Friday, November 14, 2014

Good Advice from Bad People by Zac Bissonnette

"If you are given a chance to be a role model, I think you should always take it because you can influence a person's life in a positive light, and that's what I want to do. That's what it's all about." - Tiger Woods

I appreciate a strong sense of irony and seeing people get caught teetering on the moral high ground that they have staked their claim to. So, when Tiger Woods tells you it is important to be a role model, Rush Limbaugh becomes a relentless moral crusader for tougher drug laws and family values, and Jose Canseco says only a fool would use steroids, I have to appreciate it when the foundation of the moral high ground becomes a bit unstable. If you too enjoy a good sense of Schadenfreude, you'll love the book Good Advice from Bad People: selected Wisdom from Murderers, Stock Swindlers, and Lance Armstrong by Zac Bissonnette.

 Each two page spread in the book starts with a quote of wisdom and the next page explains why that just doesn't work for the person saying it. So, for example, after you read a quote from Rush Limbaugh saying how drug using is destroying the country, you then learn how he was investigated for illegally obtaining prescriptions, he paid thirty thousand dollars and agreed to complete an 18-month therapy program if the charges were dropped against him. All the famous names are there: OJ Simpson talking on the importance of being accountable for your actions, Donald Trump talking about the importance of not being cocky, and even advice from Jim Bakker. And, really, it's all good advice. And I'm sure they all wish they'd not only said the words of wisdom but put them into action as well.

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