People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It!: The 10 Ways You Are Sabotaging Yourself and How You Can Overcome Them

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We talk a lot about the things we want.

I want more money.
I want a better relationship with my spouse.
I want good responsible kids.
I want a promotion.
I want to be healthy.
I want to be smarter.
I want to retire.
I want, I want, I want¡­

But do you know what people really want? They want what they¡¯ve got. It¡¯s a simple formula: You have what you want because your actions produced your results. Not your words and certainly not your wants.

In his signature caustic, yet loveable style, Larry dishes out straight talk on what he calls ¡°life¡¯s messes¡± and offers up his advice topped with a dollop of common sense. We all know that people do stupid things to sabotage their success, and we can all think of areas in our own lives where we are just plain being idiots! So here is what Larry is proposing: Recognize where you are being an idiot and then take action to stop being an idiot. He takes on business, family, health, being fat, being stupid, success, money, and more, and tells us step by step what we need to change. He tells us to take responsibility for our words and our wants and put them into action.

Why Larry? We have seen him do it as an expert on TV, coaching people on taking control of their money. We turn to him for business advice and kick-in-the- pants motivation. But why ask Larry for advice on things like relationships and parenting? Larry says the answers to most problems, whether personal or professional, go hand in hand. What it takes to be a great leader is what it takes to be a great parent. The principles it takes to be a good salesperson are the same principles it takes to get along with others. The principles of personal success are the same principles of business success and financial success.

This book is a little mirror you can hold up to your life to reflect back to you your areas of stupidity. A mirror that has a little action plan taped to the back of it. A little bit of business. A little bit of personal development. A little finance. A little parenting. A little health and wellness. And a whopping dose of common sense!

The Pitbull of Personal Development ? and New York Times bestselling author Larry Winget brings us advice on the dumb things we are doing to sabotage our success.

Larry Winget is back, and this time he¡¯s telling us that most people are idiots! And that seems harsh. But in fact this is Larry¡¯s most positive book yet because he believes that what people really want is to be told the truth. And usually the truth isn¡¯t pretty. When you have had it with hand holding and making excuses for why you are not doing as well as you could be doing, when you are ready to hear someone tell it to you like it is, tell you exactly what you are doing wrong and how to fix it, Larry is your man.

Do you have a plan for success? Why not? It¡¯s time to cut out the endless chatter about the things you want, the things you wish you had. It¡¯s time to stop wasting your time with excuses and explanations for why you aren¡¯t quite where you need to be. This book is the swift kick you need to cut out the bad habits that are keeping you from your goals. Figure out what you really want, not what you say you want, and get started on your action plan for success.

Customer Reviews:

  • This Book Is Dead On
    When I visited my favorite book store I kept seeing this mans book and thought, wow what a title. However, I decided it was time to see what he had to say. I bought the audio book so I can listen while at work and boy-oh-boy was I blown away. I loved everything thing he had to say that I listen to the book twice because there was some things I myself got a wake up call to. Larry mentioned many things that makes people do stupid things sue for their stupidity but he forgot it's the lawyers of this country that helped instill fear in people and have helped destroy this beautiful country.

    If you're like many who likes to be pet and sugar coated then this book is not for you. Larry truly tells it like it is.. ...more info
  • Finally, Someone Who Isn't Afraid To Tell it Like It Is
    No Politically Correct garbage here Larry straight out tells people to grow up and do what needs to be done to improve their lives. The moment I saw the title I knew I would enjoy this one. Larry says what I have been saying and thinking for years. People need to take responsibility for their own actions and clean up their own messes. I really like his action lists to help people get on track. One of the biggest problems people have (including myself) is lack of planning Larry explains. I realized I needed more complete plans than what I had in place to get quicker results. By completing the action lists I now have a clear direction of the next steps I need to take. I think this book can help a lot of people....more info
  • Larry hits another home run!
    Larry is really striking a nerve for me in this book! So I have to thank him, once again, for shaking me out of the norm into taking personal responsibility for everything I do and say. Here's the rub. Some people aren't going to like this message because they have to change. These whiners don't want to look at themselves from a real world point of view. I've been an idiot and don't want to go back and that is why I just LOVE the reminders and new ideas. I have fresh advice on how to make 2009 much better than 2008! I don't care what problems and troubles are happening in the world because I am in control. I know there are idiots out there. I am choosing not to be one! Read this book! It will give you a new view to old problems. Marsha...more info
  • Keep at work with you
    I have found this book to very interesting, I constantly look at the stupid things I am doing. I find myself questioning how I can do better, constant feedback is the breakfast of champions, it also reminds that most people you meet are idiots yet do not know it, having the ability to recognize this, I am able to deal with idiots in my workplace. I now keep it with me at work all the time. I have bits and pieces typed up and stuck to various areas of my work area....more info
  • People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It!: The 10 Ways You Are Sabotaging Yourself and How You Can Overcome Them
    Cruelly honest and hard-nosed. Goes for the throat and hits below the belt. Just what some people need (I did) to finally see the light through their fog of stupidity!...more info
  • What you can't Handle the Truth !!!
    Larry is right, most people fail in the life for the same reason ... LACK OF PLANNING .... PERIOD !! say the book is somewhat like his others but as I recall every time I go to church I here the same thing over and over again Right !!. Most people fail because they don't have a plan and Larry gives us the plan we need to go forward in life. The book has a lot of info its a great read if you want to invest into your future ... if you can't handle the truth then move out of the USA .... Were the Riches country in the world why is it that most of us fall at being Rich because were alway complaining about the Top 20% of the people who are Rich !!! ...more info
  • Hold Up a Mirror While Reading
    The title, People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It, stopped me in my tracks as I was browsing through the bookstore. My immediate thought was, "That's the greatest book title I've ever seen." When I realized the author was Larry Winget, my next thought was, "Wow, Larry's starting to go easy on us."

    I purchased the book to have a laugh about the idiotic things other people do and quickly became uncomfortable as I realized the book was written to and about me. I saw my own behaviors laid bare. Of course, Larry admits he's an idiot, too. We all are sometimes.

    I strongly recommend that you create the lists recommended throughout the book - they help to focus on which idiotic behaviors are causing you the most grief and what you need to do to turn those behaviors around. And Larry is right; we know exactly what we need to do.

    So, I'm and idiot - and Larry proved it. But at least I'm comforted by knowing that admitting it is the first step to improvement.

    Great book - buy it right now, or you're an......more info
  • Hello, My Name is Tommy and I Was An Idiot
    Nobody in this world WANTS to admit that they are an idiot, but it is the true admission that thrusts us forward, leaving a wake of vile and grotesque idiocy behind us.

    As people have said here, Larry is ALL about personal responsibility. What are YOU gonna do about your problems? It's usually not until we feel great pain that a much needed catharsis happens and Mr. Winget is kind of like your personal concierge of pain, if you will. He'll walk along your side, smash you in the head with a shovel several hundred times, and call you a dumbass until you're tired of being a dumbass and decide to do something about it.

    The drill instructor in the film Full Metal jacket was an acerbic hell of a man, and he said to his recruits, although you will hate me, you'll be better soldiers for it. I am definitely a better soldier since reading ALL of Winget's books and now, in an odd and bizarre little way, I love the guy.

    The few people who gave this book a low rating are the true idiot's that Larry is speaking of - eyes and ears closed tightly shut, insulated from any pain, hoping for someones else to bail their arses out of trouble.

    This book is outstanding. No fluff, no pats on the back, just tough love from a bald son of a biotch who irritated me to no end until I did something about it.

    Thank you Larry Winget.

    Former Idiot,
    - Tommy Z....more info
  • Made me think about stuff I knew and forgot
    Larry Winget writes early on in this book that (1) you may have heard these concepts before; (2) some of it you will agree with and some of it you won't ; and (3) his goal is to make you think regardless if you agree with him or not. This book does exactly what it says it will do. There were several times when I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cringe at being reminded of things I know I should do. It seems to me that a book that is honest in its goals, causes you to think and question what you believe is the truth, and pushes you to take responsibility for your own results is a very good book. Larry has written just such a book and done it with a sense of style that is refreshingly different....more info
  • Another gut slammer, Larry
    Larry's typical, no-holds barred style brings it home again!! Larry's advice is not new; Walt Kelley said it in his classic Pogo strip, "We have met the enemy and they (sic) are us". Later, R. Lee Ermey, USMC, Retired said it more succinctly, "You are the a#@hole in charge of your own destiny". What is new and refreshing is the timeliness of the book; it not only applies to us as individuals but as a country. Profligacy, sloth, lack of initiative and ambition are, in my opinion, the proximate causes of the disaster that we are experiencing. Keep up the great work Larry. ...more info
  • Has Some Useful Information
    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.
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  • People are idiots and I can prove it
    The title tells you this is not a politically correct book. It grabs your attention right from the beginning to the end. Larry is straight forward and practical. I recommend this audiobook if you want the truth without the sugar coating. It makes you think about your life and how to change for the better. ...more info
  • Don't Be an Idiot!
    Don't let the title scare you off. Larry likes to use titles that create buzz and help publicity. The sub-title tells you all you need to know.

    It's an insightful look at the ways we sometime sabotage our own success, and what we can do about it. I've been reading an advance copy and just loving it.

    Larry is blunt and to the point, getting to the essence of what it takes to really break through and achieve the results you want. In the book, he takes on business, family, health, being fat, stupidity, success, money, and lots more - and tells you step-by-step what you have to do to change. You may be a little uncomfortable in some sections, but the book wouldn't be worth reading if you didn't. And you'll be really glad you read the book by the time you finish it.

    Get the book. It's a fun read, it will hit you upside the head a little, and it will help you create more happiness for yourself.
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  • Idiots and (Pseudo) Intellectuals Will Trash This Book
    Fortunately, I'm neither and I found this book, People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It, highly entertaining. Presented as a how-to book in a series of in-your-face presentations by author and media personality Larry Winget, pop psychologists and even serious behavioral experts will chalk this up to a series of rantings (and the author does indeed label many of his passages about idiot behavior as "rants,"). But if you're looking for a straightforward, very funny look at our society and appreciate a wry and brave point of view, this book holds a hundred laughs. It also holds about as many solutions to life's perceived problems in the form of "action lists."

    For example: To avoid problems Winget writes, "You can't. Problems are part of life. The only people with out problems are dead." Not quite the Pollyanna approach . . . instead, the self-proclaimed "pitbull of personal development" just puts it out there with a frank and refreshing point of view. Anyone raising a teenager, who constantly has to reach for the clich¨¦s we sometimes like to call wisdom, will appreciate having a few of these nuggets in their back pockets. Again, very funny. "To quit smoking," he writes, "stop putting cigarettes in your mouth." Or "To win every argument, you can't. Sometimes you lose. It happens. Deal with it."

    The author definitely makes his case AND point, and those who are not threatened by universal common sense will surely agree that this is entertaining stuff. Meanwhile, I'm going to take Larry's advice, which is to "stay fit, stay fun, and kick a$$ til you die."

    Michele Cozzens is the author of It's Not Your Mother's Bridge Club....more info
  • Don't let the title scare you.
    I believe it was the Sundance Kid who once said, "Don't sugar-coat it Butch, just give it to me straight." Larry may be guilty of some sins, but "sugar-coating" isn't one of them. This is a hard-hitting, great book. It's a fast read and if you take the time and effort to actually participate in the exercises, it has the potential to make a real positive difference in your life. Sure, we'll still be idiots. But, at least we'll be successful idiots....more info
  • The Truth Hurts...but helps!
    I have read through the negative Amazon reviews on Larry's latest book, "People Are Idiots And I Can Prove It"...and I was shocked!

    I believe this to be one of his most entertaining and thought provoking books yet. Larry says: "the truth hurts; that's how you know it's the truth!", and another one of my favorite sayings he has is, "Expect the best. Be prepared for the worst. Celebrate it all!" Neither of these are totally negative or "inside the box".

    Larry's delivery method is different. It is caustic. It is in-your-face. I have found that many motivational speakers and authors tend to sugar coat the truth. They try to present everything in a postive light and try and teach you ways to be more uplifting and successful. THAT approach does not always get results! The book is different and edgey. For those who need a thicker skin...READ THE BOOK! For those who need to step up to the plate in life, professionally and personally...READ THE BOOK! For those who don't think they know-it-all, READ THE BOOK!

    The book goes over the, "Ten Ways People Are Sabotaging Their Success" AND gives many anecdotes to implement change. He provides "Action Lists For Success". Larry tells us that, "any change in behavior will bring about a change in results". He provides advice on so many levels of a variety of different topics ranging from; fashion, family, friendships, parenting, running a business, being a better manager, employee, finding a financial advisor, being healthier...and says, "wishful thinking is not a strategy for success"...

    Larry is right on as usual! As with all of his other books, he is informative, as well as entertaining. You will have several, "ah-ha" moments and well as a few laughs! READ THE BOOK!

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  • Winget at his best?
    Having had both thepleasure of meeting Larry many years ago and having read all his books, this one likely is his best to date. Not only is it classic, hit you between the eyes Winget with candid, plain, ranting observations, it is a self-help treatise designed to guide the reader in shedding the roadblocks to success. While not all people are idiots, Larry does provide proof as to why people do what they do....more info
  • Larry proved it.
    People are idiots. (He did not have to prove it to me, I have worked in retail for over 20 years). If you want an author who will get in your face and challenge you to quit whining and making excuses and change, then this book is for you. If you are overly sensitive or love being a loser, then you will likely find the author to be rude and crude. You will also be offended by his rants. For me I enjoyed his sense of humor and agree with the principles in his book to take 100% responsibility for your life and make changes if you want different results. The truth is we have created the circumstances in our life through our actions. We spend our time on what is most important to us. We have in our life what we were willing to pay the price for. Every decision we make takes us either closer to our goals or farther away from them, choose wisely.
    If you sit up and pay attention this book will show us all how we act like idiots sometimes. We sabotage our lives when we are ignorant, stupid, lazy, don't care, lack vision, have low expectations, don't recognize the consequences of our actions, have bad habits, have poor role models, and have no plan. The author shows how to overcome all of these challenges through sound principles and common sense. This is not rocket science but it is solutions to problems that some readers may not even know that they have. You will find principles in this book that will change your life. Don't be an idiot, buy the book and learn something new.
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  • A good book to get you motivated
    I read this book because of the funny title and because I had to see what all the fuss over this author was about. His other bestsellers such as "Shut Up, Stop Whining & Get a Life" or "You're Broke Because You Want To Be" all ended up on the New York Times best seller lists but he sounded kind of obnoxious bully the times I'd heard his interviews on talk shows. But reading this book really changed my mind and will have a profound effect on the way I approach my dreams and goals in the future. His book highly readable and entertaining. It gets right to the point without having to read through a bunch of drivel. In fact, you can read the whole book in a few hours not counting filling in some of his lists require thought.

    One of his main messages is that we all know what we need to do to succeed or at least have a pretty good idea where to start, but we are either too lazy or too vague and disorganized about our goal to get started. We need to write down a plan, with goals and steps that need to be accomplished in order to achieve it. We have to be positive and do whatever it takes to reach that end, be it education, reading books on the subject, talking to people or doing other types of research. Just wanting something isn't enough. According to Larry, "Life is not made up of the haves and the have-nots. It is made up of the will and the will-nots." Larry has a lot of great sayings but one that had the most effect on me was this one, "Stress comes from knowing what is right and doing what is wrong." I bet a lot of people can relate to that. I know I certainly can.

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  • Keep at work with you
    I have found this book to very interesting, I constantly look at the stupid things I am doing. I find myself questioning how I can do better, constant feedback is the breakfast of champions, it also reminds that most people you meet are idiots yet do not know it, having the ability to recognize this, I am able to deal with idiots in my workplace. I now keep it with me at work all the time. I have bits and pieces typed up and stuck to various areas of my work area....more info
  • Often the most valuable advice is what we don't want to hear...
    I finally got to sleep this morning at 6AM. "People Are Idiots" literally kept me awake all night. Not just because it's a "page turner" (which it IS), but also because it had me thinking so much about my life that I couldn't stop writing notes, pondering the future, and contemplating Larry's advice.

    I'm always wary of reviewers who write a long treatise here. It seems they have an axe to grind -- positive or negative -- and that their position is more about them than it is the book. So, here's the bottom line: If you want to get fuzzy inspiration, this isn't the book for you. If, however, you want a book that shows you how to get your act together, quit sabotaging yourself, and have a better year in 2009, regardless of the economy, stop reading reviews and start buying (and reading) this book.

    You may -- or may not -- like HOW Larry makes his points. However, WHAT he says will change your life. It has mine. Sometimes the most valuable advice is the stuff we don't want to hear....more info
  • Idiots 'R' Us
    Mr. Winget and I would not get along personally. In keeping with being a "FLbeachbum", my footwear of choice is a pair of flip-flops. Larry prefers his women in high heels, and freely states of himself that "I'm shallow that way" and "Men are pigs". there consensus on this? Did he raise his sons to be "pigs"? Or did he just trust that characteristic to be an inherent part of their nature?

    But alas, it's not much of a stretch to state that "people are idiots", and it doesn't take a lot to "prove" it. I think that Mr. Winget's best purpose is to function as a go-between for those who need his no-nonsense advice, and family members/loved ones who are afraid to be confrontational. In the areas of health and diet in particular, it's frustrating and disturbing to witness those whom we care about self-sabotage, and it's here that I think Mr. Winget's approach to stepping up to the plate and taking responsibility are most useful. And funny. There's some "entertainment" value to this book, and it can be recommended on that basis alone.

    As to whether it will actually motivate the right people to take the right action; well, therein lies the dilemma. If the book's title (People Are Idiots) is correct, they may just be too stupid to recognize themselves and do so. If the title is incorrect, there's no need for such a book, or he may be just "preaching to the choir". Besides, do idiots read? ...more info
  • A Modest View of Reviews
    Larry is bald and brash, wears loud cowboy shirts, smokes cigars, drinks scotch, rants, and surely you feel strongly about him one way or another. (Or, both.) But that's not a basis for a positive OR a negative review. That's his genuineness and is the way he singles himself out. That's the way he gets people to listen to him THE FIRST TIME. Like Scotch in a pretty bottle, if the contents turn out to be rotgut, the bottle will be ignored real quick next time you're looking for a quaff. If Larry doesn't come through with quality from behind the sunglasses, nobody will be listening. So if you judge a book by the cover (either literally or figuratively) or can't hear the message because you react to the messenger about irrelevancies, your review is worthless to an intelligent reader. This is the Marketplace of Ideas, not Tea Time at the Little Church in the Valley.

    Let me suggest a three step process for reviews, and then apply it to People are Idiots.

    Step One: What is the quality of the writing? Is it grammatical? Consistent? Does it maintain ones' interest?

    Step Two: What is the quality of the information (if non-fiction) or story (if fiction)? [NOT "Do I like it?" That's next.] Is it researched and footnoted if appropriate? If it is free-form, it is logical? Does the author use appropriate examples? Does s/he understand logic?

    Step Three: How do I personally react to the book as a whole? Do I agree with it? Even if I don't agree with it, does it make a significant contribution to the public discourse? (Note: I've positively reviewed books I don't agree with for precisely that last reason.)

    In a 5-star system like Amazon uses, I'm thinking that we put step one and step two together and account for at least 4 of the stars. (I say all 5 stars, and step three gives the review character and meaning, but others will differ.)

    OK, People Are Idiots:

    Writing: As advertised. Larry is brash and obnoxious, harranging and ranting. You want mealy-mouthed, look elsewhere. His writes more like he speaks than most "motivational gurus," which makes the content readable. To me, it's fun and I throw in a lot of "Right on's" (Wait a minute, that's Step Three. Sorry.)

    Information: There's not a whole lot of research, but that doesn't bother me. It may bother others. He is drawing conclusions from impressions of American society which, if we are honest with ourselves, will match our own observations. As to the information, one review is right, Larry doesn't put much about the grey areas of life in People Are Idiots. Shame, shame, Larry. Wait a minute - He also doesn't mention French cooking, menopause or romance, either. Why the hell not, Larry? Well, only Larry can answer for sure, but I'm guessing that the shades of grey aren't there because they aren't what the book is about. This book doesn't teach subtlety, stealth or feeling good through meditation. That's because most of us (me included) still haven't learned the basics adequately. We are dreadfully in debt. That's not grey, it's black & white. Most of us are overweight, obese or really fat. That's not grey. At least part of the time, just about all of us whine and duck responsibility. Nope, no grey there. I don't know about you, but I don't have the basic lessons down by a damn sight. Learning is good. Repetition is good. New approaches are good. New motivation is good. Before you hang the wallpaper in a house, a carpenter has to build the house level, plumb and square. If s/he doesn't, you have pretty wallpaper on a flimsy house.

    And Step Three, People Are Idiots did speak to me. Larry speaks to me. This time, he put out a quality product. Whether you agree with all or most of what he says, it causes thought. For that matter, if you agree with ALL of what he says, you may be one of the idiots. We are supposed to exercise independent judgment. It's America, remember?

    As for me, I'll keep walking with Larry, learning from him, and taking heart.

    Pippa passes.

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  • Ten star YES!!!!!!
    Finally a book I can share as well as recommend to my everyday, male friends who do not wear white shirts, ties and suits to work. An often, in my opinion, overlooked group of folks.

    The authors registered trademark saying 'The Pitbull of Personal Development' tells you a lot about who the man is. A lot like a Marine Sgt. whose in your face. But if you read the book you have agreed in part to have him in your face.

    And I so appreciate that on pages 82-83 he makes you list the Plan you want for your life. Be it Financial, Physical, Mental,Social, Career, Spiritual, Family, other secret stuff. Sometimes writing down what we want, gives us a real vision of both what is lacking in our lives as well as what we are so blessed with.

    On page 83 the author writes: Give it up. What are you going to give up to be healthier? Smoking? Fast food? What are you willing to give up to have more money? Shopping? What are you willing to give up in order to spend more time with your kids? Golf? Working late? See how it works?

    On page 85 he notes, 'To stop being an ediot it takes only three things; recognition, education and application'.

    On pages 108-119 he deals with deciding to change, knowing why its important to change, being willing to do whatever it takes to change, then doing whatever it takes to change, and that when you fail, dust yourself off and start again, then when you get there, celebrate, and finally move on and also become totally committed.

    The book is simply a well done book. And I want to add as a side note, that having a spouse that supports you and encourages you is also a biggie!! Not to get Biblical on you, but the Bible does say that when you marry, to note be unequally yoked. Ever see two ox behind a plow? Now imagine if these two ox, joined together by the wood yoke, each wanted to go their own way. How much of that land the person was trying to plow would get done? Now imagine it with the two ox working together....more info
  • Weight in Gold
    Wow!!! What an outstanding book. It is very rare that I read a book that speaks to my soul and changes my entire state of well-being. I have been sharing this book with family,friends, coworkers and a few enemies. It is funny because each have responded that they secretly felt this way. You just do not know how motivated I am to write in to a talk show an suggest for a show topic books that have changed people lives. This would give others as well as myself a chance to meet the author, share the book and explain how the book changed their live. This book has a deep seated meaning and a God-given purpose. God used this book shine a bright light in my life. Thank you for your honest and straight forwardness. I appreciate your work and I support you. May God abundantly bless you to keep writing over the top books. Miss Dee!...more info
  • I Don't Need Any Proof- Idiocy is Everywhere
    Larry Winget is a self- help individual of sorts and he is known for his sometimes unorthodox and always plain- spoken manner on motivational topics. He has authored several different books and he is always ready to share his wit and wisdom on the reasons why people cannot achieve their goals and what they need to do to turn their lives around. In People are Idiots and I Can Prove It, Winget talks about the general stupidity of individuals in every demographic category; what got them there, why they continue to show signs of idiocy, and some of the simple steps that can lead anyone out of the doldrums of stupidity and toward a happier, more personally fulfilling life.

    If you haven't read any of Winget's work before, then let me tell you that this book is similar to the others in that it utilizes a writing style that is direct and sometimes a tad offensive. The author believes strongly that our successes and failures are all a direct result of our own actions and we should not blame anyone but ourselves when something goes wrong. Winget believes that everyone has the potential to achieve their goals if only they would stop procrastinating, stop blaming others, define the steps necessary to achieve goals, and then start taking action today to make these goals reality. Whether it's a goal to lose weight, improve personal relationships, pay off debt, or anything else, Winget strongly believes that you, and only you, can make your dreams reality.

    This book makes frequent use of the term idiot and Winget admits that even he has shown signs of idiocy in his life, and still catches himself doing so today. He defines idiot loosely, and it can mean several different things: Doing the same things again and again that failed before and expecting them to suddenly work; Partaking in activities that will likely produce the opposite results of those intended and then wondering why goals cannot be achieved; Blaming others for opportunities lost; General complaining about life and doing nothing to make a change; etc. I can see his point in all of these and other areas and I can pretty much agree with all of them. Everyone is guilty of these various types of idiocy at some point in their lives and this book offers several examples of idiotic behavior than continues to be repeated among the members of the general populace, in spite of the undesirable results.

    Self- help books are a dime a dozen, but People are Idiots and I Can Prove It is certainly better than the average self- help guide in many ways. One thing that really annoys me with many self help books is the tendency on the part of many self- help authors to advocate the idea that you can achieve anything by thinking positively. This book doesn't rely on this old, tired idea that positive thinking alone will lead to great success. Winget agrees that positive thinking is good but like he says, you cannot think your way to greatness. You have to get up and take action if you want to enjoy the sweet taste of success. I also like that Winget didn't write this as a cozy, feel- good- and- improve- your- self- esteem type of book. Rather than make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside due to your positive thoughts, Winget tells it like it is. Life isn't all rosy and wonderful and only you can do something to make a change for the better.

    This book is, overall, a very good self- improvement guide intended to motivate and inspire the underachievers among us to stop engaging in self- destructive behavior, get up, and get going on the path toward a more fulfilling life. What will lead to happiness and fulfillment is different for each individual but regardless of the end result, the path from point A to point B must begin with you and Larry Winget is here to help you reach the supposedly unreachable with his direct, sometimes offensive, often humorous, and always no nonsense approach toward personal change.

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  • People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It!: The 10 Ways You Are Sabotaging Yourself and How You Can Overcome Them
    Cruelly honest and hard-nosed. Goes for the throat and hits below the belt. Just what some people need (I did) to finally see the light through their fog of stupidity!...more info
  • Pure Larry Winget
    If you've seen Larry Winget on television or read other books he's written and you liked him in other settings, chances are good that you'll enjoy "People Are Idiots..." as well. If this is your first impression of the author and you don't like his style, don't get his other books. It's that simple. With Winget, you get what you see.

    There are more than a few references throughout the book to his other books and media presentations. He freely acknowledges in one section he's repeating material that he put at greater length in his other books. Rather than feel cheated, I appreciated the reminders.

    And I appreciate his stating the obvious but what often goes unsaid when it comes to what might be called motivational speakers and authors -- there really is nothing new. It's not complicated to have a better life and be better at what you want to do in life. He's well paid to state the obvious, and should be.

    For exammple, the book provides the most concise and effective program to stop smoking, and the only one that ultimately works -- "Stop putting cigarettes in your mouth" (page 206). Someone might say, "It's not that easy!" Maybe not, but it IS that simple.

    And so it is in many other ways people want to improve their lives. People work hard at making excuses and avoiding the simple truth that (for the most part) we are responsible for our own actions and their outcomes. It's as old as the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve blaming each other for what they did wrong.

    Of course, perhaps the book could have been much shorter just by saying, "Stop acting like an idiot!" Every once in a while, a good friend will say that to you...and you need it.

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  • Are you kidding me?
    I have been waiting for this book to come out since the fall. I was excited that Larry Winget was writing a book with this title. Yes, People Are Idiots. Just look around, they are everywhere, even the idiots that thought this book was trash. When I saw some of the reviewers say that they did not like the book, I had to see for myself. I went to a local book store to see what the the issue was. Their was no issue at all. Besides I went and read most of the book and found it RIGHT ON the mark. I was so impressed, I came back home and order the book on Amazon.

    Larry's book is not only truthful in nature but entertaining.
    I have all the other books by Larry and they are all GREAT!!

    I am a Personal Development Coach and Speaker myself. I love Larry's style. The bottom line is if you can't stand the heat, stay out of Larry's kitchen. ...more info
  • Truth smackdown!
    Wow! Winget obviously ticked some people off with this one. I had to go back and look at the book again to be sure we were reviewing the same one. The book I read was about the power of taking action, positive role models, personal responsibility, keep on learning, be charitable, the role of integrity, and a lot of other ideas that must be incredibly controversial to some people. Look, Larry's style might not be your cup of tea. He gets in your face. Admittedly, he's not all cute and cuddly like some motivational gurus. But his goal is (my guess) to make us think about the consequences of our actions. Period. With this economy like it is I'm personally grateful for a well timed kick in the butt. I don't need to be blaming anybody for anything right now. I need to get on with life and understand that I've got choices to make every day. Larry's book helps me make better choices. ...more info
  • Prof'l speaker writes a book or workbook on how to take control of your life and do things that will help you reach your goals!

    I cannot say I loved this book. But it was a quick read on an old subject (Personal Growth/ Success) that has been written a lot about over the years. According to the author, idiots sabotage their personal development. And according to the author if you do the following you are guilty of being an idiot, too:

    1. You don't recognize the consequences of your actions
    2. You don't have a plan
    3. You don't have vision
    4. You don't have good role models
    5. You just don't give a damn
    6. You have low expectations
    7. You have bad habits
    8. You are ignorant
    9. You are stupid
    10. You are lazy

    These ten points are definitely right on the mark when it comes to why people do not rise above the crowd typically. And as such, anyone who actively addresses these ten points will probably rise above the crowd in what they are trying to do in life, in business, in relationships, or whatever.

    The author is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA). The subject of this book is typical of what many such members of NSA talk about. And by writing this book I'm reviewing, the author is promoting himself as NSA members typically do.

    The book is written much the way a typical speech is written. It kind of just winds and meanders. A look at the Table of Contents is not all that helpful in really telling the reader what the book is about. And the topic of this book has been written about so many times that I cannot say it is particularly worth reading. As I read it I kept thinking back to a time I read an interview of Sylvester Stallone talking about diets. He said you are what you eat. If you eat trash food, then your body will look that way, too. If you eat healthy, then your body will look that way, too. The message of the instant book is that if you do certain things, then you will get certain results. Do the things that will help you reach your goals, and you won't be guilty of being an idiot. But if you don't plan, and you are lazy, ignorant, and/or stupid, then you won't reach your goals. 3.8 stars!...more info
  • Simple and Straight
    If you need some coddling, then Larry Winget is not for you. Larry is about YOU being responsible for the way your life is.
    If you think someone, event, circumstances, etc has brought you to where you are, wrong there bucko! The person you look at in the mirror every day this the one responsible and the one who can change your present condition. Or make a good condition better! It works that way too. But don't just read the book, do the list. I read the book through and am about half way through the worksheets. They help you focus and recognize conditions and situations. And if you think there is 7 Pillars or 3 keys or you pick the number of secret things that Winget has discovered and has wrote them down, you will be disappointed. He gives 10 somple and straight reasons we all are idiots.
    This stuff is simple and straight and presented and the same way.Larry is simple and straight. If one cannot handle that, move on.
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  • The negative reviews of this book proves the title...
    People Are Idiots And I Can Prove It
    The 10 Ways You Are Sabotaging Yourself and How You Can Overcome Them
    Larry Winget
    Gotham Books
    ISBN: 9781592404377
    Reviewed b Debra Gaynor for,1/09
    5 Stars
    The negative reviews of this book proves the title...
    People Are Idiots And I Can Prove It is an entertaining, thought-provoking book. The first point that jumped out at me was, "You have what you want because your actions produced what you've got." People need to stop whining and get on with life. You cannot accomplish anything if you do not try. Most people never try. Larry Winget writes with humor, sarcasm, and truth. If you do not like this book, it is because Winget stepped on your toes. This is not a feel-good book, yet I found it encouraging. People Are Idiots And I Can Prove It would make a great graduation gift.

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  • A virtual kick in your sitdown spot to encourage you to stop your self-defeating behaviors
    I will never raise a dissenting word against the basic premise that people often willingly act contrary to their best interests, in other words are idiots. Winget uses a very distinctive in your face style of presentation that he readily admits to and makes no apologies for. As a fierce virtual kick in the sitdown, this book delivers.
    However, few problems in life are so simple that they can be solved by a simple declaration of "I am just going to do it." Winget is right in stating that most people save very little money and the solution is to either spend less or earn more. The problem is as always in the details. A person that is living from paycheck to paycheck in a dead-end job often has no other option in a very weak economy that is hemorrhaging jobs by the hundreds of thousands. The single parent often finds that the cost of day care makes the cost of working prohibitive.
    Therefore, while the basic premise that you should take charge of your life by stopping the foolishness that keeps you down is a sound one, it is also a limited one. For even if you cease your idiotic behavior; that generally will have no affect on all the other idiots in the world. In many cases, their idiocy is detrimental to your interests and there is very little in this book about how to handle those problems.
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  • Larry Winget hit the nail on the head
    I just finished reading People Are Idiots and I can Prove it by Larry Winget. I could hardly put it down and finished it in about 3 hours. What he wrote is clear and to the point. He doesn't mince any words and everyone can greatly benefit by reading this book. I've ordered another book, You are Broke Because You Want To Be and can't wait until it arrives. We need more straight to the point books like these in our nation today. because many Americans are asleep at the wheel and don't know what is happening to them. Larry gives the tools to help people get off their duff and get to work and has some great advice from marriage to money. ...more info
  • Hope for Idiots
    We want a lot that we don't got, I know I do. But according to Larry Wingate we're lying to ourselves, because we want exactly what we've got. If we wanted more, we figure out how to get it and we'd do something about it. That, in a nutshell, is the gist of this book. Well, that and how you can stop being an idiot, because after reading this book I have to agree with Mr. Wingate, people are idiots, me included.

    I live half the year on a sailboat, my husband and I are very content, but I want a bigger boat, more room. Of course that costs money. We have some, but we need more. So we have to work harder. I've turned down some excellent opportunities, not anymore. Sometimes you have to take a risk. But you don't have to be stupid about it. We've been very comfortable lately, my hubby and me, but comfortable isn't what life's about.

    I look at Larry's lists and some of them don't really affect me, I take responsibility for my actions, but then I sure do need to learn how to get more done. I'm not broke, but I sure do need to learn how to save more money. I've got a great marriage, I'm a good person, but I don't suffer jerks very well. So there's a lot here for me. I'm betting there's a lot here for you as well.

    But there is no self help book on the planet that will help you if you can't get by the writer. If you feel he's preaching, talking down to you, the book's not gonna work. Larry doesn't preach and he talks to you like he's talking to his best pal. You find out straightaway that Larry is just plain folks. Like you and me, he's goofed up plenty. But he's done something about it. We can too.

    Review submitted by Captain Katie Osborne...more info
  • Tells You Exactly What You NEED To Know!
    If you're not happy with your life then get this book. If you're
    happy but still want to do even better, then get this book.

    This book will tell you exactly what's holding you back...and
    how to fix it. You will not be left with questions on what
    to do next. You'll learn exactly what you need to do to make
    things better for yourself.

    Some of the stuff you'll read in Larry's book will make you
    uncomfortable because you'll realize most of your problems
    have been caused by YOU. The good news is that you'll learn
    how to solve most of your problems.

    You no longer have to wait for someone else to come to the
    rescue because you'll have the knowledge to rescue yourself.

    Believe me, you'll be glad you bought this book!
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  • Insecure "Pit Bull"
    It amazes me that an author that calls himself a tough "pit bull" is so insucure. It seems people buy his books to have their "butts kicked" by this guy in order to get motivated, yet this guy has such a thin skin, he can't take any critisim. He actually goes around reading Amazon's One-Star reviews of his books and bad mouths the reviewers! Have you ever seen an author do that before? The only motivation I can think of for doing that is insecurity. This guy makes his millions with his "confidence". He dresses loud, shaves his head, talks to crowds...He looks confident on the outside, but the true colors are now out. Look at an example of what he says to one of his critics:
    "Why did you even buy this book? You hated my last book calling my advice questionable while calling me names. So why put yourself through the pain of another one of my books? As I looked over your reviews, you seem to dislike and want to return nearly every book you read. How very sad. Do yourself a favor and just don't purchase any more of my books and then you won't feel the need to disparage the book, me or so badly want to return it." -Larry Winget

    Then he has the nerve to write a book calling people idiots.
    I say he's an insecure bully...not a confident pit bull....more info
  • A book to make you smack your forehead
    As a professional speaker, I've heard and read many things on success and making it in life. I honestly stumbled across this book in the airport as I was heading on a trip. I forgot reading material so I bought the book. What a great read. The "in your face" approach is awesome. The main thing is he really isn't saying anything none of us don't know, but it's one of those books that serve as more of a reminder of how many stupid things we do daily to sabotage our lives. I look at this book as a type of oil for the body. We go along this journey in life and with all it's ups, downs, successess and failures, sometimnes we just get "sludge" in our systems and need an oil change. Or sometimes the oil gets low we start to rust up in the area of common sense. Great job Larry. This is the first I've heard of you but I love your approach. The world has enough cotton-candy authors and speakers. It's time to just get real. Hey, if we can accept Dr. Phil and his direct approach, why should we not accept Larry and his direct approach. I recommend this book to EVERYONE! (especially young teens and college students so they can hopefully avoid some of the stupid things us adults have done in our lives)....more info
  • People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It!
    Right on target Winget, just as I expected and beyond. Early in the book Larry said someone once wrote a letter to him saying his books contained plain old common sense and Larry said there was no argument from him on that. That is a very powerful statement and here's why, the state of our economy and the mentality of our people are in severe trouble because we somehow reached the point where common sense just wasn't common anymore! That is step one in getting our country back on track. So many Americans have lost sight of what is important and they've come to expect certain things to come their way. Well folks the free ride is over and we have to work for what we get. Larry in People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It forces the reader to take a close look at their own self with exercises that involves the reader forcing them to think about where they are and where they want to grow. This book can be a quick read, you can do it in an evening, however if you want to truly realize how valuable the book can be to you then do each and every exercise, give each serious thought and you will be forming a road map to a much better life. Larry is different and different is good, we've become a society where too may go to the same stores buy the same suits, drive big SUV's, live in a house that is exactly like the third house up and down the street, we buys boats, jet skis, RV's, way more house than we can afford have huge credit card debt and on and on, soon our stuff owns us. Get it; read it, do the exercises and you will receive great benefit. Also if anyone who chooses to read this is involved in education I think Larry's book It's Called Work for a Reason should be required reading for every high school student in American as it will give them great guidance to enter the working world. Those already in the working world should read it as well as it will certainly improve their outlook on their job....more info


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