Book Review: Get of Your “BUT”! by Sean Stephenson

Scott CostelloAll, Blog, Books 9 Comments

Have you ever heard of Sean Stephenson before?  I wasn’t really sure who he was when I first heard Julie Broad (from talk about reading his book and seeing him at a conference involving the Dali lama.    I then had one of those “Wait a sec” moments when I remembered seeing a TLC show featuring this short fella who was bound to a wheelchair.    He was going out on a date with this very attractive woman and I couldn’t help but marvel at how he was able to be just himself and how he connected with his date.

lace frontalWhen Steph Davis ( picked Sean’s book Get Off Your “But”: How to End Self-Sabotage and Stand Up for Yourself (affiliate link) I quickly jumped on amazon and ordered it.  It took me about 4 days to read it and I was pissed when I got to the last page because there wasn’t more.

The book is simply about overcoming your own, self inflicted obstacles in order to live a fulfilled life.  The lesson in the book centers around the the BUTs in your life…

I would have asked that investor to help me out BUT they won’t want to talk to me because I’m a new to the game

I would have called that seller back BUT I am not experienced enough to handle his situation

I would have bought that house BUT I am nervous about what to do next

and helps you overcome them.

Sean Stephenson is a psychotherapist and professional speaker who is a master at reversing self-doubt and lifting emotional bottle necks in other people.  He also is living with a disease called Brittle Bones Disease which has caused him to break 100’s of bones in his body.  If after seeing what he looks like and then seeing how confident and socially relaxed he is,  this book will blow your mind and inspire you to ask the question…”Why am I holding myself back by letting the BUT’s of my life get in the way?”.   I know I have since I read this book.

Before I end this book review I wanted to share one story from the book that really shocked me and made every obstacle in my life seem like a pencil on the ground in front of me…

Sean’s favorite holiday was Halloween.  He enjoyed that day because it was the only time of the year where he could be like everyone else.  As the hour approached to go trick or treating, Sean was getting so excited that while he was rolling around on the floor (his disease left his legs useless) he accidentally banged into the door jam which broke his femur.  The pain was unbearable!  His mother came running into the room to see what was wrong.  She saw what happened and didn’t call 911 or yell for help, all she could do for Sean was sit by his side.

You see, because of the brittle bones disease, Sean could not be moved, casted or anything else for fear that other bones would break.  Sean’s only course of action was to stay completely still for 6 weeks, laying in the same spot on the floor where he broke his femur, until it healed.   Who can ever imagine having to overcome that?  Sean has and did.  That to me is amazing!

Go pick up this book and read it.  Amazon has it for about $14.

Get Off Your “But”: How to End Self-Sabotage and Stand Up for Yourself (affiliate link)

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  1. I am so glad you enjoyed the book Scott!! Dave actually chatted with Sean at that conference and Dave was really impressed with Sean's ability to connect with him. And for Sean to be the speaker that stood out to me the most from that conference is pretty incredible because that conference had Richard Branson, Stephen Covey, Eben Pagan, Joe Polish and so many other folks that are pretty famous to me. But Sean has such a presence. He is living each and every moment of his life to the fullest and sees his challenges as the biggest gifts imaginable. Incredible and inspirational!!

  2. Sure thing Betsy. Let me know how the audio version is as I would like to have that in my car so I can listen to it on the way to work.

  3. That conference must have been amazing to say the least. You must have come out of there so pumped and feeling good about yourself you felt like you could do anything. Did you notice an increased effort when you got home?

  4. What we felt was a real desire to focus on contribution to others. We took a really good look at the direction we were heading and what we were doing. And it was motivational for sure but it was also enlightening.

    Our entire mind set has shifted since that conference. They are having another one this year in June in Calgary. Different speakers although the rumours I have heard about who will be there actually make it sound like it will be even better than last years event which seems impossible! I will be posting details on it once they announce it all but maybe you should plan to make a trip to Canada for it?!! 🙂 Would be awesome to meet you there and I know you would absolutely LOVE the event.

  5. I'm about half way through the audio book (6-plus hours). It's REALLY good to say the least. Sean reads the book himself (I've bought plenty of audio books that hire professional readers.) I don't think I'll ever be able to make excuses to not do things anymore after listening to Sean. That's a book I'll listen to many times.

  6. That's good to hear that Sean is the voice in the audio-book. I've heard him speak before so it would have been strange to hear another voice telling his story.

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