The Entitlement Cure: Finding Success in Doing Hard Things the Right Way  -     By: John Townsend
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Society wants us to believe that life should be easy. Helping us leave that attitude of entitlement behind and find real contentment, Dr. Townsend explores why having no pain is not an option; how to tell when to take a risk; why "shortcuts" always take longer; when it's worth it to disappoint somebody, and more.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0310330521
ISBN-13: 9780310330523

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Today we live in a culture that says, "Life should be easy and work well." This attitude, called entitlement, influences our most important institutions: family, business, church, and government. Its devastating effects contribute to relational problems, work ethic issues, and emotional struggles.

It comes down to this: People are not getting to where they want to go, because they don’t know how to do life the hard way. Entitlement keeps them from tackling challenges and finding success.

But whether readers are struggling with their own sense of entitlement or dealing with someone who acts entitled, The Entitlement Cure will equip them to turn away from a life of mediocrity to a life of engagement, satisfaction, and joy.

Drawing from his experience as a counselor and leadership consultant, renowned psychologist and New York Times bestselling author Dr. John Townsend explores strategies for fighting entitlement, such as:

  • Take a meaningful risk every week
  • Find ways to minimize regret
  • Grasp the value of keeping inconvenient commitments
  • Understand why saying "I don’t know" is the first step toward success.

In a culture that encourages shortcuts and irresponsibility, The Entitlement Cure provides principles and skills to help you both navigate life with those around you who have an entitlement mindset and identify areas in your own life where you are stuck in "easy way" living. Dr. Townsend will show you how to become successful, resolve obstacles in life, and help those around you.

Ultimately, The Entitlement Cure provides practical tools for a life of success that works for anyone.

Author Bio

Dr. John Townsend is a leadership consultant, psychologist, and New York Times bestselling author. He has written twenty-seven books, selling 10 million copies, including the 3 million-selling Boundaries series. John is founder of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling and conducts the Townsend Leadership program. He travels extensively for corporate consulting, speaking, and working with leadership families. He and his wife Barbi have two sons, and live in Newport Beach, California. One of John's favorite hobbies is playing in a band that performs in Southern California lounges and venues. 

Editorial Reviews

The growing entitlement mentality in this country is completely toxic, slowly eating away at our spirits like acid. I’ve said for years that if you want to win, you’ve got to take responsibility. You’ve got to leave the cave, kill something, and then you can drag it home! Personal responsibility may be the hard way, but it’s the only way.
The Entitlement Cure is a powerful book that gives people a true roadmap to success. If you want a better life, starting right now, buy this book.
John has again demonstrated a clear understanding of the reality we all face of feeling entitled about something. With his explanation of the hard way in his new book, The Entitlement Cure, we learn of a path forward, always learning to be vulnerable, affirming others appropriately, taking risks, and knowing the “why” whenever we do something.
Dr. John Townsend has written a helpful and encouraging book to help us deal with the issue of entitlement, whether we see it in others or in ourselves. Overcoming this mindset isn’t easy. It requires discipline, honesty, and responsibility. That’s the hard way, but it’s the only way worth taking.
There are so many real-life examples based on John’s experience and expertise that reinforce why the hard way is the best way and God’s intended way for our success. This is more than a book to read, it’s an engaging conversation with a “friendly” expert.
Buying and reading The Entitlement Cure should be one of the easiest decisions you ever make. Why? Because we all need John Townsend’s life-giving message. Don’t miss out on this compelling and immensely practical book. You will love The Entitlement Cure!
There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth getting to. The Entitlement Cure is full of wisdom, truth, empowerment, and principles that will help you and those around you actually achieve success. I’ve been waiting for this book and could not put it down. It is a new word for our generation.
There is no such thing as “the easy button,” but my friend John Townsend delivers real remedies to today’s entitlement mentality. The Entitlement Cure is a game changer.
Dr. John Townsend is one of the leading psychologists in the world today, and his new book, The Entitlement Cure, will help hundreds of thousands of readers. He describes the hard way as developing the habit of doing what is best, rather than what is most comfortable, to accomplish worthwhile outcomes. In reality, the hard way actually becomes the easiest way to achieve success and love. I highly endorse this book.
The only place where “success” comes before “work” is in the dictionary. Cutting corners is a shortcut to losing --- there is no free lunch. John has hit on one of the most pressing problems facing families, businesses, and society. We have a rising culture of entitlement. The Entitlement Cure is a straightforward illustration and guide to curing this epidemic.
Dr. John Townsend has addressed a devastating result of the disappearance of personal responsibility in our culture--- entitlement. He provides the necessary tools to identify it and a system to deal with it. The Entitlement Cure is a useful addition to everyone’s toolbox.

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  1. Temple, TX
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Read It for Yourself; Read It for Them
    January 13, 2016
    Janet
    Temple, TX
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The author himself gives us two great reasons to read "The Entitlement Cure":

    "This book was written primarily to help you help loved ones and associates who struggle with the entitlement disease. But because we all struggle with that disease in some way--because we all struggle with pocket entitlement--you'll find that many parts of this book address the issues in a more general way, directed as much to you and to me as to the ones we want to help. In truth, all parts of the book are equally applicable to those of us who want to clean up our own act and those children, spouses, and coworkers we want to guide through dealing with their own entitlement issues" (p. 25).

    Throughout the book, author John Townsend helps readers see that the cure for entitlement thinking is choosing to take responsibility for one's own life, choosing to do the hard things that will make one's life better regardless of what other people are doing or not doing. He starts by defining entitlement and explaining why people need a cure. Then he walks readers through each phase of the cure. I appreciated the entitlement and hard way mantras in each chapter that showed in contrast these healthy and unhealthy approaches to life. The skills section at the end of each chapter provides both a summary of the content and specific ways to practice it now.

    I thank Zondervan for sending me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this honest review. It's one I recommend.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Helps us understand our current culture and where it is going wrong
    December 19, 2015
    HenryR
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Reading this I found that it covered many of the areas of current American culture which is creating problems for our society and for our churches as well.
  3. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A very practical book
    November 12, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It seems like entitlement is an attitude that is on the rise. It's the attitude that one is exempt from responsibility and is owed special treatment. Townsend makes it clear he is not writing about those who are truly in need, are incapable, or who are lacking skills. He is writing about the person capable of taking care of him or himself yet expects others to do that.

    Townsend says he has written this book primarily to help those who struggle with entitlement disease. He suggests we all struggle with it a bit, what he calls pocket entitlement. There is a solution, he writes, called the Hard Way. It's the habit of doing what is best, rather than what is comfortable, to achieve a worthwhile outcome. He has good insights into the outcomes of following this path, how change starts at a tipping point, and includes really practical suggestions on how to get and keep going on this Hard Way path.

    This book is also good for someone in relationship with one having entitlement disease. He advises compassion, helping us understand what causes entitlement. He also has great suggestions on how to communicate, such as the appropriate way to give praise. He also suggests ideas that gives the best chance of making a difference in another's life. He helps us see if we are actually enabling the entitlement behavior.

    I was a little skeptical when starting this book, wondering if it would not only identify the disease and its symptoms, but offer a cure. I was happy to find out that Townsend has included practical strategies for the person suffering from entitlement disease and for those who deal with them. Many of his chapters have skills at the end which are questions, suggestions, and challenges centered on the chapter information.

    I highly recommend this book to those who feel entitled and to those who need to relate to them. You'll come to understand what causes the entitlement disease and receive very practical ideas to deal with it. If you or a loved one feels trapped in an attitude of entitlement, this book will help get you on the path to a successful and fulfilled life.

    Food for thought: It's as simple as this: If you want to get somewhere meaningful in life, you need a relationship with pain. You must understand how to use and experience your own pain in ways that get you where you want to go.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  4. Seattle
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    RECALIBRATION: The Entitlement Cure
    October 6, 2015
    InJoy
    Seattle
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have previewed this book and feel it to be extremely helpfulno matter what position or stage of life one happens to be enjoying. It is a must for anyone living with, working with or dealing with peoplewhich includes all of us. We may or not have major personal issues with entitlement, but we undoubtedly have people in our lives who do. However, if we are honest, I am confident we will all find we all have pockets of entitlement in our lives and living. There is so much truth and help in this book for personal and corporate application.

    Dr. Townsend goes to the core issues of our attitude and gives practical assistance for making healthy corrections, as well as giving us understanding and practical advice in relating with others. For example, he clarifies the difference between what we need and what we want and our idea about what we deserve--that it is an earned right rather than something we take for granted. He points us to sober judgment about ourselves, others and our situations and illustrates many ways we can gain a correct attitude and develop self-discipline for a balanced and productive life.

    Every aspect of our culture needs the insights and tools this book offersand the healing that can be gained, if applied. Let it begin with me.

    I am recommending and sharing this book with others and plan to use it as a group study in my church.
  5. Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Do You Feel Entitled?
    September 9, 2015
    GrandaddyA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I first heard of this book, I probably had similar thoughts to what a lot of other people think when they see the title. However, the book has nothing to do with government programs. The book is not political but rather a very strong statement about doing things Gods Way. The subtitle is Finding Success in Doing Hard Things the Right Way. Dr. Townsend talks a lot about the Hard Way versus the Easy Way. I was reminded throughout the book of a gospel song that was popular back in the 60s and 70s entitled Its Not An Easy Road, referring to our journey to Heaven. We all keep looking for the Easy Way but the Bible clearly teaches that the Easy Way leads to destruction. In illustration after illustration the author shows how people constantly have problems when they try to take the Easy Way rather than the Hard Way. In truth, the Hard Way is really the easiest and best when all things are considered. The author starts by describing the disease of entitlement and then proceeds to provide the cure. For me, simply reading the book was a first step in following the Hard Way. Im just as human as the next person and I tend to want what I want when I want it. There were times I had to lay the book down and leave it for a while to let some truth sink in before I was ready for more. In case you are wondering, I am not cured of an entitlement mentality but I have realized it is something that I need to deal with. I had never recognized that I had this disease but all humans do to one extent or another. Dr. Townsend makes a distinction between pocket entitlement and global entitlement. Pocket entitlement refers to a person who accepts responsibility in most areas of his life but at times still feels he deserves something more than he is getting in a job, relationship, or other situation. Global entitlement means the person feels he shouldnt have to be responsible for anything and that everything is owed to him simply because he is breathing. I have known people who thought the way to get others to accept Christ as Savior was to beat them over the head with a Bible. I suspect there will be some who think that same tactic will work with this book but the author cautions against it. The book is not a tool for well-meaning people to go around trying to fix everyone else. You need to read it first and figure out where you need help. Maybe you only have pocket entitlement but address that before you start trying to fix others. It is a book that I highly recommend and plan to share with others. I received an advance reading copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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