Book Review: The No Complaining Rule (Jon Gordon, 2008)

nocomplainingA quick read containing some practical examples of how to implement a more positive culture in your personal and professional life. I like that someone can pick up this book, read it in one sitting, and immediately implement the directives and see results. No extensive study is required.

One of my favorite quotes that introduced the theme of the book came not from the author, but from Coach Lou Holtz: “Don’t complain. Eighty percent of the people you complain to don’t care and 20% are glad you have problems.” Therefore, when you complain, your audience is either not actually listening, hoping you will shut up, or is struggling to disguise their pleasure at your misfortunes. That alone is enough to give you second thoughts about airing your grievances.

But isn’t it healthy to express yourself and get it out of your system?

This commonly held belief is addressed in the book!

Later, author Jon Gordon advises readers to “stop being disappointed about where you are and start being optimistic about where you are going.” To this end, some of the great takeaways he includes are “The 3 No Complaining Tools” and “5 Things to Do Instead of Complain.”

I found it intriguing near the end of the book that the Gallup Organization once conducted research and discovered that there was an 80% correlation between the worst experiences of someone’s life and the best experiences.

Oftentimes, out of the adverse circumstances we find ourselves in, something great emerges that we would never have otherwise experienced. Although that isn’t always the case, it is worth remembering as we go through trials that it is at least a very good possibility that better times are ahead and that we’ll ultimately be able to look back on the tough times and see how it shaped our resolve or led to some measure of success as a result.

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