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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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  • Galia Ismakova
  • 23-05-17

Very good book

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

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  • Kenny
  • 18-12-16

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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  • Brian E. Finley
  • 03-03-16

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-09-17

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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  • S. Stirewalt
  • 22-02-17

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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  • Shayla
  • 13-12-15

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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  • Relaxed Energy
  • 10-09-16

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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  • Danny
  • 27-07-17

Absolutely essential reading

Thus book is a must read both for self development and to understand the entitled attitude.

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  • ong
  • 26-05-17

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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  • Debbie Pski
  • 28-04-17

Excellent work!

I bought this book to help me know what to do with my entitled husband and learned how much it applies to me too.

John Townsend is spot on like always. It's like he read my mail. I love his honest transparency. I plan on listening a second time and buying a physical copy so I can work on the questions he asks at the end of each chapter. Excellent work! So needed.

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