Have you ever had a bald man in a orange jacket and zebra-striped boots yell at you? I have – and let me say it got my attention.
A few years ago, Larry Winget, aka The Pitbull of Personal Development, gave the keynote speech at a conference I was attending. It was several days later that I realized this was the same guy I had seen as host of A&E’s Big Spender.
I was enamored with his nearly offensive, tell-it-like-it-is attitude and immediate bought one of his books (Shut Up, Stop Whining and Get a Life) and read it cover to cover. Larry’s lessons on personal responsibility have certainly shaped who I have grown into over the past few years and I, to this day, rely on his 18 Guiding Principles for Success, Happiness and Prosperity. I have this postcard hanging at my desk.
In this post, I want to share with you Larry Winget’s 18 Guiding Principles for Satisfaction, Happiness and Productivity in Scrapbooking. Please take them for both the core message and the tongue-and-cheek manner in which that were written.
- Take Responsibility. Don’t take on CT work if you’re a slacker.
- Love. If you hate it, trash it. I don’t care if you bought it just a month ago.
- Focus. Stop the chit chat and spend more time scrapping.
- Ask. No one will think you’re stupid if you ask a question.
- Keep it Simple. You’re too busy for every LO to be fine art.
- Be Positive. You’re also too busy to have time for talking smack.
- Learn. Keep your eyes open; there will always be better scrappers than you.
- Be Flexible. Stop surfing and make the most out of 15 minutes of time.
- Believe. Have more confidence in your skills and your LOs will suck less.
- Serve. You’re never too experienced to answer a newbie’s question.
- Give. Participate in charitable scrap-related activities.
- Speak Up. If you see piracy happening, call them out.
- Lighten Up. Other people are too busy to comment on your LO.
- Be Thankful. You’ve got money to pay for things that aren’t real.
- Expect the Best. Have the confidence to apply to that dream CT.
- Be Prepared for the Worst. When was the last time you backed up?
- Celebrate it All. You’re not a pro photographer, so just enjoy your photos.
- Discover your Uniqueness. Scrap the way you want to scrap.
As a bonus, we’ve got four additional tips from Larry to help you get your head on straight.
- Stop complaining that you have lost your mojo.
- It’s your fault that your scrapping sucks.
- If you have time to watch TV, then you have time to scrap.
- Shut up, stop whining, and get scrapping!