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The Crappy Charity Challenge and Book Giveaway!

This seems slightly more creepy than charitable, no?


Larry Winget has my number (despite the fact that I nearly wrote his name as Larry Wingnut).  He's the abrasive, caustic and hilarious author of People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It!  and he understands exactly why people don't live up to their potential.  He's identified the ten ways people sabotage their success:

1. People are ignorant.

2. People are stupid.

3. People are lazy.

4. People don't give a ***.

5. People lack vision.

6. People have low expectations.

7. People don't recognize the consequences of their actions.

8. People have bad habits.

9. People have poor role models.

10. People have no plan.

I certainly am guilty of #3, #6, #8 and #10, particularly when it comes to running.

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you will remember that I've made several references to running (or lack thereof) throughout the past few weeks.  I used to easily identify myself as a runner.  I ran a half marathon in 2007 and finished it in 2 hours and 38 minutes.  I trained for a full marathon in 2008, and ended up walking half of it because of a foot injury the day of the run.  (This experience helped me to decide that the half marathon is my event).  However, my running shoes have been gathering dust for some time and I have felt like the 26.2 keychain I carry is something of a lie.  A friend recently told me how he needed a negative consequence (that is, a stick) rather than a postive motivator (that is, a carrot) to get him to do things, and so he began the crappy charity challenge.

In short, you choose a big goal for the year, and choose a charity you do not believe in to benefit if you miss your goal.  So for me, I am setting myself the goal of running 500 miles in 2012 (and that's running, not walking or loping or ambling or shuffling), or else I will have to write a $350 check to my crappy charity.*

What does this all have to do with Larry Winget?  I'm glad you asked.

Mr. Winget offers a great deal of no-nonsense advice about overcoming the obstacles you put in your way that keep you from the life you want to live.  While I have not met Mr. Winget in person, I suspect that he would love to see me motivate myself, no matter how comically, to do the things that I really want to do in my life.

In honor of his honorary and straight-talking mensch-hood, Live Like a Mensch is offering its first ever giveaway!

The prize: People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It by Larry Winget (a retail value of $25).

Enter to win by posting a comment below.  I will choose a winner via random drawing on Monday, January 9 and notify the big winner via email.

And since we're so close to New Years, why not motivate yourself to do great things in 2012 with a crappy charity challenge of your own?  Post about your challenge (and mentioning the name of the charity is entirely up to you!)  Larry would be proud of you.

Stop back periodically throughout 2012 to see how I'm doing on my crappy running/charity challenge.  I'll be keeping a regular tally of miles run throughout the year.

*Since one woman's crappy charity is another person's great cause, I'm going to keep my charity secret.  Needless to say, I would HATE to have this organization have a chunk of my money.



Live Like a Mensch said:

Friday evening, J and I invited some friends over for an evening of holiday festivities: eating latkes

December 27, 2011 11:10 PM

The Dollar Stretcher said:

Happy New Year to all my Frugal Friends! Are you a big fan of New Year's resolutions? I'm not

December 28, 2011 10:33 AM

whitney37354 said:

The book sounds like a good read!  Maybe a negative motivator is what I need to do those things I want to get done every year, & never accomplish.

December 28, 2011 11:53 AM

Live Like a Mensch said:

The Mensch family is on the road. There is nothing like a vacation to help you see the huge differences

December 28, 2011 4:03 PM

amanda j said:

Sounds like an interesting read but I'm not convinced negative motivation would work for me.

December 28, 2011 4:42 PM

subk said:

Wow, I didn't think of negative motivation!  Just might work for me! LOL

December 28, 2011 5:14 PM

tiffanyrodi said:

I run 3 days a week and the motivation I use is that I can't eat breakfast until I have run. It works for me since I guess I am most motivated by food - just like our dog!

December 28, 2011 9:25 PM

Gary said:

I'm more of a positive motivator, too. Just don't like negative things in my life in any form. But, then again, I'm just a happy guy!

December 29, 2011 9:18 AM

Millers Grain House said:

I think this book would be a great swift kick in the hind-end needed to kick off 2012!

Let's see where I stand on that list......(please read as tongue-in-cheek with a hint of transparent reality)

1. People are ignorant. (Only in areas I choose to be ignorant while feigning 'bliss')

2. People are stupid. (I resemble that last remark before my coffee)

3. People are lazy. (Is getting distracted on the internet  justification for laziness?)

4. People don't give a ***. (Meh....Yep)

5. People lack vision. (Without one we certainly do parish)

6. People have low expectations. (Motto: Don't try - don't fail!)

7. People don't recognize the consequences of their actions. (Lala-land has far less rules of cause and effect than real life does...so let's make decisions there!)

8. People have bad habits. (Being loaded with them as such second nature, I can't even find them to point them out.)

9. People have poor role models. (Ain't that the truth. Then perpetuate being a poor role model and blame it on their choice of role models...wait, what?)

10. People have no plan. (Or....maybe too MANY plans! Plans 'A' through 'Y' get thwarted by other people or circumstances.... Like us, due to events in life we are on plan Z for 2012. Looks like a decisive year... no more letters left!)

Sorry, long comment....but couldn't help but have some fun with that list..(o:



December 29, 2011 10:19 AM

Live Like a Mensch said:

The cash from my wallet seems to be vanishing into thin air. Before we left for North Carolina, I carefully

December 29, 2011 2:01 PM

frugal_fun said:

Negative consequences sometimes are far more powerful than positive ones.  :)

December 29, 2011 4:25 PM

Live Like a Mensch said:

As we're closing out the last few days of 2011, I'd like to take a few moments to bid 2012 a

December 30, 2011 2:10 PM

Aiti said:

I enjoyed reading the list of ways people sabotage their success.  Most of us know ourselves well enough to relate to some of them, I'm sure!  I'm not a big fan of making resolutions just because it's January.  However, I do need to make changes.  I KNOW what I need to change, I just don't DO it.  This year I'll focus on spending time working toward my goals and not spending my time being sidetracked by insignificant time-wasters.

January 2, 2012 9:16 AM

LillyMoon said:

I have to agree that negative motivation is effective but fear and panic  just take too much out of me!  I would love to find a mind set that would keep me on the desired path.

January 2, 2012 9:23 AM

Live Like a Mensch said:

One of the parenting secrets that they never tell you is the fact that babies add and additional 67 minutes

January 2, 2012 12:39 PM

Live Like a Mensch said:

There's really a very good reason why my husband's roller blades (size 11, worn once) are rattling

January 3, 2012 2:36 PM

RAO said:

Looks like an interesting read!  this year resolved to exercise - bought a (used) rowing machine ($10 at the Goodwill!) and will try to use is for 1/2 hour every weekday or at least as long as an episode of Big Bang Theory.  I know I could do it if properly motivated, though honestly have not quite gotten there - hoping to be there soon!  Good luck on your running challenge.

January 3, 2012 2:42 PM

Live Like a Mensch said:

We're in day 4 of our Financial Fast, and I'm already starting to see some problems coming: 1

January 4, 2012 11:09 AM

Live Like a Mensch said:

Photo Courtesy Świąteczne lenistwo... As a Jewish mother, I have both an overdeveloped worry lobe and

January 6, 2012 6:01 PM

Live Like a Mensch said:

Photo Courtesy Świąteczne lenistwo... As a Jewish mother, I have both an overdeveloped worry lobe and

January 7, 2012 9:29 AM

Live Like a Mensch said:

Tiffany Rodi! Thank you to everyone who entered the book giveaway .

January 9, 2012 10:58 AM

Live Like a Mensch said:

Image courtesy of Michelangelo. (And for the record, no I'm really not that arrogant! It's just

March 15, 2012 5:21 PM

Live Like a Mensch said:

Photo courtesy of Peter van der Sluijs, whose name I had to triple check that I was spelling correctly

March 30, 2012 5:11 PM

Live Like a Mensch said:

Photo courtesy of Dan Brady Despite the fact that I am both under the age of 50 and living in the year

April 20, 2012 4:23 PM

Live Like a Mensch said:

Photo courtesy of Brandon.wiggins We have reached the time of year when I most enjoy running. The sun

May 15, 2012 11:30 AM

Live Like a Mensch said:

Photo courtesy of Jamcelsus Well. Um. Well. It's looking a bit dire. I'm currently at 354 miles

October 31, 2012 12:31 PM

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