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Pat Reeder, with Laura Ainsworth
Foreword by Former
Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee
Excerpts From the Foreword to "Nine Hallmarks" by Mike Huckabee
"Pat Reeder and Laura Ainsworth's Comedy Wire is as much a part of my morning reading routine as the Bible and the morning paper. It may not be as important as the Bible, but it sure as heck is more pleasurable than the morning paper...
In my world of the full contact sport of politics and public office, a sense of humor is as necessary as a roomful of lobbyists lined up to hand over big checks for the campaign. This book is a million dollars worth of laughs, and it doesn't cost that much, and you get to skip the finger food...
In the interest of full disclosure, I confess that some mornings, I've hated Pat and Laura as well -- those days when I laughed so hard, I spewed coffee all over my computer keyboard, or had to change shirts or (please don't tell this!) pants...
Read this book on days when you really feel down on yourself. You'll be lifted up knowing that there are other people who really are dumber than you feel."
-- Mike Huckabee,
Former Ark. Governor/2008 Presidential Candidate
(For more on Mike Huckabee, scroll to the bottom of this page)
1. Never plan ahead.
2. Lose sight of the goal.
3. Don't sweat the details.
4. Don't communicate clearly.
5. Work while drunk, high or otherwise indulging your addictions.
6. Call undue attention to yourself.
7. Lose your cool.
8. Claim talents and abilities you don't really have.
9. Bend over too far backwards.
Any one (or a combination) of these mistakes can result in chaos, embarrassment, and in the worst case scenarios, someone dialing 911 and alerting the media. Nobody is immune, from petty criminals with third grade educations to top government bureaucrats and major corporations, as we richly and humorously demonstrate.
For instance, ponder
the Romanian man who tried to kill his lice by shampooing his hair with
gasoline and drying it by a blazing wood stove really showed any less
for details than the top British government scientists who studied a
of sheep brains for four years before finally discovering something
it was actually a mislabeled sample
of cow brains.
Incompetent Losers" offers solid, common sense business and personal
in a form that will make you laugh until your nose bleeds. It makes a
addition to your own bookshelf and the perfect gift for friends who
suffered through one too many "secrets of success" books. Order it
and find out why one prominent reviewer of business and self-help books
hailed it as "a breath of fresh air!"
|Nine Hallmarks of Highly Incompetent Losers
is wonderful -- It's like eating really delicious candy. You just
can't stop because you know the next bit is going to be just as
-- Steve Young, Emmy-Winning Writer
"Late Show With David Letterman"
FROM "NINE HALLMARKS OF
HIGHLY INCOMPETENT LOSERS"
LOSER HALLMARK #6:
CALL UNDUE ATTENTION TO YOURSELF
President Reagan used to keep a sign on his desk in the Oval Office that read, "There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit." I don't know who said this originally, but many people gave the credit to Reagan, and he never turned it down.
Admittedly, it is tough to take advice about not courting attention from a man whose major careers included male model, Hollywood actor and politician. Despite all that blatant attention-mongering, Ronald Reagan was certainly no loser. Likewise, Donald Trump is fabulously successful, and he is so attracted to the spotlight that he is rumored to have moth DNA. Our pop culture landscape is littered with "celebrities" whose entire careers, if one can call them that, stem from nothing but their willingness to do anything, from eating scorpions to rolling around in rats, to call attention to themselves. These people include Tom Green, all the contestants on Survivor, Fear Factor and Temptation Island, and anyone who has ever appeared on MTV...
No matter how
it may be to invite the world's notice, sometimes it's just plain
Again, let's start with the people who should know this truism better
* A registered sex offender wanted for walking away from a halfway house was captured in San Diego after he was noticed walking in a park, wearing an orange shirt with the word "FUGITIVE" printed on it in large block letters. A police spokesman said it was just a shirt he had, so he wore it. Probably because his "REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER" T-shirt was in the wash.
* An ex-con
the Australian prison system for $265,000, claiming that because of
confusing record keeping system, he'd been held 239 days longer than he
should have. Prison authorities in Queensland recalculated his sentence
and found that he was right about it being incorrect, but he had
been released six weeks early. They never would have noticed if he
called attention to it. He was sent back to jail for another six weeks.
See, he told them it was
the poor losers who called attention to themselves did so primarily
they were dumber than a mud lump. But stupidity is not the only
cause of a thirst for attention. Competent, even intelligent, crooks
also call too much attention to themselves, just through sheer
* A Florida fraud suspect who cashed nearly $200,000 worth of bad checks got so cocky, he made a video and sent it to the police, taunting them by saying, "Here I am, now you know what I look like! Catch me if you can!" Well, they did. They simply went to his mother's house in Hialeah, and there he was. Turned out being a criminal genius was a lot harder than it seemed in his comic books.
* Proving that
is not for amateurs, a man stood up at open mic night at a Macon,
comedy club and began doing "slice of life" jokes about the subject he
knew best: the three bank robberies he had pulled. The audience thought
it was a skit, but the club manager, an ex-cop, realized it wasn't and
called the police. The would-be funnyman was captured and sentenced to
a rather big slice of Life: 87 years in prison. At least he now has a
audience for his jokes...
so we learn that
undue attention to yourself is a definite career drag for criminals.
what about those who crave attention as an easy way of advancing
Everyone wants to be popular, and in our society, fame is often
equated with popularity; so it's tempting to think that making an overt
grab for attention is the first step on the road to winning your true
advancing your favorite cause, or being the most popular person on your
block. Well, dream on...
* A Hong Kong woman who was jilted by her married lover decided that the way to win him back was to be impossible to ignore. So she phoned him approximately 1,000 times a day for three years. After two years, the man quit his job and changed all his phone numbers to avoid her; but she found out his new numbers, resumed the calls and started sending 500 faxes a day as well. She may never land another boyfriend, but she could easily land a job as a telemarketer.
* A sexy, 27-year-old animal rights activist decided to draw attention to her anti-fur crusade by standing outside a busy Tucson, Arizona, shopping center, wearing nothing but panties and a strategically-placed banner reading, "Human Skin In, Animal Skin Out." She got more attention than she bargained for when male drivers slammed on the brakes to gawk, resulting in a multi-car pile-up. All her stunt accomplished was to prove that the skin of a fox is hard to resist.
* Members of an antique rifle club in Yorkshire, England, certainly chose an attention-getting name: "The Cock, Ball, Nipple and Touchhole Club." Actually, those are all parts on an antique rifle. But the gimmick backfired when the local bank closed their checking account for being just 32 pence overdrawn. A bank spokesman claimed the account closure was not due to the club's filthy-sounding name. Nor to his keen disappointment after he subscribed to their newsletter.
* An Essex,
man who was locally famous for his elaborate Christmas decorations
to do "something a bit different" to draw even more attention. He spent
$950 on a 30-foot-tall inflatable snowman with a giant top hat and a
carrot nose. It drew crowds of strangers, but it made him very
with his own neighbors. They claimed it seemed to be staring through
bedroom windows, and some complained of having nightmares about being
by a giant snowman. It truly was abominable...
Okay, so maybe drawing lots of attention to yourself isn't always the best way to advance socially. Still, there's no denying that in order to advance on the job, you must get noticed. If you don't, you may spend the rest of your career in a cubicle, dreaming of the day when you can retire and live out your last years in a tiny room that actually has a fourth wall and a ceiling.
But beware: your job is the place where the difference between "good attention" and "bad attention" becomes critical. Being noticed by your boss because you landed a million-dollar sales contract is "good attention." Being noticed by your boss because you photocopied your butt at the office Christmas party and e-mailed a copy to everyone on the board of directors is "bad attention." Unless you have an incredibly attractive butt.
As Robbie Knieval
tell you, attention-getting stunts are an extremely risky way to
your career and can have quite the opposite effect...
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And here are links to books written by Mike Huckabee:
Character Makes A Difference
From Hope To Higher Ground
Quit Digging Your Grave With A Knife And Fork
All material © copyright 2002-2005 by Pat Reeder & Laura Ainsworth.