What's Wrong with Damn Near Everything! How the Collapse of Core Values is Destroying Us and How toFix It
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The Pitbull of Personal Development® Takes on Damn Near Everything!

Larry Winget does not mince words, and in this latest addition to his straight-talking brand, one of the most iconic leaders of the personal development industry puts down in black and white, What's Wrong with Damn Near Everything!

If you think the world is a mess, you already have a lot in common with Larry. The genius and power of his simple approach to turning around the parts of your life that need it has transformed people and businesses all over the world. Now, in this wildly entertaining and informative diagnosis and prescription, he narrows down the singular virus sickening the four most influential aspects in our lives: the people around us, our education system, business, and government. The illness rotting them all out can be blamed on people ignoring their core values.

That's personal, and Larry goes there and then some, and that's why countless people have been converted into followers by watching him on television as he regularly appears on varied news programs and by buying enough of his books to put him on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. His shocking opinions and belly-laughing honesty all come unfiltered. If he offends you—good! You're engaged and really thinking about what's important to you. This single resource enables you to:

  • Take real action to improve what's wrong with your business, family, and life.
  • Get advice you can understand from a non-stop powerhouse coach.

What's Wrong with Damn Near Everything! tells you all the simple truths to troubleshooting everyday problems in life and business.


LARRY WINGET is known throughout the world as The Pitbull of Personal Development®. His say-it-like-it-is delivery of self-help earned him speaking engagements at hundreds of Fortune 500 companies, his own television show on A&E, six runs on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists, and a spot in the International Speaker Hall of Fame. His bestselling titles include Grow a Pair; Shut Up, Stop Whining and Get a Life; and many others.


This Is Another Larry Winget Book ix

Preface xi

Chapter One. The Collapse of Core Values 1

What Are Core Values? 1

Finding Your Core Values 4

Why Have People Stopped Being Bothered? 5

Want to Know Why This Stuff Bothers You? It’s Simple 8

Get Ready for Life to Be Much Easier for You! 9

A Test for Knowing Whether Something Is a Core Value 9

You Can Always Spot Someone’s Core Values 10

Chapter Two. What’s Wrong with People 13

From Today’s News 14

People Cater to the Lowest Common Denominator 17

Let’s Keep Digging into This 22

People Have Lowered Their Standards 23

People Are Self-Absorbed 28

People Either Can’t, Don’t, or Won’t Manage Their Money 29

Why Most People Believe They Don’t Have Money 31

Become Committed to Your Commitments 37

People Are Either Too Gullible or Too Skeptical 40

People Use Bad Grammar and Can’t Spell 46

People Let Their Emotions Rule Their Lives 49

People Follow Their Dreams Instead of Going to Work 52

Starting Your Own Business Is Not a Dream, It’s a

Nightmare 52

Why Do Most Businesses Fail? Lack of Preparation 53

People Are Entitled 57

Entitlement Is the Enemy of Self-Reliance 60

The Government Is Feeding Entitlement Mentality 62

People Are Full of Excuses and Blame 67

People Are Dishonest and Lack Integrity 69

We Have Become Way Too Tolerant of Dishonesty 72

People Are Mean 76

Business Has Become Mean 77

People Are Lazy 80

People Are Disrespectful and Uncivil 84

Respect and Racism, Sexism, Ageism, Wealthism, and

Homophobia 87

Respect Is Not Just about Respecting People 90

People Are Offended By Damn Near Everything! 93

Luckily Some People Are Speaking Up Against This

Stupidity 104

People Allow Technology to Rule Their Lives 106

Chapter Three. What’s Wrong with Business 109

Why Do Businesses Exist? 109

The Biggest Challenge Facing Business 112

Employees Must Constantly Add Value 116

Fiduciary Responsibility 118

Chapter Four. What’s Wrong with Education 121

Parental Involvement 125

Failure Is an Option 126

Beyond School Systems 129

Chapter Five. What’s Wrong with Our

Government 131

Welcome to Helicopter America 131

Dear Government: Mind Your Own Business! 133

We Have Too Many Laws 134

Politics and Politicians 140

Chapter Six. The Big Question: Are We Able to Turn All This Around? 147

In Your Business 148

In Your Family 148

In Your Own Life 149

Are You Willing to Live by These Core Values? 149

You Can’t Change the World 150

About the Author 153