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The 5 Best Books on Laziness Success & Self-Motivation: Do You Really Have to Be Diligent? {Review}

Corinne Maier spokes out things that most of the least say so openly and would have been almost quit. Some people find some positive tips - I find it entertaining, refreshing and very courageous. The tips, however, there are in the second presented title.

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Absurd truths

Maier's thesis: In modern Company He does not keep his job, which works the most and is committed, but the one who knows how to make life in the office everyday as pleasant as possible - and to tease as little as possible.

This paradox, which has long since become the absurd truth in most companies, is examined in detail by the author.

Of corporate talk and scapegoats

Starting with the no-man's language, which everyone speaks, but no one understands all the way up to the lump sum for all responsible fool that exists in every company, merciless word and hierarchy pennsles are called by name, which seem familiar to anyone who ever in a company.

And since it is pointless to change the system and no one is measured by the quality of its work, but rather by its adaptability, Corinne Maier gives those useful tips and empirical values ​​that have become aware of the excessive absurdity of the system are.

Misleading, but good!

Of course she is frustrated, but she packs it witty and subtle. Of course, this book contains no concrete active instructions, but rather a call to refuse to work. But at the same time the author proves with her book practically to itself as an example that one can do something - and shows at the same time how exaggerated your own theses are.

And clear, the title is completely wrong and simply misleading. Only: Anyone who expected instructions on how to be lazy in the office under the title should perhaps have just read the blurb beforehand. It quickly becomes clear that this is a pamphlet disguised as a guide - and that is again a rather ironic marketing strategy.

New mother of the successful literature reissued

For me, a book from a subject that is just next to esotericism is a good fit. Reason: it is one of the first works in successful literature and was, so to speak, the blueprint for The Secret. The book has been reissued by Börsenmediem Verlag. For me the reason to take a critical look at it.

First published at the beginning of the last century, The Science, The Path to Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles, born in 1860, is one of the classics of successful literature. Reason enough to take a closer look at the new work published by Books4Success Verlag.

To be rich does not go by saving!

The new hype surrounding the book was sparked by Rhonda Byrne. She cited The Science of Being Rich as the source of inspiration for her world bestseller The Secret. And the book can actually serve as a source of inspiration.

Provided one is not disturbed by the high tone of the preacher, and can not be exasperated by the categorical demand to rigorously eliminate all the plagues of life (from poverty to disease).

The potential is there, we just have to realize it

The science of being rich, as the title is originally called, is based on the assumption that everything you see on earth is formed from an original substance from which all things emerge. And Wattles is convinced that there is no shortage of this substance, because the universe is made of it.

However Wattles came to this conclusion, it coincides pretty much exactly with the findings of modern physics. But Wattles makes it a religion, in the center of which he places the thinking man. He can intervene thinkingly and formally into this substance, he says, if he strives hard enough.

The foundation stone for the universe

In doing so, he laid the foundation for today's make a wish for the universe literature. But that's not the point for him. The goal of Wallce D. Wattles is to develop body, soul and spirit in such a way that everyone benefits from the fullness of life.

Interesting are the conclusions Wattles draws from his assumptions. His core theme is that thoughts determine reality. Today there is broad consensus on this as well (e.g. self-fulfilling prophecy).

Thoughts determine the reality

Building on this, he describes a program that, in its urgency, can still develop astonishing power today. This includes the formulation of a clear vision (the basis of every mental training today), the unconditional will to give your best now (not yesterday, not tomorrow).

But also consciously to feel gratitude towards the possibilities and the people. Moreover, a key element of his program is to open oneself to success if he chooses (kairos).

Apart from the somewhat crude theoretical framework, the book is just as brief (138 pages) as it is an impressive invitation to find out more about his objectives and to clarify wishes and to strive for their realization with all your might. And that's still an important clue, even a hundred years after the first edition was published.

Set and achieve personal goals

And if you want to make good intentions again? Especially like this happens at the turn of the year, but also on other occasions: No more smoking, more sports, no longer put their own light under the bushel? Well, we have the right book tip for you: The new book by Martin Witschier.

You already know how it doesn't work. The expert for long-term (!) Behavior change shows you what your inner drivers are and how you can use them to your advantage. Just right for the new year. Martin Wittschier's book How It Doesn't Work, You Know Already appears at the best possible time before the turn of the year, when many people want changes in their own behavior but cannot find the right approach.

Be captain of your own life

Quit smoking, do more exercise, spend more time with family, not from coworkers or colleagues Manager Let yourself be stressed - that is often on the unwritten New Year's wish list.

I decided to become the captain of my life! Wittschiers writes at one point., His advisor provides the right timetable for this - in the three stages of the EVA method (knowledge phase, preparation phase, action phase) he helps you to transform loose ideas into real goals.

Away with the inner pig dog

Recognize how the subconscious intervenes and how one focused on the result Motivation Leaving your weaker self behind - that is the essence of the advisor.

And, of course, it's also about what new behaviors you bring closer to the goal, which are still disturbing, but can be filed much easier than you currently suspect. What differentiates Wittschier's book from other personal coaching advisors is the narrative: It is a gentle motivational speaker who takes the fear of change almost incidentally.

Soft motivation

The author writes in the context of a personal everyday story and introduces a mysterious mentor at an early stage, who, in the course of the book in the form of dialogues and exercises, explains the EVA principle so universally applicable to life goals.

The frame recalls Sofie's world. Wittschier, however, does not have the philosophy in view, but the inner impulses, which help to finally realize the desires that have long been painfully dying of the bad conscience. Good packaging, good content.

How laziness prevents us from success

Success would be something nice - if it weren't for our inner weaker self, our own laziness, which prevents us from implementing ideas and being successful. How can we outsmart this bastard? Maybe Günter will help?

Everyone knows Günter by now, that is the pig dog who so often tries to keep us (and Stefan Frädrich) from doing what is actually good, meaningful and sensible. But also new, uncertain - and maybe even exhausting. Günter also often gets in our way in business, so it is only to be welcomed that motivation expert Frädrich points out all the traps that Günter also sets us in professional life.

Because the pig dog just lurks everywhere!

There are people who give their car a name. Or your smartphone. Your cuddly toy anyway. Stefan Frädrich, a doctor of medicine and an expert in self-motivation, has given his weaker self a name.

He calls him Günter. Strictly speaking, Günter is not the inner pig dog of Stefan Frädrich, but of us all. However, Frädrich has developed a special, intimate, or even almost an intimate relationship with his inner pig dog.

Günter, take a seat

He has researched it thoroughly and knows exactly how he is ticking, he knows all his tricks and persuasions and can not fool him anymore.

Frädrich has his weaker self under control, and when Frädrich says: Günter, make room! Then Günter makes room. Basta.

Selling - being a boss - becoming an entrepreneur

In the meantime Frädrich has written a whole series of Günter books. Now he's brought out another one. It's called The Günter Principle for Business.

This is how you become pigdogs successful and is in some ways the updated summary of his earlier books Günter Learns sell, Günter, the weaker self, becomes the boss and Günter, the weaker self, becomes an entrepreneur.

Additional chapters and reflections

The texts are updated and enriched with many additional chapters and reflections, so that even those who already know the earlier books can read this new book profitable.

And besides, we know from school that repetition is extremely important so that what you have learned really fits. And anyone who does not know the three aforementioned older books by Fredriks, well, has an even better reason to read the new one.

As you know it from Stefan Frädrich, The Günter Principle for Business is easy and effortless to read. Still, you learn a lot. You could say: The Günter principle for business is infotainment between two book covers. Knew how!

Harmful simplicity

There are countless tips for motivation circulating. What really drives us and how do we motivate ourselves to die? A statement from ZDF presenter Steffen Kirchner.

Unfortunately, many of these alleged motivational tips are of no use, but rather harm, because they do not work in everyday life and in their simplicity you just have to want to often cause us rejection, so that we subsequently turn away from the motivational theories.

But of course there are also many good and well-founded tips on motivation - you just have to separate the wheat from the chaff. That is exactly what Steffen Kirchner does with his book Totmotiviert ?. He exposes common motivational lies and explains what really helps to strengthen motivation.

Pseudocoaching and motivational myths - a statement

The times of the cheapest fast food motivation are drawing to a close. Many people have simply had enough of the eternal evocation of belief in themselves, of the tireless appeal à la You just have to want it right and, above all, of this senseless Taschakka theater for self-encouragement.

The quote sums up what author Steffen Kirchner is about in his book Totmotiviert. His advice is an angry, often amusing account of the sleight of hand of the trainer, including information on actually effective motivation techniques.

Stop the awkward chakka roar

Even if Kirchner (whom you perhaps only know as a sportsmoderator of ZDF or Sky) at the beginning of his book, he emphasizes so often that he does not want to be considered as a nest-muddler: Ross and riders get their fat away.

Carsten Maschmeyer and the Tschakka inventor Emile Ratelband will not have much fun with the book (especially the passages in which they are named). Everyone else will read the book with pleasure. Kirchner's pointed letter ensures the best entertainment.

The problem with denying problems

The pseudo-methods of many coaches are systematically unmasked: First, the author calls the pseudo-thesis, then checks the truth and finally works out what is still tenable from the original claim. Not much at all.

Then he completely transforms it into a new, valid approach. A total of 13 of the most common motivational lies are disposed of in this way.

Successes can not be programmed

This includes, for example, the promise of being able to program yourself for success. Success, according to Kirchner, cannot be programmed, but is the result of wrong decisions from which we learn.

Even phrases like there are no problems. There are only challenges coming into the shredder. Kirchner succinctly: The problem is that many believe they shouldn't have any problems.

What do Schwarzenegger, Kate Moss and Robbie Williams have in common?

There are many problems with this: Or what do you think Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lionel Messi, Kate Moss and Robbie Williams have in common?

No matter what you're tapping on, it's probably wrong. Because these world stars have the low Ego common: self-doubt, an unbalanced mental life. So away with the assertion that only a stable mental situation creates a sense of achievement.

Self-awareness does not fall from heaven

There are countless counterexamples. And self-confidence doesn't fall from the sky anyway. In fact, says Kirchner, it works like a muscle that needs to be trained on a daily basis: great successes in life often start with small deeds.

Perhaps the best motivational and self-coaching book of the year. With a touch of ironic bitchiness, Kirchner throws many of her fellow trainers their truisms in the ears and shows what really matters when you progress want. Recommendation!

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