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:
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.
©2012 Danielle LaPorte (P)2012 Random House
"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)
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.
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.
She is awesome :)
Listened to it twice in the car over a few weeks
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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!
No. The author gives a pretty clear picture of herself in the book, and I don't think she has anything relevant to say.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Absolutely wonderful! Danielle LaPorte is insightful and enlightened, but extremely real and relate-able. I also bought the hardcover book, and I'm going to make this a quarterly listen/read. Poignant and powerful - plus LaPorte has a great reading voice!
It depends. I love listening to Danielle speak. She's got so much life in her voice. I have the book and I actually use them together because there are activities that the book covers and it's helpful to have them written out for you to complete as opposed to listening to them and trying to write them all down.
Feel It Real by Denise Coates. But a lot more in depth and a lot less new-agey. I think Danielle wrote a book that was easy to access in terms of "radical" thoughts and exercises to help you work through them.
I liked her chapter on Core Feelings a lot. Just trying to figure out what those things are for you are amazing at centering you and guiding you to the right answers for what you want to do in your life.
The part when she asked her son what it felt like to be alive.
I'm actually reading the book as well as listening to the book. It's really a little workshop and going through it is helpful. I think Danielle has written a book that's useful for people who want to be themselves and find a path that seems true to them. I also think her voice is just wonderful to listen to. She's calming but also has so much energy and vitality that you can hear as she's going through her book. If she ever does any live courses I am looking forward to attending!
Great audio to listen to at any time, in the car, snippets of chapters, in the gym, on the yoga mat.
Yes absolutely! This got me taking powerful action in my life that will cause positive changes for years to come!
The emotion behind her voice brought the book to life.
Yes, but it was also a book I wanted to playback over and over.
Every once in a while you come across someone who is a teacher...a teacher of life, of hard knocks and who has the natural ability to inspire. Danielle LaPorte is a natural. Her ideas hit deeply - and she delivers this with the perfect voice. Well done! Bravo!!!
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