Larry Winget's 'Shut Up, Stop Whining & Get a Life' becomes a comic

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PHOENIX – Already known as “The Pitbull of Personal Development®,” best-selling author, TV personality, and professional speaker Larry Winget can now add another title to his resume – comic book hero.

A company called SmarterComics has taken Winget’s first best-seller, “Shut Up, Stop Whining & Get a Life: A Kick-Butt Approach to a Better Life,” and condensed the 229-page hardcover into an 80-page comic.

According to the SmarterComics, the visual power of comics combined with text helps the brain understand concepts and ideas faster and remember them longer. The comic version is based on a summary of the original.

Winget said he was very involved in the process.

“I got final approval on how the way I really looked, and I approved every singled panel that went in to make sure I was okay with it and what it said,” he explained.

While the comic is about one-third of the original book’s length and doesn’t contain everything the hardback has to over, the overall message is basically the same.

“Number one would be stop whining and don’t blame anyone else,” Winget said. “Your thoughts, your words, and mostly your actions created the life you’re living. Don’t blame others. Even if it’s their fault, it comes down to ‘What are you going to do about it?’” Winget’s next tip is take responsibility for everything.

“I have one core message,” he explained. “I’ve written five best-sellers. The core message is life’s your own damn fault. That’s it. Take responsibility.”

Tip number three is to get negative for positive results. Winget said we spend quite a bit of time telling people to have a positive attitude.

“A positive attitude really doesn’t fix too much,” he explained. “You need to get to get negative about your life. Say, ‘I’m better than this. I’m sick of my life looking like this,’ and then fix it.”

Winget said you need to figure out where you are and where you want to be. The next step is to determine what you’re going to give up in order to get there.

“Life’s not about getting anything,” he explained. “You don’t get successful. You figure out what’s keeping you from being successful and you give that up. You don’t get healthy. You give up what’s making you unhealthy. You don’t get rich. You give up what’s making you broke.

“You do an analysis of where you are, get really negative about it, and that creates the positive results.”

It’s all about action.

The SmarterComics version of “Shut Up, Stop Whining & Get a Life: A Kick-Butt Approach to a Better Life,” is available both as a printed book and an e-book for a variety of platforms, including online, iPhone, iPad, Android phones and Android tablets. The printer and Android tablet versions are available now. The rest will be available on Saturday, April 16.