering the Sacred Self-Help Cows 47

Chapter Six. The Enjoyment Factor 69

Chapter Seven. Your Beliefs Determine Your Results 77

Chapter Eight. Fitness, Fatness, and More 85

Chapter Nine. Everyone Screws Up 99

Chapter Ten. Get Smarter 105

Chapter Eleven. Money Rules! 113

Chapter Twelve. Relationships—Friendship, Marriage, and Other Calamities 135

Chapter Thirteen. Kids Are a Pain in the Butt 167

Chapter Fourteen. Sex: Gotta Love It 177

Chapter Fifteen. Criticism Happens 181

Chapter Sixteen. Sometimes Work Is Just Plain Work 193

Chapter Seventeen. You Are Out of Time 205

Chapter Eighteen. Change—Get Used to It 211

Chapter Nineteen. Hot Topics 215

Chapter Twenty. What’s Really Important? 231

Chapter Twenty-One. Hard Lessons to Learn 235

Chapter Twenty-Two. The Test for Success 239

Chapter Twenty-Three. A Final Thought 243

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LARRY WINGET, also known as "The Pitbull of Personal Development®," is a television personality and one of the top speaking professionals in the country today. He is the author of five bestselling books with in-your-face titles like It's Called Work for a Reason!; You're Broke Because You Want to Be; People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It!; and Your Kids Are Your Own Fault. Larry teaches universal principles that work for anyone, in any business, at any time, and does it through simple examples and actionable ideas. For more information, please visit www.larrywinget.com.
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July 27, 2011
Larry Winget Toughens Up Second Edition of Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life

The first edition of Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life was immediately hailed as "not your average self-help book" and demanded attention and praise right out of the gate. It is now considered one of the icons of the personal development movement. Now, Larry Winget is back with his signature caustic, no-nonsense, hilarious style with a second edition of this national bestseller.

In Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life: A Kick-Butt Approach to a Better Life 2nd Edition, Revised and Updated (Wiley; Paperback and eBook; August 2011; $18.95; 978-1-118-02451-5) Winget expands on the same principles and toughens up the lessons he originally put forth using brand new examples, stories, and the wisdom he’s gained as a media personality and self-help expert over the past 20 years.

“The things I talk about in this book are the result of thousands of hours spent reading thousands of books, and many years of gaining personal experience by living life the hard way – by screwing up and, every once in a doing things right as well,” says Winget.

In Larry Winget’s characteristic blunt style, Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life 2nd Edition, takes an in-your-face approach that forces readers to get off their butts and really change their lives. Winget’s goal is to offer readers some truths that will change their prospective, make them think, and alter their results.

The book boils success down to a simple formula that is broken down into three parts:

  • Shut Up!: Chances are you are talking too much and need to listen
  • Stop Whining!: Wallowing in your problems doesn't fix your problems so stop complaining, blaming, griping, moaning and groaning, and take responsibility for your life
  • Get a Life!: Create the life you want by living by design and not by default. Make a decision, create a plan and then go to work to that plan come to life

“People buy into all of this happy self-help crap because the people sound good, and they make you feel good. The problem is, they don’t produce many tangible results. Then folks get frustrated and disillusioned and end up abandoning their pursuits of being more, doing more, and having more,” says Winget.

He encourages readers to look at their lives in a new light by:

  • Realizing your life is your own fault
  • Taking responsibility for it
  • Learning what you need to fix
  • Taking action on what you’ve learned
  • Knowing that hard work on the right things is the key to changing your results
  • Enjoying the results

“Business gets better when the people in the business get better; sales improve when salespeople improve; customer service improves when the people delivering it improve; and employees get better when their managers get better,” adds Winget. “In other words, everything in life gets better when you get better, and nothing gets better until you get better.”

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