• The Entitlement Cure

  • Finding Success at Work and in Relationships in a Shortcut World
  • By: Dr. John Townsend
  • Narrated by: Dr. John Townsend
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (273 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Do you have anyone in your life who can't seem to stick with a project, meet a deadline, or even clean up after themselves? All of us feel we deserve special treatment sometimes. Some people live with this entitled attitude, such as:

  • Professionals who wander from job to job looking for a boss who will see them as amazing as they consider themselves to be - whether they're productive or not
  • Young adults who refuse to grow up and so go nowhere
  • Spouses or dates who believe, "I'm special, and I deserve more than you're giving me"
  • Leaders who expect special treatment because of their position, not because of their character

If you have a difficult relationship with an entitled person, or if you have discovered entitlement in yourself, understand this: It doesn't have to stay this way. There is a cure. It's called the Hard Way and it works.

In The Entitlement Cure, Dr. John Townsend explains that the Hard Way is a habit that focuses on doing whatever is needed even if it is difficult, uncomfortable, takes longer, and requires more energy. Dr. Townsend offers daily steps, such as risk-taking, to help you or those you love choose the Hard Way.

Ultimately, entitlement fails us. We don't develop the character abilities and relationships necessary to reach success and become the people God intended us to be. By contrast, Hard Way people have better relationships, reach their goals, have a clear job direction, enjoy rich spiritual growth, and are equipped to face and solve challenges.

As Dr. Townsend writes, "Stand against entitlement in every form in which it manifests itself. Resolve your own tendencies toward the disease. Be a loving and firm force for helping those in its trap to find life and hope. And you will make the world a better place". Discover why the Hard Way is the best way in this practical guide to true success.

©2015 Dr. John Townsend (P)2015 Zondervan

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Very, very religious

The author has some very good points, but unless you are an extreme Christian, the preaching gets really old and very annoying fast. He quotes more bible verses then I have ever heard used in this type of book. If I had known the book was this preachy I would never bought it. The sad part is I think he could have made a really good program without all the religious scripture and help many more people.

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Read this book rather than listen

Dr. John Townsend has written another much needed book. It is great for those who live with or work with a narcissistic person. I believe, however, that a professional narrator might have done better in reading the book.
I had a difficult time paying attention to and digesting some of the information. I felt as though I was sitting in a university Masters class with a professor that was limited by time restraints. Just a little more slowly read with a few pauses would make all the difference in the world. I say this to inform you that you need to be ready to intently concentrate. Reading the book might help you get more out of it than listening.

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Essential listening for anyone who feels stuck.

I love this man's wise words. If you don't know why you are stuck in life...listen to this, chances are you are living in entitlement.

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A religious rant...

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A confused Christian rant based on entitlement is selfishness and selfishness is sin. Thus, don't be selfish and then you won't be entitled... but also be sure you take risks and jump from cliffs because that's not entitlement; that's healthy. Lol!

I guess I just have a different perception of what "entitlement" means.

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Very good book

I am not Christian. While this book makes lots of references to Bible, the message is universal.

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Perfect Voice.

I am so glad this book was read by the author. That is always much more enjoyable to me. The content is impeccable as well. I have read many of John's books, and have attended his seminars, and The topic of this book really encapsulates an issue that I have felt in my life. I am grateful for the read.

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Helped me to develop discipline

Where does The Entitlement Cure rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the second audiobook I've ever listened to (first one was in 2009 and now its 2016), and it was my reason for joining audible because I wanted to read it so badly. This sets a very high standard for audiobooks I will listen to in the future; was very helpful so much that I bought a physical copy to read it again.

What did you like best about this story?

Well worded, the syntax and writing style is very understandable, relaxed, and thorough. I felt like some sections/examples/descriptions described myself or others in my mind to a T. Chapter 6 was especially life changing for me to develop the structure, and very concrete, doable strategies to bring about discipline. I also very much enjoyed the various scripture references, for that extra understanding and motivation.

What about John Townsend’s performance did you like?

The narration was awesome and the narrator really points out parts of the text I would most likely go over without particularly noting if I was reading the physical copy. His tone of voice and clarity helped bring the message of this book home much better for my own perspective.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, it made me cry a few times as I could personally relate to many of the entitlement examples, and of the common feelings these mentioned people felt: overwhelmed, discouraged, deserving, etc. But the text of the book is very graceful that it doesn't criticize the person-who-needs-help as much as it rather meets you where you are, and tries to help you, and provides a guideline for your building of structure.

Any additional comments?

Very much recommend.

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Religious book

I'm not a religious person and there was no indication that this book was about God. If I had know I wouldn't have bought the book. Not that I have anything against God, just would have been nice to know this was a religious book so I could have known if I wanted to read it or not. I was not given that choice.

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Lifechanging

This book is lifechanging as it communicates biblical truths in a practical way & has challenged me to reframe my thinking & behaviour.

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Insight and Solutions

After learning the principles in this book, I was able to reframe some of the discussions and roadblocks I had encountered in parenting. When my teenage children now make a claim that rings with entitlement, I call it out. What is funny and unexpected, is that now they have learned to recognize it in their friends conversations (and in other situations), and they have begun calling it out ("That's an entitled attitude!") and naming it as well!

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  • Mr Gibbo
  • 03-18-22

The real deal

Best self help book I have ever read, that has a healthy respect for life, reality, human tendencies and God. I hope thus book is a catalyst for you too

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  • Richie curry
  • 10-06-15

Excellent.

One of the best in a long time, loved it.
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