If the title of a book was called ‘Everyone Is Full Of Shit…And You Should Be Too’ would you read it? If so, then you are exactly the person I need help from.
As you can probably guess I have been working on a book with that title. Currently I have almost 30,000 words written. Problem is, I am now doubting whether anyone would be interested in such a book. So I need your help. Below is the first chapter. What do you think? Any and all feedback will be greatly appreciated!
You can tell it is going to contain a lot of bad words so if you are easily offended please do not read any further.
Everyone Is Full Of Shit…And You Should Be Too!
This book is full of shit. It’s full of a lot of shits actually. There’s good shit, bad shit, and shit of different types and meanings. But while it’s full of shit, it just might be the shit you need to hear. The shit that will make you look at life differently. The shit that just might help you get your shit together so you can live in a way that fulfils you.
Of course, saying everyone is full of shit is a bit of a sweeping generalisation and you may start to argue. Can everyone really be full of shit? And if that is the case then doesn’t that mean I am full of shit too? Well, my answer to that is yes…and yes. I stand by my first statement and I’m proud of the second. By the end of this book, you probably will be too. Either that, or you just won’t give a shit.
Look, I’m not saying people can’t be kind, truthful, helpful, considerate of others. That there aren’t great people out there. People who have made a real difference to humanity. People who have achieved great things. People who are worth aspiring to. Even just people you know and like spending time with.
I am saying though, that even those people, were filled with some degree of shit.
Don’t believe me? Let’s see. Who are some people that millions of us would say couldn’t be full of shit? Let’s take Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi. A woman who became a Saint and a man who is so famous his birthday is the International Day of Non-Violence and who has inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.
Saint Teresa of Calcutta was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (which, let us not forget, is named after Alfred Nobel. The guy who invented dynamite and who, upon his death in 1896, had a worldwide business empire which consisted of more than 90 factories manufacturing explosives and ammunition!) and created the Mission of Charity – a congregation dedicated to caring for “the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone.”
It all sounds impressive. Doesn’t it? Not a shit stain in sight.
But what about the fact she believed suffering was a gift from God and that many volunteers who went to Calcutta came back ‘disillusioned by the stern ideology and poverty-loving practice of the ‘Missionaries of Charity’’?
What about the fact she took money from The Duvalier family in Haiti whose rule she praised in return? Francois Duvalier’s authoritarian rule saw an estimated 30,000 citizens being killed by the government and hundreds of thousands of Haitians emigrating to the USA, Cuba and Canada.
She also took money from Charles Keating of the infamous Lincoln Savings and Loan Scandal which saw Keating scamming 23,000 investors out of $250million.
When she got sick she went to clinics in Paris and California and not the primitive hospice in Calcutta which was as run down when she died as it always was. Her hospices for the poor were known for ‘a significant lack of hygiene, even unfit conditions, as well as a shortage of actual care, inadequate food, and no painkillers’.
I guess when she said: “There is something beautiful in seeing the poor accept their lot, to suffer it like Christ’s Passion”, she wasn’t applying that rule to herself.
When we think of Gandhi we imagine poverty, peace and non-violence. A turn the other cheek mentality. But when you look into his sexual proclivities it’s not hard to imagine that the cheeks he might have been thinking about turning were butt cheeks. He was notorious for sleeping with other women. Both married, extremely young, or both.
Two women he would often have sleeping naked in his bed to test his ‘self-control’ were his 18-year-old grandniece and the 16-year-old wife of his grandnephew. I suppose he was lucky that this was in the time before mobile phones. There are also suggestions that he forbade other men to sleep with their wives while doing so himself.
Gandhi also espoused a concept of “unlearning”. Of doing away with all the advancements of the previous 50 years. He believed that “India’s salvation” meant getting rid of the railways, hospitals, lawyers (of which he used to be himself), doctors etc. He abhorred technology and his praise of poverty and suffering was disliked by many.
While Gandhi preached a doctrine of non-possession or non-attachment (Aparigraha) and for people to live a modest life. And appeared to do so himself with many believing he voluntarily led a simple life. A little digging will show you that he was backed by industrial billionaires like the merchant prince Ghanshyam Das Birla. The joke being that it ‘cost the nation a fortune to keep Gandhi living in poverty’.
And let’s not forget he viewed his wife as a cow and disowned his own son for not following in his footsteps.
Look, I’m not saying Teresa and Gandhi were complete shit heads. Their good deeds are world-renowned. There are even quotes of Gandhi’s I live by. Notably, ‘Be the change in the world you want to see’ and ‘Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever’. Powerful stuff. And both these people’s lives are an inspiration to many.
I’m just showing you that they had their shit to. It doesn’t matter how great you think someone is. It doesn’t matter how great you think you are. Reality is, we are all full of shit to some degree or other. The lesson here is that even the people you think aren’t full of shit probably are.
I listened to an interview recently. It was the great self-help guru Tony Robbins interviewing Irish UFC legend Conor McGregor.
Anyone who is into personal development knows about Robbins. He’s a giant in the industry. I’ve never listened to or read any of his work myself. I just can’t get past the cheese to enjoy the meat of his message. But I’ve heard him mentioned a lot. I’ve seen his books on bestseller lists. He is held in high regard by others.
McGregor, I know about all too well. He’s the reason I listened to the interview. The man is an Irish legend. I’m Irish too. It’s a small island. It’s hard not to know someone from here that becomes successful.
The reason I am using this interview as an example is that I’m aware of McGregor’s story. I doubt there is anyone in Ireland who isn’t. The man is an inspiration…and a shithead. He talks a great game. Fought a great few fights. Rose from being unemployed to making millions. Lives and breathes great motivational advice.
He also gets arrested for robbery and criminal damage. Has been investigated for an alleged sexual assault and apparently punches old men on the head for not wanting to drink his own brand whisky.
You only have to look at the comment section of the interview to get an idea of how polarising he is. Some people think he is great. Some not. Some think he’s an ambassador for Ireland. Some an embarrassment.
He does say some great soundbites. He’s motivational and inspirational when he says: “There’s no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent does not exist. We are all human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top, and that’s that. I am not talented, I am obsessed.”.
For some, he’s full of shit especially when he says things like: ‘Get your tits out for the lads, ladies’, on International Women’s Day.
Robbins is more clean, more cultivated, more experienced, in painting a nice clear cut picture. He goes a long way in maintaining that image. And has the lawyers to back it up.
That doesn’t mean that his shitty moments haven’t come to light. A BuzzFeed News investigation claimed that leaked records revealed he ‘used his fame to berate victims of rape and violence’ and that former female staffers have ‘accused him of inappropriate sexual advances’. Hardly the behaviour you would expect from arguably the world’s most recognised self-help guru. But there you have it. He has his shit too.
I’m writing this after having listened to over 250 hours of personal development/self-help/entrepreneur type of books. It’s safe to say that at this stage I’ve heard a lot of shit. I’ve heard some good shit. Shit that has helped me turn my life around from someone who smoked a lot of marijuana for over 20 years, didn’t exercise and was a bit of a lazy mess. To someone who has got their shit together. Well, not completely, that’s me talking shit by saying so.
I’ve also heard a lot of bad shit. And by bad shit, I mean shit that stinks. Shit that stinks so much even thinking about it now it’s making my nose hairs quiver. And it’s not even that it stinks. It’s that thousands, if not millions, of people, believe that shit, venerate it, have it held aloft on a great golden commode hoping for some of it to fall on their faces and bless their shitty lives.
The point of this book is to show you that people talk shit all the time. People read and write (ahem) a lot of shit. They’ll be so convincing that you’ll even start believing that shit. You’ll look at all the shit they’ve done, how they did it, and want to do that shit yourself.
Frankly, I’m sick of people’s shit. I’m sick of the shit that’s just there to appease the masses, take advantage of the gullible, give false hope with misguided advice. This book is an antidote to that. It’s to help you by presenting the reality and to save you the trouble of wading through all that shit yourself. It will show you the good shit, the bad shit, why it doesn’t matter what shit you believe in, and ultimately the most important shit of all. That your shit is just as important as anyone else’s.
So while this book is most definitely full of shit. It just might be the shit you need to change your life. And while there are going to be plenty of shits, I’ll try and make it as shit-free as possible. Enjoy.