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How to Ruin Your Life (Englisch) Audio-CD – Gekürzte Ausgabe, Audiobook

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Von Ein Kunde am 11. Februar 2005
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i ve listened to this audio book with great pleasure. just an hour of real life experiences -told from an expert and ...be honest..most of us know exactly, that life works in this way .
you should recommened this cd to your kids, maybe 12 or 14 years up..i really love this book. this author uses american slang, so it may be a bit difficult by the first impression.
but dont give up..you dont have to regret it. i transformed it to mp3 format so i can listen to it on my pda.
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HASH(0x943e78a0) von 5 Sternen Sometimes it isn't sugar the medicine needs, but some bite 13. November 2002
Von Craig Matteson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I am glad that all three of Ben Stein's "How to Ruin Your Life" books are now together under one cover. Each was short and combined they still make for easy and delightful reading. The idea is that each book (you life, your love life, your financial life) provides a sardonic set of rules to ensure failure in misery in your life. For example, the very first rule in ruining your life is, "Don't Learn Any Useful Skills". This does seem an effective way to ensure misery doesn't it? The author then provides some commentary on the most effective ways to implement such a rule and the salutary effects it will have in helping ensure a ruined life.

The first rule in "How to Ruin Your Love Life" has been proven out in countless failed marriages and can be attested to by reading almost any divorce transcript you can find. The rule is, "Know That You Wishes Are the Only Ones That Matter In Any Situation." I am sure you have seen it applied in the lives of unhappy people you know and can attest that this rule can ensure the inability to form any long-term relationships that are actually long term.

And the first rule for ruining your financial life is "Forget About Tomorrow". You can see how this applies, I am sure. You should not only spend all you have today, you should borrow against tomorrow to have fun today. Yep, that will work.

So, each of these sections provides dozens of rules that can help the thoughtful think through their present actions and course of life and compare their behavior to these rules and see why things might be working out well or not. Sometimes the biting contrarian way of saying things helps us see more clearly than the sometimes too sweet way of saying things positively. Mr. Stein not only provides good advice in this inverse way, he make it funny as well.

Highly recommended and can make a great gift to the right son or daughter. Of course, it is the ones who need it less who will actually read it. As soon as I got it, my two youngest children, both teenagers, grabbed it from me and started going through it. I smiled.
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HASH(0x943e78f4) von 5 Sternen A Nice Lunchtime Read That Will Stay With You a Lifetime 19. Mai 2003
Von Interplanetary Funksmanship - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I picked up this book because I'm a fan of Ben Stein, the modern Renaissance man and ueber compassionate conservative. The droll title leads one to think it's anything other than what it is: A "self-help book in reverse."
Basically, this is Ben waxing dryly humourous on how to totally screw up your life: If you do the exact opposite of what he suggest, then you will succeed. A kind of backwards hermaneutics: From Ben's antithesis, you'll get his thesis for the good life, which if you apply to your everyday habits, will supply a generous synthesis of good vibes.
It is too soon to tell whether or not this book "worked for me," however, here's a clue that Stein is on the right track: If the reader is honest with himself, he will find himself guilty of some of these recipes for disaster. About 1/3 of the loser behaviours Ben outlines I have been, or currently am, engaged in. And you know what? Stein is right; these behaviours have not benefited me, but to some degree or another have conspired "to ruin my life."
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HASH(0x943e7d2c) von 5 Sternen Witty and funny 30. August 2002
Von magellan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Ben Stein has been a securities lawyer, a Nixon speech writer, a game-show host, a journalist, and a speaker on success and financial management. If there's a wittier polymath out there I don't know who it is.
This book takes a perversely witty approach to the subject of success, not by showing you what makes for success, but by showing you 35 things you can do to avoid it. The book consists of brief essays on each of these topics, which include subjects such as never learn any useful skills, be perfectionistic, constantly criticize and never say anything nice to anybody, and in general, act like a jerk to anyone and everybody, including your friends and family (who needs them anyway?).
Stein says he got the idea for the book because, as he points out in the introduction, he's done more things in life than most people, and so he's had more opportunities to see people screw up perfectly good careers and lives than just about anybody else, too. So if you understand what these things are and avoid them, you may not become amazingly successful, but you'll probably do all right and possibly will become a great success yourself someday.
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HASH(0x92f18114) von 5 Sternen Excellent guide on how to save yourself alot of trouble 21. Februar 2005
Von The World's Greatest - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This books is both funny and informative. When I first saw the book and read the title "How to Ruin Your Life" I was immediately intrigued; a book on ruining your life? After picking it up and opening it, it was immediately obvious that it was meant as a guide on how not to ruin your life by doing the opposite of what he tells you to do. I of course thought that I had no use for such a book as I already know how not to ruin my life. But after I read the table of contents I conceded to myself that I did alot of the things he suggests that ruins your life, so I purchased it and read it. It was hilarious, and made me take a much more honest look at myself. Most people are not going to be guilty of all his "recommendations", but many will be guilt of a majority of them. This book shows you how to aviod the pitfalls of ego, selfishness, and laziness. This book is especially usefull for an overconfident young college punk like myself who likes to think I got everything already figured out. I highly recomment this book to anyone.
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HASH(0x92f181f8) von 5 Sternen An easy, fun read. 13. November 2002
Von Josh T. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
If you're a fan of Ben Stein, you'll like this. His dry sense of humor pervades. Next to "No One's Even Bleeding", this is the funniest book I've read all year. Well worth the money.
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