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)
Mother,Lover,Counselor,Parent Adviser, Reader, Writer, Blogger, Thinker, Creator, Artist, Academic, Speaker, Motivator, Maker of Monumental Mistakes, Human Being.
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.
I love this book! Danielle LaPorte has a way of expressing herself very directly, very modern. she's spot on.
Yes, as the author has the workbook materials available on her website for free
The author's passion for her beliefs shines through, and made me a believer
It rates well in regards to content but I wasn't a fan of her writing style or delivery.
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.
Lots of great ideas and advice, I liked the ones about finding your passion and following your intuition.
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.
Danielle LaPorte reads her work with passion and reality - this is definitely one of the best audios I've ever experienced
It is what it is and needs no comparison - if you want to start or reignite your fire this is the one for you.
Passion and purpose
Too much to fit into this little box
I'm listening again already.
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....
My favorite this far.
I also quite enjoyed The Power, though a different perspective.
The whold darn thing.
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.
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.
Foreign voices become dear friends, whispering in my ear. Some last long after the story has ended, heard, then, by all whom I touch.
Not sure; maybe someone more turned on by flashy marketing
Not at all
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.
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