Book Review – You Are a Badass

You Are a Badass:How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
Jen Sincero
Running Press
Publication Date: April 23, 2013



“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.” ~ via Goodreads

At the core of this book is a truth – a truth that is not unique to this book, or this author. It is a truth that has been the subject of books before, many times over the last one hundred years or so. It is a truth, much like love, or happiness, or freedom, that does not diminish by being told and retold. It has been called The Secret, or the Law of Attraction in other contexts, but here it is simply the truth that you, yes you, are a badass.

The author, Jen Sincero, is able to take the fundamentals from Think and Grow Rich (Napoleon Hill) and The Science of Getting Rich (Wallace D. Wattles) and bring it into the new century. She makes us realize that the core principles still hold true today. But, more than that, she makes it personal. She shows us that we can use these principles to bring change to any aspect of our lives as long as we know what we want, we can believe in it (and in ourselves), and take whatever action we can to make it real without forcing or trying to control it.

The audio book is engaging, which can be tricky with one narrated by the author. She is able to bring us through the work in a way that is clear, crisp, and less stuffy than is common for this type of book. She is able to take an idea big enough to change lives all over the world, break it down, and make us realize that it is our lives and not something theoretical that could happen to someone else. The usual trappings of a self-help book are here (complete with a trip to India and a concluding chapter about the book writing process), but in a way that is inclusive and globetrotting. They give us a glimpse into the author’s life and make her story endearing.

On a personal note:
This book has helped me materialize a desire: I want to read and write more again. It gave me the kick I needed to stop listening to my own self-told, limiting beliefs and just start doing it… however I can. Be hellbent to make it happen. This book is powerful enough that I have told my wife that I want to start contributing to this page. I have just told my toughest accountability partner, who knows all my hangups and my standard excuses, that I am going to do this.

I give this book 5 stars for taking something that I know, and make me move on it.

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