Author: Jen Sincero
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Book Length: 256
Publisher: Running Press Adult
In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word. If you’re ready to make some serious changes around here, You Are a Badass will help you: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, blast past your fears so you can take big exciting risks, figure out how to make some damn money already, learn to love yourself and others, set big goals and reach them – it will basically show you how to create a life you totally love, and how to create it NOW.
By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.
If you’re wanting to kick some serious ass in the money department (you wanna?) and start making the kind of dinero you ain’t never made before, pre-order the next book in the series that’s all about your financial badassery: You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth, coming April 2017 from Viking Books.
I have never read a self-help book before just because it is not the genre I typically gravitate towards. I like books that help me feel like I am escaping reality as opposed to facing it head on. Why, do you ask, did I decide to pick this up then? Well, for starters, there are a lot of times where— to put it quite bluntly— I’m not feeling like a badass whatsoever. It can be easy to compare yourself and/or your success to others’, doubt your abilities, and feel lost and confused about your place in the world among what seems to be only successful people. So, in an attempt to get motivated and feel awesome, I thought I would give this a chance. Secondly, a Youtuber that I started watching recently, Meredith Foster, was reading this book and praising it. She presents herself as a very positive person, so I thought, “If she likes it, maybe I will learn a thing or two.” And thirdly, it’s one of the books that my library has unlimited audio book copies of, so it was quick and convenient to download onto my Overdrive.
Now, you may have noticed I didn’t rate this one. The reason being, I really don’t know how to. Jen Sincero is a motivational speaker and success coach; it is her job to make people feel uplifted and inspired. In that regard, did she succeed? Yes. However, did she tell me anything I don’t already intrinsically know? No. Sometimes though, you just need someone to tell you the things your brain already knows but keeps doubting and I really needed to hear some of the things she said.
Important things I took away from this:
- It’s okay to not have everything together all the time; you will learn and grow through your mistakes and making them is not the end of the world (probably the most major thing I needed to hear).
- Being at peace with yourself involves being in the present moment more often than you are looking for things to dwell on from the past or make you anxious for the future (something I am very guilty of).
- You create your reality based on your beliefs— ridding yourself of subconscious beliefs that self-sabotage is the first step to living a better life.
Even though I already knew these things, it was still nice to hear them from someone else’s mouth. There are some things she said that I couldn’t really get on board with though. For example, she had mentioned an instance where she lied on a resume to get a job and basically the point of the story was to say that anyone is capable of anything and paper qualifications don’t matter. Her excuse was that she does have the qualifications in other ways. Like yes you’re an older sister so you’re good at being a leader, but so is half the world? I don’t know I just found it quite senseless. Another thing she said that I didn’t agree with was how she bought a really expensive car when she couldn’t afford it just because she believed that she would get the money somehow. To be honest, I don’t think I will ever be that irrational when making a big financial decision like that, and I’m totally okay with it.
All in all, if you are looking for a motivational read that is going to change you overnight, this probably isn’t it. However, if you are looking for a kick in the butt to make you feel a bit better and motivate you in the right direction, I recommend listening to the audio book version. I’ll leave this review with one of my favourite quotes of the book:
“You are on a journey with no defined beginning, middle, or end. There are no wrong twists and turns. There is just being. And your job is to be as you as you can be.”