Views on Entitlement


“Finding your life’s work involves taking risks.” ~ Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

Ok, so, I am a self-professed personal growth junky. It comes from my interest in human behavior. I’m entitled to be that way, I suppose, as long as I don’t spend too much time reading about life rather than living it and enjoying the results.

An author, Dr. John Townsend, recently sent me an Advance Readers Copy (ARC) of The Entitlement Cure: Finding Success in Doing Hard Things the Right Way to review. I was psyched when it arrived in my mailbox! Why? Because as long as I am on this Earth, there is room for more self-improvement.

The book is dedicated “To all who live life the hard way, because life works best that way.” 

Haven’t most of us experienced some of that? In my own life I know faith and hope ( basic fundamentals) have kept me moving forward and optimistic when facing challenges.

Hard knocks bring the biggest challenges paired with opportunity for change and a reason to prove something to ourselves.

The good news according to Dr. Townsend is none of us are exempt from a little entitlement (he refers to this as pocket entitlement). We are made that way from our Creator and there is a cure for those who suffer from more entitlement than what is considered normal.

The author, Dr. John Townsend, a leadership expert, psychologist, public speaker and NY Times best-selling author of Boundaries gives strategies that help individuals understand that the “easy way” is not the best way. It is what brings about feelings of entitlement in the first place.

I highly recommend this publication. Here is more about the author and the book.

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Flip of a Coin


“The most splendid achievement of all is the constant striving to surpass yourself and to be worthy of  your own approval.”            ~Denis Waitley

Rumor has it there has been a softening of the hearts of those who typically review traditionally published books only. I have heard that book reviewers employed by trade magazines, such as Publisher’s  Weekly are now more accepting of putting their declaration of approval on books that are independently published. To me, this is a sign that independently published books have gained respect and a prestigious place in the world of booksellers and reviewers.

From all that I have read, movie goers and book buyers are now more frequently seeking advance information on books and films through the internet. Readers seem to be relying less and less on traditional review resources like trade magazines. Potential book buyers and movie goers are heading for blogsites and websites to catch all the latest “buzz” on books and films.

Some books and films that come highly recommended “crash and burn,” in my opinion. Sometimes it can be attributed to all the over-rated “hype”, leading to dissapointment. My personal opinion is that “one man’s treasure is another man’s trash.” A good book or film review never guarantees anything, as I see it.

What do you think? Do  you think book and film reviews influence what people buy and watch? Do you like knowing other’s notions and opinions of books and films, or would you rather rate them yourself? Do you think word of mouth has more power in selling books and films to their potential audience? Let us hear from you!

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