How to Ruin Your Life

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How to Ruin Your Life is a powerful self-help tool in the form of a work of humor. It is sardonic advice, presented with tongue in cheek, explaining how people can "ruin" their lives. The essays cover topics such as "Convince Yourself That You're All That Matters," Think the Worst of Everyone," "Pour Salt on Those Wounds," and "You Can Change People." Seriously, though, to anyone who reads this book, it is an earnest warning about falling into traps of self-destructive behavior that can ruin any man or woman's ...
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Overview

How to Ruin Your Life is a powerful self-help tool in the form of a work of humor. It is sardonic advice, presented with tongue in cheek, explaining how people can "ruin" their lives. The essays cover topics such as "Convince Yourself That You're All That Matters," Think the Worst of Everyone," "Pour Salt on Those Wounds," and "You Can Change People." Seriously, though, to anyone who reads this book, it is an earnest warning about falling into traps of self-destructive behavior that can ruin any man or woman's life. More than that, it comprises 35 steps that-if read and understood-provide a road map to making life work in the most effective way possible. It is humor and self-help all in one, delivered by Ben Stein, a man who has witnessed more than his share of people who did ruin their lives-as well as those whose lives have been wildly successful.
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Publishers Weekly
Keeping a Chin Up Offering a tongue-in-cheek approach to living well, quiz show host and former White House speechwriter Ben Stein has written How to Ruin Your Life. Asserting that "failure is often a virtual road map to success in reverse," Stein tells readers, "[f]ollow these rules and you're guaranteed disaster. Avoid them, and you're on the high road to achievement...." He proceeds to explain how to "make yourself useless," "be a slob," "convince yourself you're all that matters" and "act like the world owes you." If ignored, his advice is sound and realistic, and may be the perfect way to push recent grads or other impressionable readers in the right direction. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561709748
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 110
  • Sales rank: 539,952
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Stein can be seen talking about finance on Fox TV news every week. He is known to many as a movie and television personality, but has probably worked more in personal and corporate finance than anything else. He has written about finance for Barron’s and The Wall Street Journal for decades and contributes regularly to the AARP’s Modern Maturity (now AARP: The Magazine). He was one of the chief busters of the junk bond frauds of the 1980s, has been a long-time critic of corporate executives’ self-dealing, and has written several self-help books about personal finance.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2004

    Required

    This small book should be required reading for every highschool student in the country. It is a shame that parents do not guide their children in the 'wrongs' to do instead of having the need for a person to write a book about itl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2002

    Humorous

    If you're a fan of Ben Stein, you'll like this book. His dry sense of humor pervades. Well worth the money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2002

    Woa. I bought this book. =/

    First of all, I bought this book because my english teacher wanted us to get any self-help book. Anyway, this book isn't really worth buying because it's basically common sense. Anyone in their right minds wouldn't treat the people who are good to them badly and the people who are bad to them well. Then again, Ben Stein is just trying to be funny, which I had to admit, he was funny at tim

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