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The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms | [Danielle LaPorte]

The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms

As the creator of DanielleLaPorte.com - deemed "the best place online for kick-ass spirituality," Danielle LaPorte’s straight-talk life-and-livelihood sermons have inspired over one million people. Bold but empathetic, she reframes popular self-help and success concepts.
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Publisher's Summary

The Fire Starter Sessions is an apathy-kicking, integrity-infusing guide to defining success on your own terms.

As the creator of DanielleLaPorte.com - deemed "the best place online for kick-ass spirituality," Danielle LaPorte’s straight-talk life-and-livelihood sermons have inspired over one million people. Bold but empathetic, she reframes popular self-help and success concepts:

  • Life balance is a myth, and the pursuit of it is causing us more stress then the craving for balance itself.
  • Being well-rounded is over-rated. When you focus on developing your true strengths, you enter your mastery zone.
  • Screw your principles (they might be holding you back).

We have ambition backwards. Getting clear on how you want to feel in your life + work is more important than setting goals. It's the most potent form of clarity that you can have, and it's what leads to true fulfillment.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2012 Danielle LaPorte (P)2012 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Danielle LaPorte is scary smart, yet so kind and practical that she kindles the fire in you without causing you to feel consumed by the flames. She has the knowledge you need to succeed. Lean in and listen close. What she has to say is what our spirits need to hear." (Martha Beck, author of Steering by Starlight)

"The revolution you’ve been waiting for, it will shake up and wake up every aspect of your life. Danielle LaPorte offers soulful wisdom to create a blueprint for moguls, spiritual rock stars, and lovers of life. Skinny-dip headfirst into this hot and fabulous book. I dare you." (Kris Carr, author of Crazy Sexy Diet)

"Danielle’s passion leaps off the page, and reading a few chapters of this book will ignite you into action.” (Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project)

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    Anna 05-02-15
    Anna 05-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Burning, beautiful inspiration"

    Love everything about Danielle and this book! Listenening to it sparks my inspiration and makes me want to go out and build my dreambusiness right now! Filled with sooo much wisdom, tools and tips. And Danielles unique way of telling beautiful storys in her own poetic language.
    (I also recommend Danielles second book The desire map)

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    Deb 03-17-15
    Deb 03-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    This book was a suggested read for my coaching course. It was full of spunk, humor and wisdom delivered by a living legend. Highly recommend it.

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    david 03-03-15
    david 03-03-15 Member Since 2014

    Reader of wisdom, constantly hungry to improve.

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    "Inspiring book with practical advise"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fire Starter Sessions to be better than the print version?

    I like her voice, I think her voice tone is clear, relaxing, and sweet. I haven't bought the print version, I usually listen to books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The parts on fear, the parts on not being scared of making happiness your priority over money and other mundane things


    Which character – as performed by Danielle LaPorte – was your favorite?

    She tries to make her American Southerner voice but although is not even close, she is funny


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Define the worse case scenario, that way fear no longer controls you


    Any additional comments?

    She drops a few F bombs here and there, I didn't like that on the audio, it may offend some people, I think the F bombs in the audio should be taken off, the book has some beautiful content and then suddenly an F bomb.. just doesn't feel right.

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    Eddy 03-03-15
    Eddy 03-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "insight, useful, great voice"

    Pleasantly surprised how amazing this collection of wisdom is. Wonderful voice to tell the story. practical and useful. On Fire

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vilasi Bedminster, NJ, United States 02-25-15
    Vilasi Bedminster, NJ, United States 02-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Her voice, her message, her truthtelling."

    This book gets more useful with each listen. More affirming. More wry nods. Thank you. I consider this my favorite stock taker when I at pivotal moment in my business.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence San Francisco, USA 10-27-13
    Lawrence San Francisco, USA 10-27-13 Member Since 2012

    master-chef

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    "This is good"

    Read by LaPorte, much of the otherwise too cute vernacular is completely authentic. It is intimate, insightful and far less fluffy than I had feared. (Starting a new business? LaPorte's most important advice: "Go and fetch the money." At the same time, she frames how much is enough.)

    The text is peppered with apposite and unusual quotes. She is generous to those whose ideas have influenced her, giving acknowledgement and thorough references in case you want more background.

    I am precious about my listening time but this one will get a second listen.

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    Amazon Customer 09-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Much Better Read Than Read To"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Danielle LaPorte's books are always fabulous and inspiring, and while her voice is lovely this is one that I would much rather pick up the physical book than listen to just because of the content.


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    Claire Auckland, New Zealand 06-17-13
    Claire Auckland, New Zealand 06-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A MUST have - so refreshingly honest and helpful"
    Where does The Fire Starter Sessions rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    TOP x


    Have you listened to any of Danielle LaPorte’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She is awesome :)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Listened to it twice in the car over a few weeks


    Any additional comments?

    Get it x

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Esther San Diego, CA, United States 04-18-13
    Esther San Diego, CA, United States 04-18-13
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    "Fiery, soulful, poetic masterpiece!"

    I highly recommend this book, especially if you are at a major crossroads in your life! I had recently been “laid off” (total blessing!) and needed some soul igniting guidance on how to recreate my dream work for this season of my life.

    Some of my favorite quotes from the book are:

    "Being your true self is the most effective formula for success."

    "Your most valuable currency is what comes most naturally to you."

    "If it doesn't light you up, you're not the right person for the job."

    "When being real is your priority, the various parts of your life start to groove. Your career will begin to reflect your true passion; your living room will match your values; your friends will fit your soul; and your wealth - of which there are many definitions - will start to measure up with your notion of freedom."

    This is seriously some of the best advice I heard in a loooong time. I listened to the audiobook twice already, so I could let the wisdom soak into my being. Plus I LOOOOOVE Danielle's voice!

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    Matthew Falls Church, VA, United States 03-06-13
    Matthew Falls Church, VA, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Everything you dread about a self help book"
    Would you try another book from Danielle LaPorte and/or Danielle LaPorte?

    No. The author gives a pretty clear picture of herself in the book, and I don't think she has anything relevant to say.


    Has The Fire Starter Sessions turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes and No. I love books in this genre, but only when they are actually insightful, original, or well structured. This book was none of these. I will continue to seek out books like Rework, the Four Hour Work Week, and Happiness Advantage, but be more wary of "Soulful" works that just string together cute contemporary sayings.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was the author, which has generally (but not always) been a bad idea. The narrator's voice and tone are sappy from beginning to end. But then again, the material is totally sappy, so I guess it fits in that sense.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Fire Starter Sessions?

    I would not have allowed myself to be an editor to this book. I would have told the publisher that it's not fit to print.


    Any additional comments?

    Self help books are often seen by close-minded people as an amalgamation of pop psychology, teaching goofy and cliche lessons like "believe in yourself" and "define your life on your own terms." That's too bad since there is a growing number of books that can truly empower the reader to effect positive change in his or her life and community. This book enforces the mistaken notion that self help books are written for flakes and by flakes. This is absolutely the flakiest, most cliche, bad advice I've ever been exposed to. Bad, bad, bad... and this coming from a guy who loved The Happiness Advantage and Outliers.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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