How Successful People Win by Ben Stein
Using Bunkhouse Logic to Get What You Want in Life

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How Successful People Win is a serious self-help book using as its central metaphor the life of the cowboy and his behavior as he leaves his bunkhouse. Based upon a lifetime of observation of the successful and how they got that way, Ben Stein suggests that you imitate the determination, inner mobility, activity, flexibility—and the refusal to indulge in self-pity—of the cowboy in order to get what you want out of life.
        The idea is that if you never indulge in making excuses, refuse to let other people’s hangups get in your way, and move deliberately toward clearly thought-out goals, you will get where you want to go. Just as the cowboy refuses to allow himself to get sidetracked by trivia, so can you refuse to allow life’s inevitable challenges and distractions mar your own success and happiness. The choice is yours.

 

About Ben Stein

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BENJAMIN STEIN, PE, is a consulting engineer and former associate professor at B'zalel Institute's School of Environmental Design in Jerusalem. He worked in New York City for over 25 years as a consulting engineer. He is coauthor of Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings- a text for architecture students, now in its eighth edition, also available from Wiley. Ben Stein can be seen talking about finance on Fox TV news every week. He is known to many as a movie and television personality, but has probably worked more in personal and corporate finance than anything else. He has written about finance for "Barron's" and "The Wall Street Journal" for decades and contributes regularly to the AARP's "Modern Maturity" (now "AARP: The Magazine"). He was one of the chief busters of the junk bond frauds of the 1980s, has been a long-time critic of corporate executives' self-dealing, and has written several self-help books about personal finance. Phil DeMuth was valedictorian of his class at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1972, then got his master's in communications and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. An investment psychologist with a longstanding interest in the stock market, he has written for "The Wall Street Journal" and "Barron's," as well as "Human Behavior "and "Psychology Today." His opinions have been quoted on theStreet.com and "Fortune Magazine" and is president of Conservative Wealth Management in Los Angeles.
 
Published April 1, 2006 by New Beginnings Press. 161 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Unlike most entries in the self-help field, Stein's writing is dark, funny and devoid of sunny aphorisms: readers should accept that life is a series of potentially debilitating blows, forego ""illusions that anything will work out in a just or decent or proper way,"" realize that ""constant ass-...

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