Bestselling author, speaker, and success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver. Full of blunt humor, sage advice, and the occasional swear word, You are a Badass offers its readers new opportunities for growth through 35 chapters of exercises, suggestions, and hilariously inspiring stories.
From “Fear is for Suckers” to “Your Brain is Your Bitch” these chapters provide enlightening lessons: How to stop doubting your greatness, how to love what you don’t love about yourself, and how to tap into source energy to live a bigger life than you’ve ever imagined.
My brother gave me this book for Christmas. Maybe it was the fantastic title that got his attention, or perhaps he thought I could use a little pep talk. I’ll be the first to admit that I do sometimes feel a little low and doubt my own level of ‘badassness,’ so I tried to go into this read with an open mind. To be honest, I don’t usually enjoy self-help books. Although initially intriguing, they tend to be monotonous and boring a lot of the time, and my attention usually wavers early on. It always seems to be a lot of stuff that I know I should be doing, and whether I actually follow through or not is a whole different story. I know it take conscientious work and effort to make changes in your life, and sometimes I lack in the follow through which actually results in feeling even worse about myself than I did when I started. However, I thought this was a very thoughtful gift that might at least provide a little inspiration for me, and I’m so glad that I gave this terrific read a chance!
Jen Sincero is a super witty author and has a great way of connecting with the reader. She acknowledges herself how cheesy and boring a lot of self-help guides can be, and although hers is very insightful it is also just a really funny book. I haven’t read her writing before, and she had me laughing with her off the wall humor. Her material was all very relatable and down to earth – not all out there and fancy schmancy like some books. At the same time, she suggests very motivating ideas that can easily be incorporated into everyday life – even if by only putting the ideas on a sticky note on your refrigerator as a reminder. She is very creative with even the little things, like her chapter titles and inspirational quotes, which really express her unique style and stand out to grab your attention.
‘It’s about having the cojones to show up as the brightest, happiest, badassiest version of yourself, whatever that looks like to you.’
Digging a little deeper into the book, Sincero touches on a number of problem areas in your life and the root causes of many insecurities that can affect your awesomeness. Then she guides you through the next steps of embracing your value in yourself, figuring out specifically what you want, how to get over yourself and negative behavior, and finally how to move forward and utilize all the knowledge gathered to be the absolute best that you can be. She does a fantastic job in relating how she has faced these same challenges in her own life as well and then gives examples for personal improvement and getting your life back on track.
You need to go from wanting to change your life to deciding to change your life. Wanting can be done sitting on the couch with a bong in your hand and a travel magazine in your lap. Deciding means jumping in all the way, doing whatever it takes, and going after your dreams with the tenacity of a dateless cheerleader a week before prom night.
Seriously? This is just such a cute and light-hearted approach to self-help, but it also includes a lot of depth and genuinely good direction. Sincero doesn’t drone on and on and certainly kept my attention from beginning to end. I moved through it quite quickly, which was perfect for my ‘relationship’ with this genre. She also left me with a lot of insight and goals that I will definitely put to good use.
Although this is not in my usual wheelhouse of romance reading, I really enjoyed stepping outside of the box and focussing on myself for a bit. Perhaps 2017 will be the year for me to fully embrace my own awesome and badass self, and I definitely recommend checking it out for yourself!
*** 4 Stars for Me! ***
About the Author:
Jen Sincero is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author, speaker and success coach who has helped countless people transform their personal and professional lives via her public appearances, private sessions, coaching seminars and, most recently, her latest #1 NY Times Bestselling book, “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life”.
She’s spoken on stages all over the world and has coached full-on super heroes, helping them build their dream businesses, become NY Times Bestselling authors, navigate million dollar business deals, find their soul mates and forgive their bitchy mothers who they now realize were just doing the best they could.
Before becoming a coach, Jen played in several rock bands and eventually wrote her first book, a semi-autobiographical novel called, “Don’t Sleep With Your Drummer.” When her plans to become a world-famous rockstar didn’t pan out, she decided to try being a lesbian instead, didn’t pull that off either, and wrote her second book, the National Bestseller, “The Straight Girl’s Guide to Sleeping With Chicks.” Jen currently lives in New Mexico, and can be found on the web at JenSincero.Com.
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