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People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It!: The…

People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It!: The 10 Ways You Are Sabotaging…

by Larry Winget

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Larry Winget’s book “People are Idiots and I can Prove it” focuses on ten ways you are sabotaging yourself and shows you how to work to overcome those ways. He says that people are sabotaging themselves in these ways: people are ignorant; people are stupid; people are lazy; people don’t give a damn; people lack vision; people have low expectations; people don’t recognize the consequences of their actions; people have bad habits; people have poor role models; and people have no plan. Along with giving advice on how to stop sabotaging yourself, Winget also talks about and leaves space throughout the book to make lists on things like how to take responsibility; how to save money; how to be a better person; how to be healthier; how to deal with jerks; how to make a better world; and much more.

As the title “People are Idiots and I can Prove it” indicates, Winget’s book isn’t for everyone, something he points out early on in the book. He’s a tough talker and won’t take excuses from anyone, including himself. He also says early on that everything he says is not news; he is just presenting it in a different way. Personally, I like his no-nonsense style as he forces people to take a good look at themselves. He’s not offering a miracle cure, but wants you to look within yourself for answers. As he says, he wants to show you “a” way to be more successful, not “the” way. His style is blunt and harsh at times, but he is upfront with the fact that he is as hard on himself as he is on other people. He stops throughout the book to have people create lists based on what he has written about – something I found very helpful. If I have any gripes about this book it’s the fact that Winget frequently references other books he has written – I could do without the constant sales pitch.

“People are Idiots and I can Prove it” is a blunt book and may not be for everyone’s taste, but I did learn some things from it, which is what I’m looking for in a self-help book. ( )
  drebbles | Jan 21, 2009 |
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The Pitbull of Personal Development and "New York Times"-bestselling author of "You're Broke Because You Want to Be" is back with advice on the dumb things people do to sabotage their success.

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