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How to Be a Complete and Utter Failure in Life, Work & Everything: 44 1/2 Steps to Lasting Underachievement

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How to Be a Complete and Utter Failure in Life, Work & Everything: 44 1/2 Steps to Lasting Underachievement


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You, too, can achieve massive, total, sustained failure...or success!

  • Failure made easy! What it takes to flop at everything from leading organizations to achieving your most cherished personal goals.
  • 44 ½ tested strategies, proven by thousands of real people in every walk of life!
  • Updated with five brand-new techniques, new stories, new actions not to take, and new exercises not to try!
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    • Copyright 2008
    • Edition: 1st
    • Book
    • ISBN-10: 0-13-813810-9
    • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-813810-3

    Really want to know how to fail? Consistently? Massively? Irrevocably?

    Steve McDermott’s spent years studying the world’s greatest failures: those extraordinary individuals who’ve spectacularly underachieved in every walk of life. They all use the exact same skills and strategies--and you can learn them, too. (Maybe you know some already!) In this quick, incredibly practical guide to failure, McDermott brings together dozens of state-of-the-art techniques guaranteed to help you crash, burn, and disappoint everyone in your life. In just minutes, discover how to fail at...

    • Leadership                 • Relationships              • Personal growth          • Achieving happiness

    • Teamwork                  • Planning                     • Goal-setting                • Careers

    • Financial security        • First impressions        • And so much more!

    DANGER: Do NOT attempt to reverse these techniques. If performed in the opposite fashion, they may cause spectacular success. The publisher and author will not be held responsible for wealth, happiness, or career achievements resulting from the use of these skills and strategies in reverse.

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    How to Be a Complete and Utter Failure: If You Do Have Goals, Don't Put Them in Writing, and If You Do, Don't Think Too Big

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    Step One          Don’t decide what you want. If you do decide what you want, don’t think about why you want it.

                And if you do decide why you want it, commit to believing you can’t have it.

    Step Two                 Don’t do things on purpose

    Step Three              Don’t stop working for a living

    Step Four                Don’t know what you value in life (and if you do, lose sight of it)

    Step Five                 Don’t spend any of your time in the future

    Step Six                  Don’t have any goals

    Step Seven              If you do have goals, don’t put them in writing, and if you do, don’t think too big

    Step Eight               Don’t plan your priorities

    Step Nine                Don’t involve other people

    Step Ten                 Don’t have a mentor or be a mentor

    Step Eleven             Don’t get advice from people you’ve never met or who are dead

    Step Twelve             Don’t take action right now

    Step Thirteen           Don’t get feedback on your actions

    Step Fourteen          Don’t adjust

    Step Fifteen             Don’t get even more feedback, don’t be flexible…(you get the idea)

    Step Sixteen           Don’t practice continuous improvement

    Step Seventeen       Don’t wear a parachute

    Step Eighteen          Don’t change your beliefs

    Step Nineteen          Don’t stop having a deep fear of failure and of making a fool of yourself

    Step Twenty            Don’t take personal responsibility for your life and results

    Step Twenty-one      Don’t stop believing in luck

    Step Twenty-two      Don’t expand your comfort zone

    Step Twenty-three    Don’t use inside-out thinking

    Step Twenty-four      Don’t put things in before you try to take things out

    Step Twenty-five       Don’t control your moods

    Step Twenty-six       Don’t transform your language

    Step Twenty-seven   Don’t think about the first four minutes

    Step Twenty-eight    Don’t talk and think about what you want

    Step Twenty-nine     Don’t go to the movies

    Step Thirty              Don’t stop being an unthinking dog

    Step Thirty-one        Don’t ask ‘How do you do that?’ Don’t act ‘as if’. And don’t be naïve.

    Step Thirty-two        Don’t change the meaning of things

    Step Thirty-three      Don’t stop thinking only about money, money, money

    Step Thirty-four        Don’t have a good laugh

    Step Thirty-five         Don’t be creative or innovative

    Step Thirty-six         Don’t think of your own idea to go here

    Step Thirty-seven     Don’t stop always taking ‘no’ for an answer

    Step Thirty-eight      Don’t be grateful

    Step Thirty-nine       Don’t commit to lifelong learning

    Step Forty               Don’t be a leader

    Step Forty-one         Don’t learn to communicate

    Step Forty-two         Don’t understand the secrets of great teams and great customer service

    Step Forty-three       Don’t develop winners and winning relationships

    Step Forty-four         Don’t step up. Don’t do extraordinary things

    Step Forty-four-and-a-half            Don’t stop doing everything by halves, that’s if you do anything at all.


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