Title: You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
Author: Jen Sincero
Release Date: September 16, 2013
Publisher: Tantor Media
Voice Actor: Jen Sincero
Finished Reading: December 11, 2014
About: “Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up twenty-seven bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.
Via chapters such as ‘Your Brain Is Your Bitch,’ ‘Fear Is for Suckers’ and ‘My Subconscious Made Me Do It,’ Sincero takes you on a wild joy ride to your own transformation, helping you create the money, relationships, career, and general all-around awesomeness you so desire. And should you be one of those people who dreads getting busted with a self-help book in your hands, fear not. Sincero, a former skeptic herself, delivers the goods minus the New Age cheese, giving even the snarkiest of poo-pooers exactly what they need to get out of their ruts and start kicking some ass.
By the end of You Are a Badass, you will 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 start living the kind of life you used to be jealous of.”
I was perusing the library shelves, as I often do, and decided that I was going to start listening to Playaways while at work. That’s 8 hours of time that I could be doing something worth-while (sorry, work). So I was just browsing, not intending to grab anything, and then I came across this book. I read the title as far as “You’re A Badass”, thought <em>Yes, I am</em>, grabbed it and left. I had no idea i just picked up my first Playaway and my first self-help book.
When I hooked up my headphones and opened a spreadsheet to start working, I still had no idea I was about to dive into the self-help world. As my realization slowly adjusted and became known that that is exactly what I was listening to, I almost laughed out loud. Aren’t these the types of books for people who are down in the dumps and have little, to no, self worth? This outta be good.
Sincero (pronounced like Sin Chair o) did a pretty good job of not talking down to me. There weren’t really moments of <em>holy crap, this knowledge will change how I do everything from now on</em>, but she wasn’t off-base in how she was presenting her information. I loved that she talked to you like you’re a person, because that’s exactly what I am. A person. I’m not an ambiguous reader on the other end of a boring book. I’m a person.
There was a moment when she started talking about religion and I got a little worried that she was going to get preachy at this point, but she didn’t. For that, I thank you, Sincero.
<strong>My rating and why:</strong> I gave this book three stars! It’s a good book if this is what you’re looking for. This book just isn’t for me. I’m not “into” the self-help life, but I can see where this book could be beneficial to someone who is down on their luck.
Your turn! Have you read any books you thought were something completely different? Have you done the self-help thing? How do you feel about Playaways? Let me know in the comments below! Like. Comment. Follow. New book review to come tomorrow!
Until next time my fellow bibliophile!