Basic Principles of Living By Larry Winget

by Stephen Mills on September 27, 2009

Larry Winget

Sometimes just a few words say about all that needs to be said:

  • Your life is your own damn fault.
  • Take responsibility for it.
  • Learn what you need to do to fix it.
  • Take action on what you’ve learned.
  • Enjoy the results.

— Larry Winget

What do you think? Leave a comment below.


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Jay Schryer September 27, 2009 at 11:55 am

This is perfect! However, like so many other things, the real trick lies in the “take action” step. The rest comes easy, but without action, it’s meaningless.
.-= Jay Schryer´s last blog ..These Dreams =-.


Stephen Mills September 27, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Hi Jay! Oh come on now, surely you agree we can just think our way to success? You mean we have to actually do something? 🙂


Positively Present September 27, 2009 at 5:01 pm

LOVE those principles. They are so true. Taking responsibility for our lives is one of the most important things we can do. Thanks for sharing these!
.-= Positively Present´s last blog ..words to live by: dare you to move =-.


Stephen Mills September 27, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Thank you Dani!


Jonny September 27, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Unfortunately I would have to disagree with you. Ones life is not always there own damn fault. I have seen too many children begging in Bangkok who are less then five years old to believe that their situation is somehow there own fault.


Stephen Mills September 27, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Jonny, thanks for commenting. You aren’t disagreeing with me. Obviously, I thought, this was not intended to apply to toddlers. You expect people to apply reasonableness filters without having to waste time spelling out every possible exception to a generalization.


Gordie Rogers September 27, 2009 at 8:56 pm

I like it. I know that it applies to me. One of the more punchiest posts I’ve come across. Short and sweet.
.-= Gordie Rogers´s last blog ..Saturday Spew and Shout Out: September 26th 2009. =-.


Stephen Mills September 28, 2009 at 5:09 am

Gordie, Hi! I needed a short and sweet article. Sometimes I go on and on 🙂 Thanks for commenting!


Lance September 27, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Hi Stephen,
I’m a bit mixed on this. On the one hand, I like the simplicity of this – it’s short and to the point. And for someone who is well-evolved, this works, and could work very well. I wonder, though, how the line “Your life is your own damn fault.” would be perceived by someone more susceptible to what might feel like discouragement.

For me – it feels like that line says I’m where I’m at because of what I’ve done to get me there. And for me – that’s the good kind of kick in the pants that is a very good thing. So I like this all very much. I just think, for some people, it might feel a bit harsh….

My take, anyway…
.-= Lance´s last blog ..Sunday Thought For The Day =-.


Stephen Mills September 28, 2009 at 5:08 am

Lance, I’m sure it does feel harsh to some. If you’ve ever read Larry, that’s his style and I’m sure it doesn’t work for everyone. It’s just another way of saying don’t play the victim. Thanks for stopping by!


Vin - NaturalBias September 28, 2009 at 7:41 am

I’m sure you know from reading my blog that I love those first two lines. 🙂
.-= Vin – NaturalBias´s last blog ..Super Size Me: Is Fast Food Really to Blame? =-.


Stephen - Rat Race Trap October 3, 2009 at 8:03 am

Hi Vin, yes I knew you would love those. 🙂


Andrew Blanda October 3, 2009 at 2:04 am

I like simple things, and for that reason alone I LOVE the above tips for their simplicity and brevity. Great stuff Stephen (+ Larry 🙂
.-= Andrew Blanda´s last blog ..Freaky Stuff Happens =-.


Stephen Mills October 3, 2009 at 8:04 am

Andrew I love simple things too. I’m loving it more and more as time goes on, but sometimes I forget.


Andrew Blanda October 3, 2009 at 2:07 am

Lance, one thing I’ll comment on about the first line being possible as a discouragement – for the most part (MY generalisation) people need to be shocked into the realisation that they have a large part to play in their own lives. The first line about being ‘your damn fault’ is what this aims to achieve. The ‘damn’ piece may be too strong for some, but the gist of the line is no less important.

.-= Andrew Blanda´s last blog ..Freaky Stuff Happens =-.


Tess The Bold Life November 9, 2009 at 9:08 am

I love Larry’s philosophy. Saw him speak in Phoenix. However, I do think he’s full of himself and quite judgmental. He needs more balance!
.-= Tess The Bold Life´s last blog ..They Said She Couldn’t…She Did It Anyway =-.


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