Larry Winget: Shut up, stop whining and get a life

Posted on August 28, 2007 
Filed Under Brainfood, Management

This guy Larry Winget has been appearing on CNBC’s Millionaire Inside programme and defies all conventions of the motivational guru, putting down all the usual positive-thinking, happy-talk as hogwash.

He is bald, sports a goatee, earrings, tattoos and wears colourful shirts and boots.

He wrote two books It’s Called Work for a Reason! and Shut Up Stop Whining & Get a Life.

Apparently, he was once a suited guy who use to spout the very guru-ish stuff he now ditches until he went to the desert and was struck by an epiphany.

That’s pretty much contained in his manifesto at

Some choice quotes:

Get this: There are over 46,000 books that contain the word “team” or “teamwork.” All selling a load of crap. Teamwork doesn’t work. Yes, I know that is business blasphemy, but I am right and everyone else is wrong. Teamwork doesn’t work. And the reason is because someone on the team won’t work—which means you no longer have a team. You have a few good people who have to pick up the slack for the bozo that isn’t doing her share. They are frankly pissed off about it too. Because they know, at the end of the project, they will have to share the credit with her because after all, she is on the team. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

Again. There are simply no secrets. When you see the word “secret” you should run! And when you hear that someone has a brand new concept for how to be successful, beware. You don’t need anything brand new; you need to go back to the old and simple stuff that makes sense. The world doesn’t want to change or it already would have changed all on its own and without any help from me.

People change their lives when they want to, not because I want them to.


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