I’d heard something about this guy somewhere recently and made a mental note that he’s someone I might have to take a second note of. Then I saw Jeff Michael (a very knowledgeable and responsible debt/credit guy) tout Winget’s most recent book: You’re Broke Because You Want to Be. So I’m taking a second note.
And, naturally, he has a blog. Go take a look at his last 10 posts and see if you don’t think he’s an honest straight shooter that deals in reality and facts; while ridiculing the standard-fare platitudes of conventional self-help. I do.
There are literally thousands of motivational speakers spouting
ridiculous platitudes that do nothing more than make you feel good for
the moment and have very little lasting effect. They sound good, but
they don’t work. Let me prove it to you. I bet you’ve heard these lines:
long as you have a good, positive attitude everything will be all
right.” Sorry, but that is a lie. I’ve had a positive attitude my
entire life and had plenty of crap happen to me. So get a little
negative. Get sick of the way things are so you will take action to
change things. Get fed up; realize you deserve better and that you
aren’t going to be satisfied with anything less than the best for
yourself and your family. Remember: You have to get negative about your
life before you can take positive action in your life.
be whatever you want to be, do whatever you want to do and have
whatever you want to have.” More lies. You can’t be whatever you want
to be or do whatever you want to do. If you are short, fat and ugly,
that supermodel thing probably isn’t going to work out for you. You can
do what you have the talent for and are willing to dedicate the time
and effort into becoming based on your innate potential. You can always
do more than you think you can but you can’t do anything. And you
certainly can’t have whatever you want. You can have whatever you
believe you deserve and whatever you take action toward achieving,
utilizing your abilities, your thoughts and your words.
are no problems, only opportunities.” This one is not only a lie – it’s
just stupid. I have problems. Period. I bet you do too. And I find it
insulting when someone tells me otherwise. Sometimes, there is no way
to dress up the problem and call it an opportunity. Instead, face the
problem. Acknowledge the problem for what it is. Then circle the wagons
and tackle the problem head on.
My point? Be careful what you
buy into and act upon. When you hear something, make sure it makes good
sense, and then try it. If it works, run with it. If it doesn’t work,
dump it and run from it.