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Something for Nothing: The All-Consuming Desire that Turns the American Dream into a Social Nightmare [Hardcover]

By Brian Tracy (Author)
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Item description for Something for Nothing: The All-Consuming Desire that Turns the American Dream into a Social Nightmare by Brian Tracy...

Tracy reveals the social and personal threats inherent in the emerging "grabbing match" culture, explaining how the something-for-nothing mentality corrupts and undermines. He also helps readers set a personal and culture-wide agenda for change.

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America's greatness comes from people working hard to fulfill their dreams. But today that greatness is being undermined by people using the government to steal other people's dreams (and money). Rather than participate and innovate in the marketplace, generating goods and services that benefit society, people are increasingly vying for political advantage to live at the expense of others. "Something for Nothing" reveals the social and personal threats inherent in this emerging "grabbing match" culture, juxtaposing free-market virtues against government vices, explaining how the something-for-nothing mentality corrupts the political system, undermines corporate success, and stifles the individual's ability to prosper and contribute long-term to society. More than exposing the dangers, however, Tracy helps readers set a personal and culture-wide agenda for change.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.74" Height: 0.97"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 9, 2005
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1595550380  
ISBN13  9781595550385  
UPC  020049140246  

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Brian Tracy (Solana Beach, CA) is one of the world's most successful speakers and consultants on personal and profes-sional development, addressing more than 250,000 people a year. He is the author of many books, including Speak to Win (978-0-8144-0157-6), The Power of Charm (978-0-8144-7357-3); Focal Point (978-0-8144-7278-1); Create Your Own Future; Eat That Frog!; and Goals.

Brian Tracy currently resides in Solana Beach, in the state of California. Brian Tracy was born in 1944.

Brian Tracy has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Art of Closing the Sale
  2. Brian Tracy Success Library
  3. La Biblioteca del Exito
  4. Made for Success Collections
  5. Your Coach in a Box

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By the Author of Outstanding You  Sep 12, 2008
Want control of your life? Then get this book. I cite this book in Outstanding You because it talks about personal responsibility, something many people ignore when trying to get fit. This book changed my perspective on so many things and I think it do the same for you. It's not a difficult read and is well planned and presented. The ideas are presented thoughtfully, building on one another and reinforcing the idea that we are all responsible for our own situations and lives.Outstanding You: Discover, Design and Achieve Ultimate Fitness
Brian Tracy's Rantings  Apr 20, 2008
I am writing this review because this book pissed me off; in a good way.

I was expecting a business-centric read, however, it is more about human nature. He spends almost the first 100 pages describing how humans are inherently lazy, greedy, selfish, ambitious, vain, ignorant, impatient, and constantly striving to fulfill their needs for safety, security, comfort, leisure, love, respect, and fulfillment by acquiring money and power. These human characteristics and needs are constants. Our environment is the variable in this equation and that is what this book is really about.

Tracy discusses the environmental systems, such as law, free markets, entrepreneurship, and the idea of freedom, that guide us to be peaceful beings on this Earth. Then Tracy takes us to the dark side. This is where his rants begin and the book gets controversial. Tracy analyzes numerous situations throughout history where people, politicians, businesses, and countries act expediently and feel they deserve entitlements without earning them. This is also the point where I got pissed off because he is right on so many arguments. His research and views have helped me strengthen my own beliefs and realize just how inefficient, corrupt, and fragile our World really is.

Anyone who reads this book will find themselves agreeing and disagreeing with the author and that's what makes this a provocative read. Tracy is very raw and to-the-point. This is really a social study dating back to the Revolutionary War on through the current Iraq War.
An Eyeopener!  Aug 28, 2007
This is a bit of a different book than Brian Tracy's usual but I found it great! Brian has researched into how many people in society are not taking responsibility and what we can do about it. Too bad Brian isn't running for the US Presidency, he'd be great in the White House
Vitriolic discourse on responsible living  Aug 9, 2007
"Something for Nothing" is Brian Tracy's cry for a social reform in America where people are encouraged by law to live responsibly and everyone is taxed equally. Throughout the book he poses a question "where did people get a notion that the world owes them a living" and then points finger to different elements from the universal law of least resistance that is wired in everything in nature, including in human beings (when it gets to humans he is labelling it either "laziness" or "expedience"), to upbringing of children, and then to laws, regulations and social customs. He gives examples of situations where people who were receiving financial assistance from welfare miraculously found jobs when the support from welfare was discontinued. He sounds bewildered and enraged because the governmental system is essentially punishing people who are willing to work by taxing them and then giving that money to those who are unwilling to work - and he has a point there. It is a ridiculous system and the system should be changed to encourage all people who are mentally and physically capable to work to contribute to society in some constructive way and to be responsible for their
financial needs. I think that instead, people should be helped to discover their talents, to develop abilities and to contribute to the wellbeing of the society by sharing their skills.
Some people are more self-motivated or spiritually conscious and feel propelled to contribute to the world in some constructive way through the inner drive, an urge to justify their existence in this world through the contribution they can make, some people's souls cry for creative expression louder than those of others, while some act more like little children who need motivation and direction from the outside.

In spite of some good points, the tone of this book is rather condescending and cynical, which I found surprising coming from a man who wrote a book on the power of charm, and many other motivational books.
look, if you are a liberal AND are CLOSED minded, you won't like what you will read, because your world will come tumbling down  Jan 5, 2007
Look, if you are a liberal AND are CLOSED minded, then you won't like what you will discover in this book, because your world will come tumbling down. And if you are in support of large government and think that world owes you something, then you also won't like this book either. BUT, that's the worst problem about this book. The people who will hate it are actually the same people this book was intended to help.

Next, if you are open minded, and want to read some of the most compelling arguments of what is plaguing out western democracies, then this book is a must and absolutely the best place to start. I liked it so much i bought 7 of them to give out as gifts.

The next huge point to understand,,, this book is NOT just about politics. Sure, politics is the stage which Brian uses to get his point across, BUT, if you were to read this book and internally reflect about how it applies to you personally, and how it applies to those around you, you will be amazed at how powerful the societal influences have been upon all of us up until now. This book is really a book about human nature. But then again, I am just a Lazy, Greedy, Ambitious, Impatient, Selfish, Vain, Ignorant, and Expedient,,, so what do I know?

Additionally, even though Brian says that it is estimated that I am wrong at least 70% of the time, I am banking on being part of the 30% this time and I couldn't recommend this book any more highly.

The way I see it, your thoughts lead to your feelings, and your feelings leads to your actions, and your actions lead to your results. Let's face it, if you keep doing what you are doing, you are going to keep gettting the same results your are getting right now. So, if you want to get different results than you are getting now, then you need to start thinking differently. This book might just be that wake up call you need to change your perspective on some key things. If you adopt to even some of this new thinking, the change and results in your life will be tremendous.

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