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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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    Helene Kew, Australia 06-21-12
    Helene Kew, Australia 06-21-12 Member Since 2011

    Mother,Lover,Counselor,Parent Adviser, Reader, Writer, Blogger, Thinker, Creator, Artist, Academic, Speaker, Motivator, Maker of Monumental Mistakes, Human Being.

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    "Confusing Contrast"

    If you're in the market for some sugar-coated rags to riches fairy tale kind of motivation and inspiration then add Fire Starter Sessions to your shopping cart. This book wasn't for me.... so little content, so much confetti...

    Call me bitter and twisted (I won't deny I experience feelings and emotions along these lines) but the integrity of the rags to riches story didn't stand up for me. You don't get to be a White House Think Tank consultant (or whatever it was DLaP. was) without first having money and/or connections. Try telling someone from the 'burbs with no degree in anything and no connections they can do anything "'cause I did" and you just do more harm than good and create more dissatisfaction than good feeling.

    One thing I really didn't get was the confusing contrast between Danielle's bring it on, bad-ass blog and her breathy sultry-soft reading voice. It just didn't gel for me. D LaP sounded like she should be reading erotic fiction not 'Kick Ass' motivation / inspiration which is what I understood her market was. Although with her burgeoning success she now seems to be turning more towards a 'be kind and gentle to yourself' persona. DLaP pays lip service to 'it's not about money' all the while peddling the 'you can have it all' brand of prosperity theology. What she does succeed in doing is creating a new generation of cliches which ultimately becomes- well- cliched and tiresome.

    I bought this with my audible credit and as an initial investment to see if it gave any indication her Big Beautiful Book Plan was worth the $150 investment- From listening to Fire Starter Sessions I've decided Probably Not. Not enough practical advice or strategy in FSS to indicate you would get anything different in BBBP.

    If anyone has any concrete evidence I'm wrong- please let me know.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    r Utrecht, Netherlands 06-20-12
    r Utrecht, Netherlands 06-20-12
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    "Brilliant!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love this book! Danielle LaPorte has a way of expressing herself very directly, very modern. she's spot on.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Jackson, NJ, United States 06-19-12
    Craig Jackson, NJ, United States 06-19-12
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    "The Passion Shines Through"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fire Starter Sessions to be better than the print version?

    Yes, as the author has the workbook materials available on her website for free


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's passion for her beliefs shines through, and made me a believer


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanette Sydney, Australia 06-11-12
    Jeanette Sydney, Australia 06-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Content"
    Where does The Fire Starter Sessions rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It rates well in regards to content but I wasn't a fan of her writing style or delivery.


    What aspect of Danielle LaPorte’s performance would you have changed?

    I felt her voice was quite monotone and wasn't always a fan of her langauge. I particularly didn't like how she would just rattle off a whole lot of single words one after the other.


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

    Lots of great ideas and advice, I liked the ones about finding your passion and following your intuition.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shayla Moncton, NB, Canada 06-06-12
    Shayla Moncton, NB, Canada 06-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Paradigm Shifts ahead!"

    Brilliant performance. Danielle's soulful reading is electric and I'm all charged up! The audio also comes with a downloadable study guide with coaching questions so effective, you'll be well equipped to uplevel your life. For anyone who would love a top notch coach or a life makeover program that calls you out on your issues, offers loving support, and helps you figure out your path, this will deliver and at a fraction of the cost and time from those who are much less qualified (as in getting results for their people) to do so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-05-12
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    "My Fire Has Been Reignited"
    Where does The Fire Starter Sessions rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Danielle LaPorte reads her work with passion and reality - this is definitely one of the best audios I've ever experienced


    What other book might you compare The Fire Starter Sessions to and why?

    It is what it is and needs no comparison - if you want to start or reignite your fire this is the one for you.


    What does Danielle LaPorte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Passion and purpose


    What did you learn from The Fire Starter Sessions that you would use in your daily life?

    Too much to fit into this little box


    Any additional comments?

    I'm listening again already.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    paul Ramsey, NJ, United States 06-04-12
    paul Ramsey, NJ, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Fire Starter Sessions - This book rocks"
    What did you love best about The Fire Starter Sessions?

    Depending on your mindset, this book is an outstanding listen. But you gotta have some of the right DNA to begin with to get in the same universe as LaPort. I will take a second listen in a few weeks.... see how I feel then, will let u all know.

    Good work Danielle....


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

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany CAMERON PARK, CA, United States 05-25-12
    Tiffany CAMERON PARK, CA, United States 05-25-12
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    "Exquisite"
    Where does The Fire Starter Sessions rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My favorite this far.


    What other book might you compare The Fire Starter Sessions to and why?

    I also quite enjoyed The Power, though a different perspective.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whold darn thing.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to it twice, back to back. May I suggest the audio version over the hard copy purely for the reason that Danielle's voice and delivery truly "bring it home" and will lull you into your best life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SedentaryHeroine Chappaqua, NY, United States 05-25-12
    SedentaryHeroine Chappaqua, NY, United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2010

    Foreign voices become dear friends, whispering in my ear. Some last long after the story has ended, heard, then, by all whom I touch.

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    "Too much marketing; too little meat"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure; maybe someone more turned on by flashy marketing


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

    Not at all


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Danielle LaPorte?

    probably not


    Any additional comments?

    The ideas presented in this book are borrowed from others but sort of mangled in the process; I'd look to Martha Beck, Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra or others for a more substantive listen.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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