“YOU are a BADASS: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life”. By Jen Sincero
I am a self-confessed self-help book hoarder. I feel like I just can’t get enough of them. I’m always looking for ways to improve myself, my ways of thinking, and the way I go about my day. I always want to be better, stronger, happier, and more successful. I feel like this book is the ultimate of self-help books. Author Jen Sincero combines her knowledge of self helps into this all in one fantastic book, and if you’re not much of a self-help book type person, this is definitely the book to read. She has an awesome way of engaging her audience with her humor and wit. She swears, is unapologetic, sometimes slightly mean, honest and straightforward, and it’s hilarious.
The book is divided into 5 parts:
1.) How you got this way,
2.) How to embrace your inner badass
3.) How to tap into the motherload,
4.) How to get over your B.S. already
5.) How to kick some ass.
Throughout the book, Jen makes reference to “The Universe”. This can be whatever you want it to be depending on your personal beliefs. “God, Goddess, The Big Guy, Source Energy, Higher Power, gut, intuition, …”etc. Based on my personal beliefs, I replaced “The Universe” with “God” and this made all the difference as I read on.
Jen has a no bullshit mentality. You want something…go for it. Throughout the book she has super easy exercises for you to complete and get your mind going. I have to admit that I didn’t actually do them. (Except maybe one) But I did do them in my head. So when she gives you a task say for example in chapter 24 she says “Write a mantra that you can run over and over in your mind to help you manifest the money you desire” I did this in my head, however I do strongly believe writing them down would be much more effective. I promise you, none of the exercises are annoying and the main reason I didn’t actually complete them all is because I have a toddler next to me 24/7 that likes to take my pen and color all over her face and tear apart the pages of my notebooks. (Truth!) Ok maybe I was just a bit lazy. But hear me out, these exercises are short and to the point and very beneficial. You can essentially do them in your head as I did with most of them however, if you actually write them down you can look back at them, re-read them to yourself once you have finished the book and keep your mind refreshed. I don’t know about you but once I’m done a self-help book (even awesome ones) I forget every damn thing I read. So do yourself a favour and grab a pen. Write them on post in notes and place them throughout your house. It will be a win win situation too if your partner/husband/wife or whoever reads them.
You will like this book if:
- You want to make money and don’t know where to start.
- You’re a procrastinator
- You have self-sabotaging beliefs
- You want to love yourself
- You want to love your life
- You want to understand why you are the way you are
- You want to understand who you are
- You want to release your inner badass (cause you know you have it)
Some of my favourite quotes:
“Most people are living an illusion based on someone else’s beliefs” (21)
“The people you surround yourself with are excellent mirrors for who you are and how much or how little you love yourself” (177)
“It’s about respecting yourself, instead of catering to your insecure need to be liked” (Sincero on being liked.)(182)
“We all know someone who does not take shit from anyone. Ever.” (182)
“By becoming aware of what we do, we can investigate why we do it and then chose to keep it or drop it, instead of blindly reacting through habit (182)
“So often, we pretend we’ve made a decision, when what we’ve really done is signed up to try until it gets too uncomfortable” (192)
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” (193)
“Nobody gets to the top of the mountain without falling on his face over and over again” (194)
“The only failure is quitting. Everything else is just gathering information” (195)
“In order to change your life and start living a new one that you’ve never lived before, your faith in miracles, and yourself, must be greater that your fear” (200)
“Instead of being in reaction mode, it’s about being in action mode. It’s about no longer acting like a victim (letting your circumstances control your life) and instead acting like a superhero. (Creating a life that has you waking up in giddy disbelief that you get to be you.)” (220)
“Your faith in The Universe must be stronger than your fear of not getting what you want” (225)
“Your life is your party. You get to choose how you invite people and experiences and things into it” (227)
“Surrendering is the free-falling backwards into the unknown and trusting that The Universe will catch you. And this cant be done from a place of lack or a place of mistrust” (229)
A great tip that I took away from this book was to read a self-help book each day. I’m not talking about reading the entire book all in one shot but reading a minimum of 30 minutes each day to keep your mind fresh with inspiration and motivation. I thought this was such a great tip. I’m constantly reading books of all sorts, especially being a book blogger and as I mentioned above I am quickly forgetting what I read, especially once I’m onto a new book. Jen recommends two great books that she’s constantly reading, “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill, and “The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace Wattles.
There are very few…VERY FEW books that I classify under the “I would read this one again” category and I would have to say this is one of them. It motivated me the way a self-help book should and I would recommend reading it. If you pick up this book, don’t forget to check out the end, which contains an awesome list of self-help books that she highly recommends. (Thanks Jen! Love it!)
Happy Reading! XO
**I borrowed this book from the good old trusted Toronto Public Library. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. “You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting your Greatness and start living an awesome life” by Jen Sincero can be purchased off amazon.ca or chapters.indigo.ca for $16.46. (Prices are subject to change)